Click the link below to listen to the 3rd episode of Port of Entry!
Episode 3: “Music and the Black Experience”
Professor Birgitta Johnson
How do you marry a love of music and Black history and culture? The first of African American Studies’ 2019-2020 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar lecturers, Ethnomusicologist and Professor Birgitta Johnson, talks to Program Director Kameelah Martin about the importance and place of music within the Black Experience.
Click the link below to listen to the 2nd episode of Port of Entry!
Episode 2: “DNA Doesn’t Lie”
September 13, 2019
Dr. Theodore Schurr and Doctoral Candidate Raquel Fleskes discuss their partnership with the Gullah Society and on-going research on the Anson Street Burial remains. Find out the latest information on the DNA analysis being done and how Anthropology and African American Studies synergize to make such a project even possible!
Episode 2: “Drinking Lemonade and Spilling Tea: An Interview with the women behind The Lemonade Reader”
September 4, 2019
It’s Beyoncé’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than to gather the Beyhive for a black feminist dive into her most personal work? African American Studies alumni, Courtney Hicks (’19) interviews four contributors to The Lemonade Reader (Professors Regina Bradley, Kinitra Brooks, Birgitta Johnson, and Kameelah Martin) to discuss black women, the south, and Lemonade as African American Studies subject matter.
Please support the African American Studies study abroad program to Jamaica this summer! We are trying to make sure that all 11 accepted students will have the money that they need to go. They are all applying for financial aid and scholarships. In addition, we have partnered with the College of Charleston Foundation to organize a GoFundMe campaign for them. They are already using it to raise money from their family and friends, but they could certainly use some additional help sharing the link for their GoFundMe campaign. Please share this link with all of your networks, and ask them to support our students!
On July 1, 2015, the Department of German and Slavic Studies will have a new name: German and Russian Studies. “This name change highlights our emphasis on Russian literature, film, and culture and on Russian as a critical language. With our new hire, Dr. Irina Erman, joining us as a tenure track assistant professor of Russian this fall, we are poised to build on the stellar work of our retiring colleague Professor Raisa Gomer and continue to offer our students an excellent Russian Studies program,” observes Dr. Morgan Koerner, Department Chair-Elect.
“The Not-Word: German-Jewish Poetry after the Holocaust”
March 12th, 6pm, Addlestone 227
What does it mean to write in German as a Jewish author after the Holocaust? Can poetry recover, reclaim, and renew language after unspeakable trauma? How do we translate poetry written on the edge of silence? Johannes Wich-Schwarz (Maryville University) will explore these questions in a presentation on German-Jewish poetry written after 1945. The presentation offers an introduction to poets who reconfigured the aesthetic landscape of post-war Germany and demonstrated the importance of poetry after Auschwitz, including internationally renowned authors Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs as well as the influential German language poets Rose Ausländer, Hilde Domin, and Erich Fried. Professor Wich-Schwarz is the author of Transformation of Language and Religion in Rainer Maria Rilke and is currently completing a volume of English translations of German-Jewish poetry.
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