Stories about "African diaspora"
Look What We Found: Ann Marie Russell’s art evokes spreadsheets and connections

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 9:04 pm

Every day as she walks to her desk, Ann Marie Russell passes a piece of Haitian-made art.

Faculty promotions, 2011: Baltasar Fra-Molinero

Friday, May 20, 2011 10:10 am

Promoted to full professor in May 2011, Baltasar Fra-Molinero is a professor of Spanish whose research interests include the Spanish Golden Age and Spanish-American colonial literature. He focuses on the representation of blacks and their diaspora and is the author of the book La imagen de los negros en el teatro del Siglo de Oro ("The image of the black in the theater of the Golden Age"; Siglo XXI, 1995).

Culminating the college's Jan. 17 observances of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students used music, dance, poetry and prose to survey the vast landscape of the African Diaspora, and their own diverse backgrounds, in an evening performance in Schaeffer Theatre.Titled Sankofa, a term from Ghana's Akan language referring to the idea of going back for what you have forgotten, the show emphasized the importance of remembering the past in order to appreciate the present and improve the future.Ashley Booker '12Ashley Booker '12 of New York City performs during the Poetry Slam.Reflecting the concept "Get Up, Stand Up: The Fierce Urgency of Now" -- the theme for this year's MLK Day programming at Bates -- the performers captivated audience members with their talent, pride and intensity. Fellow students, faculty and townspeople including members of the local Somali community filled the theater. The production, the first of its kind, drew hoots and hollers, laughter and tears from the audience.The production featured emotional readings, striking dance and uplifting music, displaying the talents of students from myriad backgrounds and disciplines. Directed by Linda Kugblenu '13 of New York City and produced by Cynthia Alexandre-Brutus of Brooklyn, N.Y., the production was as much a lesson in history and culture as entertainment.In one piece, actresses Omosede Eholor of New York City and Brittney Davis of Chicago, both first-years, performed Alexandre-Brutus' adaption of Sojourner Truth's speech "Ain’t I A Woman?" Rendered as a dialogue, the scene juxtaposed the inequalities facing black women in the 18th and 19th centuries with the modern context, a contrast heightened by stage lighting and costumes.In "Four Blast From the Past," four performers portrayed liberation movement leaders from across Africa. Raina Jacques '13 portrayed Yaa AsanteWaa, queen mother of the Asante confederacy. She vehemently delivered the speech that stirred the men of the community to fight
‘Sankofa’: Reflections of the African diaspora on the Schaeffer stage

Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:45 pm

Culminating the college's observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2011, students used music, dance, poetry and prose to survey the vast landscape of the African diaspora.

Cultural activists from South America to speak at Bates

Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:40 pm

Marfa Inofuentes and Rosana Silva Chagas, cultural activists from Bolivia and Brazil, speak at Bates College on March 23. The event is co-sponsored by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the Arturo Schomburg Afro-Latino Speaker Series, a program of the Bates Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Multicultural Center presents political films from African Diaspora

Monday, October 23, 2006 3:45 pm

The Bates College Office of Multicultural Affairs presents a two-day film series titled "Political Films from the African Diaspora" on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 26, in Rooms 104 and 105 of the Olin Arts Center.

Multicultural Center presents exhibition for Black History Month

Tuesday, February 1, 2005 1:38 pm

A showing of work by Portland artist Daniel Minter will be on display at Bates College through Feb. 28 in an exhibition presented for Black History Month.

Scholar of the African diaspora to speak

Wednesday, January 26, 2000 4:00 pm

Robert Hill, the noted African diaspora scholar whose multidisciplinary work intersects with political science, history, sociology and psychology, will discuss "Afrogenesis, or The Genealogy of 'Africa for Africans'" at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and "Afrognosis, or Caliban's Books of Healing in the African World" at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Chase Hall Lounge.