Lafayette will celebrate Black Heritage Month in February with theater, dance, discussion forums, and lectures.
A special theater series will examine the changing racial makeup of American cities across many generations. The program will include two opportunities to see Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway starring Denzel Washington and Diahann Carroll. Lafayette College Theater will present Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning response to Hansberry’s play, spanning half a century in urban American with a focus on race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. Michael O’Neill, associate professor of English and director of theater, is directing the production running March 5-8. The series is part of Lafayette’s START initiative, which is funded by an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The month’s keynote speaker will be author and civil rights activist Tim Wise 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Moravian College. Wise is the author of six books, including his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. In addition to his talk, there will be a workshop for faculty and staff.
Another highlight will be the presentation of Stardust by David Roussève and his dance company REALITY 8 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Williams Center. The experimental production follows an unseen black gay teenager trying to negotiate a path through adolescence. Roussève, professor of choreography at UCLA, will host a talkback workshop for students noon Feb. 12 in the Marlo Room.
The month’s events are coordinated by the Office of Intercultural Development and are sponsored by the Africana studies, College Theater, and women’s and gender studies programs, Association of Black Collegians, the departments of anthropology & sociology and government & law, Friends of Skillman Library, the Office of Religious Life, the Pre-Law Advising program, and the Williams Center. For more information, contact Intercultural Development at (610) 330-5320.
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