Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This Week: Academic Enrichment Events

We want to take this opportunity to remind you of two important Academic Enrichment events taking place this week. We know it is difficult with classes and work to make time to attend on-campus events, but we strongly recommend that you do. These events are invaluable learning and sharing opportunities that connect you with your program community and enable you to stay abreast of new scholarship. Even if you are not a MEMSI scholar or involved with African American Studies, we encourage you to attend these events. You never know how valuable someone's ideas can be to your own or how valuable time spent with your peers can be to your sanity! Please consider attending the following events. Also, if you get the chance to participate, we encourage you to share your experience with us - via email or in the comments or forum on this blog. Your feedback and observations are important to us.

Friday, October 7th 9am - Jessica Frazier, doctoral candidate at GW, will discuss her paper called "Re-Orienting the Diamond: India, the Transnational Jewel Trade, and the Early Modern Theater.” A light breakfast will be served. We meet at 9AM in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW). Her paper will be pre-circulated ahead of time to encourage fruitful discussion. If you would like a copy and to r.s.v.p, please email lduckert@gwu.edu. Also, check out this post about Jessica Frazier's participation in the NEH seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library this summer: "Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global." 

Tuesday, October 4th 2pm - E. Patrick Johnson, the Northwestern University Professor and performer, will visit GW during the run of his critically acclaimed one-man show "Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South" at Arlington's Signature Theater. He will discuss the questions raised by his show in a presentation at the Multicultural Student Services Center, 2127 G Street. Look forward to a conversation that draws a diverse crowd (a great networking opportunity!). Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, the MSSC, and other GW units.

Johnson's books include the award-winning Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (Duke UP). You can see him discuss "Sweet Tea" here. Also, Johnson last visited GWU as a guest of Prof. Wald's "Post-Soul Black Literature and Culture" course in 2007, when he was workshopping an early version of "Sweat Tea." He also consulted with faculty participants in CCAS's Performance Studies Seminar

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