February 01, 2011

Events added to Black History Month schedule

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two events have been added to the Black History Month schedule at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Feb. 10

• African American Art and Real Life Experience, 4-6 p.m., University Museum, Faner Hall

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, associate professor of drawing and painting in SIUC’s School of Art and Design, presents a gallery talk in which he focuses on African American art from a critical and historical standpoint. Musawwir is an internationally known artist, and a frequent guest at other universities and museums as art lecturer or consultant. The gallery talk may also feature a panel of other artists and art experts.

Feb. 14

• Determining One’s Own Freedom: A Henry “Box” Brown Afternoon for Children, 4 p.m., Morris Library, third floor

Jacinda T. Gides, assistant professor in the creative writing program in SIUC’s Department of English, presents the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a former slave famous for mailing himself to freedom in a wooden crate. Brown wrote his own narrative. A children’s version of the story, written by Ellen Levine, is a Caldecott Honor Book. Gides designed this program to inspire children and adults alike.