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African American Read-In Monday Marathon
9:00 am - 4:45 pm | Misciagna Center Titleman Study
African American Read-In Events scheduled for Feb. 15-16
The twenty-sixth annual African American Read-In Chain will be celebrated at Penn State Altoona February 15 – 16, 2015. This year’s theme is America 2015: We the People.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to take part Monday, February 16 in celebrating African American authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, song, dramatic literature, and other genres by listening to and/or reading excerpts from this wide ranging canon. The Read-In will take place in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts from 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Individual and group participants are welcome to offer readings, dance, song, musical accompaniment, etc. Each participant will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Those interested should contact Robin Reese at email@example.com to schedule a time. Participants may bring their own texts or choose from those available at the event. Suggested reading lists may be found at www.ncte.org/action/aari/packetinfo or www.altoona.psu.edu/aareadin online.
The Penn State Altoona community and Altoona area communities are also invited to attend a kick-off gathering Sunday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Port-Sky Café featuring music, literature, and a special program component for children ages 5-13. A meal will also be served. The event is free. Advanced reservations are required. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-949-5280 by February 2.
A Philosophical Gaze into Darkness: Black Men and the White Imaginary
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm | Misciagna Center Titleman Lounge
Alphonso Walter Grant to offer keynote presentation as part of African American Read-In
As part of Penn State Altoona's African American Read-In Monday Marathon, Alphonso Walter Grant will offer a keynote presentation "A Philosophical Gaze into Darknes: Black Men and the White Imaginary" on Monday, February 16, 2015 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Grant's presentation will explore visual representations of black men and modes of interpretation of these images. Grant is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar, Ph.D. candidate, and instructor in art education and African American and diaspora studies at Penn State. He is a council member for the Black Male Empowerment group at Penn State as well as the Curriculum & Pedagogy group. He has authored several articles on how the arts function as a white supremacist master narrative through rhetoric, visual representations of race, power, privilege and the role curriculum plays in the development and sustainability of racial inequity, when not examined critically. Grant holds a M.S. in art education from Penn State and a B.A. in political science from Henderson State University’s Honors College.
For more information about the 2015 African American Read-In, visit http://www.altoona.psu.edu/now/news.php?value=4931 online.
Sonia Sanchez: Poetry Reading
5:00 pm | Misciagna Center 101-103 Misciagna
Penn State Altoona to host poet Sonia Sanchez
ALTOONA – Renowned poet, activist, and scholar Sonia Sanchez will offer a reading of her works Monday, February 16, 5 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Sanchez is the author of over sixteen books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, and most recently, Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010).
She is a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies and has edited important anthologies of African American writing. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. Sanchez has lectured nationally and internationally on black culture and literature, women’s equality, peace, and racial justice.
Sanchez was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she also held the Laura Carnell Chair in English. She is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom’s Sisters,” an interactive traveling exhibition that ran from 2008-2012, created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution.
A book signing will immediately follow the reading, where some of Sanchez’s books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.
The reading is sponsored by the African American Read-In at Penn State Altoona, The English Program’s Writers & Speakers Series, and the Letters, Arts & Sciences Program, and with additional support from the Women’s Studies Program.
Women's Basketball vs. Frostburg State University
7:00 pm | Adler Athletic Complex
LionLead: Effective Leadership
8:00 - 9:00 pm | Slep Student Center Fireside Lounge
LionLead is a leadership development program run by the Office of Student Life. The goal of the program is to develop students’ individual leadership capabilities in consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment and increase practical leadership skills.