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Arts and Culture February 2020

February 2020

MON., FEB. 3
7-9 p.m.
Student Union 307
Discussion: “My Roots”
Hair is one of the first dilemmas that black people face. Over the years, African American hair has been associated with the ideology of white visual conception. This discussion includes hair-care information, the history behind cultural/popular hairstyles and practices, and black-owned hair-care businesses.

TUES., FEB. 4
5:30-7 p.m.
Unity Center
Lecture: “Art, Hair and Abolition: The Bannister Family and Black Activism in Rhode Island”
The Bannisters were history makers in the mid-1800s, a power couple who embodied a generosity of spirit. Edward Bannister is famous for his landscape paintings and was a pioneer in the black arts community in Rhode Island. This program turns its gaze to Christiana Bannister, whose hair salon served as an important information center on the Underground Railroad and who worked for the abolition of slavery. 

WED., FEB. 5
6-8 p.m.
Alger 110
Discussion: “Let’s Get Real: How Ya Feel?”
This discussion focuses on the stigma black youth may feel about acknowledging that they are having psychological problems, which affects their coping behavior.

THURS., FEB. 6 
1-2:30 p.m.
Gaige Hall 200
Discussion: “Mixed and Remixed: The Politics of Passing and Feeling Like an Imposter in Your Own Community”
A panel of scholars discuss living at the intersection of different identities and cultures. What makes us feel like imposters in our own skin is not always straightforward, but when it comes to race and ethnicity, this feeling can be powerful and defining. 

MON., FEB. 10  
7-9 p.m.
Craig-Lee Hall 105
Discussion: “I Am Queen, I Am King
What holds us back from being who we are? What sets us back from living the life we want to live? This discussion focuses on how we can dig deep within and feel safe and find brotherhood/sisterhood.

WED., FEB. 12   
6-8 p.m.
Gaige Hall 200
Discussion: “Black Love”
African American couples discuss what keeps their relationship strong.

WED., Feb. 12   
6-8 p.m.
Unity Center
Lecture: “Looking at a Broad”

THURS., FEB. 13
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Gaige Hall 200 
Discussion: “Black Identity in the Dominican Community”
A panel of students discuss Dominican blackness and the development of racial identity.

FRI., FEB. 14–SUN., FEB. 16
Sapinsley Hall
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Annual Spring Dance Concert”   
This concert features works by choreographers Adrienne Hawkings of Impulse Dance, Kat Pantos of the Pantos Project, RIC Associate Professor Jessica Pearson, Billy Seigenfeld of Jump Rhythm and Daniel Singh of Dakshina.

MON., FEB. 17  
7-9 p.m.
Gaige Hall 200
Film: “The Central Park Five” 
Filmmakers Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon examine a 1989 case of five teenagers (black and Latino youth) from Harlem who were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. After the boys spent from six to 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

TUES., FEB. 18  
3-4:30 p.m.
Unity Center 
Lecture: “The Art of Race”

THURS., FEB. 20–FRI., MARCH 20
Bannister Gallery
Art: “LIKE-NESS: Andy Warhol Prints and Photos”
Drawn from RIC’s permanent collection, “LIKE-NESS” celebrates the unique personalities found in Warhol’s Polaroid portraits, the candid snapshots of his street photographs and the layered colors and meanings in his silkscreen prints. 

FRI., FEB. 21
6 p.m.  
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Lecture: “This is Us: Yusef Speaks”
On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in one of New York City’s most iconic spaces, Central Park. Five teens from Harlem – four black and one Latino – were tried and wrongfully convicted of the crime in one of the most frenzied cases in the city’s history. One of the youth, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever.

SAT., FEB. 22   
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra 
This program features works by Romantic composers Felix Mendelssohn and Pablo de Sarasate.

WED., FEB. 26   
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Unity Center
Lecture: “Financial Literacy and Communities of Color”

WED., FEB. 26   
7-9 p.m.
Alger 110
Game: “Family Feud Black History Edition in Collaboration with Providence College”
Students are invited to play rounds of Family Feud, with a twist of African American History, including questions about major activists, musicians, poets, actors, athletes and other prominent black figures!

WED., FEB. 26–SUN., MARCH 1
Helen Forman Theatre 
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Awake and Sing!” 
The battle lines for a lower-middle-class Jewish family in the Depression-era Bronx are drawn between string-pulling parents, who think they know best, and their offspring, who have their own dreams of the future. 

FRI., FEB. 28      
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall 
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“Celebrating the Music of Gregory Fritze”

This program features works by Fritze, winner of the 2020 American Prize.

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