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Mon, January 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
Theater Talks: Playwrights Aleshea Harris & Jackie Sibblies Drury
Playwrights Alesha Harris and Jackie Sibblies Drury will debut their 2018 productions of Is God Is and Fairview with SoHo Rep. Join Harris and Drury in conversation with 2014 Obie award-winning playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. @SchomburgCenter #TheaterTalks FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Wed, January 24
@ 1 p.m.
Open Archive
Arturo A. Schomburg
Join Schomburg Center librarians and archivists featuring items from our coveted collection of archival materials. Be the first to get up close and personal with selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. Arturo Alphonso Schomburg was a historian, bibliophile, writer, and activist. Schomburg, a Puerto Rican of African descent dedicated his life to studying African history and collecting black-related materials from the America's, the Caribbean and Africa. His o…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, January 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
Annual Arturo A. Schomburg Celebration
Dr. Vanessa K. Valdes will discuss her latest book Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg with Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center. His original collection forms the core of the collection found today at the Schomburg Center. Reception and book signing to follow. @SchomburgCenter #ArturoScomburg FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house.…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Live from the Archive
"Baldwin, Miles and Me" Quincy Troupe in Conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin
Live From the Archive is a series of conversations with scholars, artists, and community activists whose work is at the intersection of the archive. Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning poet, editor, biographer, journalist, performance artist, and professor emeritus. He will discuss his vast archive reflective of his close friendships with luminary figures and in his work--Miles and Me and James Baldwin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. Troupe will be in conversation with Farah Jasmin…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Thu, February 1
@ 6:30 p.m.
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies
Black Resistance to Trump Tyranny
Featuring presentations by Haki R. Madhubuti (publisher, educator and founder of Third World Press), Michael Simanga(activist cultural worker, artist and scholar in African American art and culture), and Noliwe Rooks (interdisciplinary scholar, author of the book Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education.) @SchomburgCenter #BlackFreedomStudies #CBFS Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull via Wikimedia FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all, but due t…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Fri, February 2
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
"Afro-Latino Edition” Edition of First Fridays
In honor of Arturo Schomburg's Afro-Latino heritage and dedication to collecting materials that celebrate the African Diaspora experience, the Schomburg Center and Afro-Latin Project are excited to present the "Afro-Latin" Edition of First Fridays. Enjoy our signature drinks, and groove the night away with a mix of heart-thumping beats and live performance at our popular monthly social gathering! The evening's DJ IRS will be spinning the sizzling Latin sounds that will infuse the evening with…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, February 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Valerie June
Valerie June’s soulful voice and gritty guitar playing are at the heart of her earthy and deeply personal brand of blues. Soul, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian folk, and a dash of R&B are all present in her stunning sound. Nominated for a 2014 Blues Music Award, June continues to win accolades with her new record, The Order of Time. Her strain of Americana, which she describes as “organic moonshine roots,” is rich, raw, and rewarding. Lead Support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Tue, February 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
Films @ the Schomburg
An Opera of the World
Filmmaker and renowned Malian scholar Manthia Diawara simultaneously reflects upon the migration of the opera form and the refugee crisis, as specifically experienced in Europe. Featuring a performance of the opera Bintou Were, a Sahel Opera, written by Chadian poet Koulsy Lamko, which tells the story of a young mother desperately attempting to make her way to a better future for herself and her unborn. A talk back will follow with Amy Sall and Manthia Diawara discussing stories of migration and…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Thu, February 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
Schomburg Teach-In: Paul Butler and Andrea Ritchie
In the spirit of teach-ins developed to advance social movements and societal transformation, we invite you to participate in the conversation about intersectionality and police violence with Andrea Ritchie (Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color) and Paul Butler (Chokehold). Moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, the discussion will bring together policy research and civic engagement. @…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Tue, February 13
@ 1 p.m.
Open Archive
Alain L. Locke and the Harlem Renaissance
Join Schomburg Center librarians and archivists featuring items from our coveted collection of archival materials. Be the first to get up close and personal with selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. Alain L. Locke was a philosopher, writer and educator. He championed all manner of black culture, from the literature to the visual arts. He was the first African American Rhodes Scholar and was a professor of philosophy at Howard University for over 30 years…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, February 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey Stewart
Alain Locke was a writer, philosopher, and architect of the philosophy behind the Harlem Renaissance, an awakening of artistic creativity and racial pride centered in Harlem. The new biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart, former Schomburg Fellow, tells the story of how Locke came to his view of Harlem as a crucible of race consciousness. A book signing will follow. @SchomburgCenter #NewNegro #SchomburgRead FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open t…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Thu, February 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Harlem Chamber Players Black History Month Concert
Harlem Chamber Players will host their 10th Annual Black History Month Celebration, co-presented by the Schomburg Center. This concert will feature Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Nonet for piano, winds and strings, and Major Scurlock will make his debut with The Harlem Chamber Players. Soprano Andréa Bradford and baritone Kenneth Overton will perform music by H. Leslie Adams and selected spirituals. @SchomburgCenter #NeighborhoodConcert FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all, b…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Thu, February 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Researching African American Historical Newspapers with NYPL's E-Resources
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has cultivated one of the premier collections of African American historical newspapers in the United States. A large number of these newspapers are now digitized and searchable from your home or library computer. This e-resources training will provide patrons with a detailed overview of these historical African American online newspaper collections. Patrons will leave with knowledge of where to find content and how to expertly navigate all of t…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, February 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
The 60s - The Summer of Law and Disorder: Harlem Riot of 1964
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents a panel discussion about the Harlem Riot of 1964 in the aftermath of the police shooting of ninth grader James Powell and the “law-and-order” policies championed by presidential contenders on the campaign trail of '64. The Harlem Riot solicited a variety of responses from community stakeholders and precipitated a summer of urban unrest around the country. This program is presented in partnership with the Carnegie Hall Festival The 60s:…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Thu, February 22
@ 6:30 p.m.
HERITAGE: Bethann Hardison in Conversation with Harriette Cole
Bethann Hardison’s groundbreaking career as a fashion model has been the impetus for the ongoing journey she’s set out on to ensure an industry that reflects the diversity of beauty found in the world. Hardison is a documentarian, entrepreneur, and advocate. She will join Harriette Cole an in depth one-on-one conversation about her life. This program is presented in collaboration with DREAMLEAPERS. @SchomburgCenter #SchomburgHeritage FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all,…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Mon, February 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Theater Talks: Theater-In-Black In Harlem
The history of theater in Harlem has been long and illustrious. This free-ranging conversation will touch upon the legacies of theater companies that include W.E.B. Du Bois and Regina Anderson’s KRIGWA; and Langston Hughes and Louise Thompson’s Suitcase Theater on the development of successive companies that include those developed by Amiri Baraka, Gertrude Jennette, Barbara Ann Teer, Voza Rivers, and Jamal Joseph. This program is presented by While We Are Still Here. @SchomburgCenter #Theater…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Tue, February 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents - Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War
Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History at Tufts, chronicles the westward migration of freedom’s first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Indian towns and settlements. Later some migrants launched a powerful back-to-…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 6
@ 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg
Multiple Black Realities: Akwaeke Emezi + ruby onyinyechi amanze on Freshwater
Join writer and video artist Akwaeke Emezi and visual artist ruby onyinyechi amanzefor a talk on multiple and blurred Black realities—aliens, ogbanje, and alternate selves. The panelists will discuss the visual art created by amanze as inflected interpretations of Emezi’s text, Freshwater. Book signing will follow. @SchomburgCenter #SchomburgTalks FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Thu, March 8
@ 6:30 p.m.
International Women’s Day MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora
In this inaugural and commemorative book MFON, images and essays offer a global view of the impact women photographers of African descent are having in photography. The conversation will feature co-founders and award winning photographersLaylah Amatulla Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu. Joining them are MFON photographer Fabiola Jean-Louis along with others featured in publication. MFON‘s deputy editor, Crystal Whaley will moderate. Book signing will follow. @SchomburgCenter #MFON FIRST CO…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults
Tue, March 13
@ 6:30 p.m.
What Will Be Different for Historians in a Changing America?
Some U.S. historians have become increasingly visible, vocal, and even radicalized in response to today’s political climate, the implications of U.S. Government policy shifts, and the decisions of their peers to speak out, or remain silent, on current affairs. What is the ethical and responsible role of historians in public discourse, particularly when “alternative facts” have become commonplace and history itself is called into question? Curated by Brian Tate as part of the series, What Will B…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes AuditoriumAdults