BRADENTON -- New College of Florida will celebrate Black History Month with "Black Constructions: Alternative Modes of Blackness Through Time," a month-long series of lectures, concerts and film, a conversation about race and ethnicity, the African-American Read-in and an academic symposium.
This year's program addresses the diversity of black identities and experiences across time, region, gender, sexuality and class, according to organizers. The program ends with a symposium on Feb. 27, "New Schools of Black Thought: A Black History Month Symposium" with renowned author and activist bell hooks.
Events this week include:
Feb. 4 - Omotayo Jolaosho, "Singing for Freedom in South Africa" 7 p.m. at the Sainer Pavilion and Feb. 5 Song and Poetry workshop, at noon in the music room, College Hall.
Omotayo Jolaosho is a cultural anthropologist with a background in music and integrated arts. Since 2007, she has worked with activists investigating social change in South Africa. Her research has been supported by awards from Fulbright-Hays, National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Social Science Research Council.