Literature Program
 

Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m.

FREE

James Baldwin's America - Reading & Discussion Program

March 19 to April 30, 2019 - Six Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30pm

NOTE: THE FINAL APRIL 30 DISCUSSION AT HALLWALLS IS ONLY OPEN TO THE GROUP OF PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS THAT HAS BEEN MEETING TOGETHER SINCE MARCH 19.

"As is the inevitable result of things unsaid, we find ourselves until today oppressed with a dangerous and reverberating silence," James Baldwin wrote in the essay "Many Thousands Gone." The essay was part of Baldwin's first, most powerful collection Notes of A Native Son, first published 60 years ago.

Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and C.S.1 Curatorial Projects is hosting a Reading & Discussion Program on James Baldwin's America for six sessions from March 19 to April 30, 2019, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Canisius philosophy professor and community activist Heron Simmons-Price will be facilitating this discussion. Read his biography here.

Funded by Humanities New York this program encourages friends, colleagues, and strangers to "make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection."

This Reading & Discussion Program grew out planning around Nick Cave PLENTY: A Citywide Celebration of Buffalo, the vision of the Chicago based artist best known for his Soundsuits "to introduce Buffalo to Buffalo" via collaborative art making. The goal is to have people "sit or dance side by side" and through getting to know one another build relationships across Buffalo's vibrant, yet siloed immigrant communities, both old and new ... continue reading >>

 
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Friday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Dimitri Anastasopoulos

Scholars @ Hallwalls

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, a space for experimental art, music, and film located in the heart of downtown Buffalo at Delaware and Tupper, is the perfect setting for the eighth year of the Humanities Institute's Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series. These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served. Please join us for any or all of the Scholars@Hallwalls talks!

"Oia: Perils of American Tourist Children in Greece"

Dimitri Anastasopoulos, English

Oia: Perils of American Tourist Children in Greece (a docufiction) incorporates political analysis of the Greek economic and political crises (2008-2018) together with nonfiction travel writing, cultural critique, and a recasting of Plato's Cave. Fictional narrative in Oia also sits in with a range of cultural narratives, political arguments, and social discourses, which have come to dominate the story of Greece in the last decade. While exploring the use of public and private rhetorical formulations on the crises, the novel recasts media and political narratives into the space of fiction in order to contextualize political responses to the crises essentially as dramatic performances cloaking political ends.