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Sign up for this event - African American Theatre dramaturgy  and accessing African American history and culture (2/25 @6pm ET)

  • 1.  Sign up for this event - African American Theatre dramaturgy  and accessing African American history and culture (2/25 @6pm ET)

    Posted 02-17-2021 18:39
    African American Theatre dramaturgy 
    and accessing African American history and culture
    When:  Thursday Feb 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM (ET)
    In conversation with A. J. Muhammad of NYPL & TFTT,  & Cecily of Umbra Search
    When:  Thursday February 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM (ET)
    Engage in a conversation with how a librarian and dramaturgist accesses NYPL collections to assist artists with dramaturgical research which includes developing new content across platforms.  Also how a curator preserves and makes accessible the African American history in the performance arts.
    A. J. Muhammad, Librarian in the NYPL Schomburg Center's Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division.  A. J. is also one of the organizers of the The Fire This Time Festival, which provides a platform for talented early-career playwrights of African and African American descent to explore challenging new directions for 21st century theater. 
    Cecily Marcus is Principal Investigator at Umbra Search, and Givens Collection of African American Literature Curator, University of Minnesota Libraries.  Umbra Search African American History makes African American history more broadly accessible through a freely available widget and search tool, umbrasearch.org.
    Organized and moderated by Clara Cabrera, SLA NY Events Coordinator.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing Link to Join the meeting.
    Register here.


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    Clara Cabrera
    she/her/hers
    DICE Co-Convener
    SLA NY Events Chair/Diversity Co-Chair

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  • 2.  RE: Sign up for this event - African American Theatre dramaturgy  and accessing African American history and culture (2/25 @6pm ET)

    Posted 03-01-2021 08:49
    A big thanks to all who joined us this past Thursday evening to hear from our generous speakers A. J. Muhammad of NYPL & TFTT, & Cecily Marcus of Umbra Search.  The event was not recorded.

    I was fortunate enough to moderate the conversation with AJ and Cecily.  They let us know about the work they do in support of the theatrical community, as well as the preservation and access of the historical resources by African Americans in the performing arts.  I was focused on our speaking and listening, but I do recall learning about two distinct events through this conversation that I made a note of.

    AJ spoke about how his work assisting someone enlightened him about the origins of Black Solidarity Day and the connections to playwriter Douglas Turner Ward (founder and artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company). Turner Ward's play, "A Day of Absence" was an inspiration to the first Black Solidarity Day that occurred the Monday before election day, and demonstrated the impact of African Americans in our society by the act of their conscious and unified absence of work for one day.
    Black Solidarity Day is recognized as a day of absence for Black people in the United States.

    Cecily described the Federal Writers Project transcripts of an oral history project that holds the history of Black voices in their time and own voices.  The now transcribed and preserved documents are accessible via Umbrasearch.org.
    Description from the website:
    The FWP (1936) was a component of the Works Progress Administration, and the project employed out-of-work writers, artists, local historians, genealogists, folklorists, and librarians as researchers and writers. A major effort of the FWP was the creation of state guidebooks.

    Thank you to all who registered, and attended this event.  Thank you to AJ and Cecily for being in conversation with us.
    If you were able to join us, please let us know any takeaways from this event that you recall.

    All the best, Clara

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    Clara Cabrera
    she/her/hers
    DICE Co-Convener
    SLA NY Events Chair/Diversity Co-Chair

    DICE public website: https://connect.sla.org/diversity/home
    DICE posted events (all orgs):
    https://connect.sla.org/diversity/events/calendar
    DICE Social Justice Resources:
    https://connect.sla.org/diversity/resources/resourcessocialjustice
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