Kent Lecture to anchor Black History eventsJoyce Ann Joyce, professor of English and associate director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, will present the annual George Kent Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the International House assembly hall. The event is sponsored by the University's Organization of Black Students in conjunction with International House and is free and open to the public.
In 1993, Joyce received the George Kent Award for Literary Criticism. She has also received the American Book Award for Literary Criticism, and she was featured in the 1994 Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Her works include Warriors, Conjurers and Priests: Defining African-centered Literary Criticism (1994) and Native Son: Richard Wright's Art of Tragedy (1986).
The annual lecture is named in honor of George Kent, an African American who was Professor in English Language & Literature at Chicago from 1970 until his death in 1982. An expert on American and African-American literature, he was the author of Blackness and the Adventure of Western Culture (1972).
The series is designed to honor African Americans who have made significant contributions to the community. Past speakers have included Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ivan Van Sertima and Sonya Sanchez.
The following are some of the upcoming events on campus for Black History Month.
Thursday, Feb. 15
BLSA Celebration of African-American Legal History and Culture. Panel discussion on anti-gang ordinances. 5 p.m. in the Law School.
Friday, Feb. 16
BLSA Celebration of African-American Legal History and Culture. Wine mess cultural fest. 4-7 p.m. in the Law School.
Saturday, Feb. 17
African-American issues symposium. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the School of Social Service Administration.
Omega Psi Phi reception honoring distinguished African-American alumni (reservations required, 702-0161). 7 p.m. in Ida Noyes Hall.
Sunday, Feb. 18
OBS "Soul Gone Home" dinner and talent show. 1 to 5 p.m. in Ida Noyes Hall.
Monday, Feb. 19
BLSA Celebration of African-American Legal History and Culture. Panel discussion on community development. 12:15 p.m. in the Law School.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
BLSA Celebration of African-American Legal History and Culture. Lecture on late intervention against gangs. 12:15 p.m. in the Law School.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Sistafriends "Respect the Black Woman" Party. 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Ida Noyes Hall.
In addition, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and 57th Street Books are continuing their special series of author presentations for Black History Month with talks today, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb.16, and Tuesday, Feb. 20.
See the Calendar, pages 6-8, for more information on these and other events.