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Black Love: A Symposium

Join us Monday, September 11th through Monday, September 18th for “Black Love: A Symposium” celebrating the 80th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was published September 18, 1937. This occasion inspires our symposium’s commemoration of Hurston’s book as well as its recognition of black love broadly. Although black love has been demeaned and denied historically, the symposium affirms its centrality and considers all of its expressions within black lives.

The interdisciplinary symposium explores romantic, familial, and communal love in African American art, literature, history, religious thought, politics, and culture. We welcome you to our keynote addresses, panel presentations, receptions, film screenings, and discussions. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information on the locations and times of all of our events please visit http://bls.ku.edu.

“Black Love: A Symposium” is a university-wide event supported by the following KU sponsors: The Office of the Chancellor, The Hall Center for the Humanities, Office of Diversity and Equity, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University Honors Program, University Libraries, The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art, EGARC, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and The Project on the History of Black Writing. The symposium is also sponsored by the following CLAS departments: English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, History, History of Art, American Studies, African and African American Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies, and Classics.

 Finally, funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. The symposium’s organizers are grateful too for its many community sponsors: Lawrence Public Library, The Watkins Museum of History, Marla Quilts Inc. African American Museum and Textile Academy, Explore Lawrence, The Raven Bookstore, Essential Goods, and The Dusty Bookshelf.

Please contact the symposium’s coordinators Dr. Ayesha K. Hardison and Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks at blacklove2017@ku.edu with inquiries about the colloquium or related events. You may also contact The Commons, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Public Library and our other venues directly for accessibility information.​

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