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Theatre, Film and Music in the Harlem Renaissance

September 5, 12, 19 and 26

Dennis Barnett
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

The opening series of the 2013-14 Thursday Forum schedule will examine the cultural output that emanated from the migration of Black Americans to the Harlem neighborhood of New York City after World War I. The series will provide an overview of the social commentary and movements associated with Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Alain Locke, Marcus Garvey, and A. Philip Randolph, as well as a close look at the artists who responded to them. Professors Dennis Barnett and Steve Shanley will especially focus on the contributions of Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington, and, of course, Cedar Rapids’ own Carl van Vechten. All presentations will feature examples from the films and the recordings of the era.

Steve Shanley
Assistant Professor of Music