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Lecturers celebrate, discuss Black History Month

Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis
Tuesday, February 14, at 4:30 pm
Connan Room, University Center

Ron Buford
Thursday, February 16, at 4:30 pm
Rangos 3, University Center

Dr. William P. Jones
Friday, February 17, at 4:30 pm
Baker Hall A53

Kimberly C. Ellis will give a lecture titled “August Wilson, Bard of the Hill” tomorrow at 4:30 pm in Connan Room.

Specializing in such areas as African-American studies, the early civil rights movement, black theater, and the black west, Ellis is becoming an August Wilson scholar. Having grown up in the famous Hill
District in which most of Wilson’s plays are set, Ellis taught the first seminar course on Wilson at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ellis spoke as a panelist at the August Wilson Symposium at Howard University, the August Wilson Festival at Penn State University, and was the featured speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference.

Working for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, Ellis consults for the “August In...” series, including giving pre-performance workshops on the dramatic legacy of August Wilson.

The drama department and the Division of Student Affairs are sponsoring the lecture.

Ron Buford will speak Thursday at 4:30 pm in Rangos 3, giving a speech titled “Yes We Can: Black, Out, Proud & Loud. Ron Buford’s 21st Century Civil Rights Vision.”

Buford is the director of the United Church of Christ’s Still Speaking Campaign, a movement designed to create an open and inclusive religious denomination. He has been honored as one of the OUT 100 — OUT magazine’s recognition of the nation’s most influential GLBTQ persons.

The Tepper Black Business Association and the Division of Student Affairs are sponsoring the lecture.

Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, William Jones will give a lecture titled “The Tribe of the Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South” on Friday.

Jones’ lecture will discuss the working-class communities that African-Americans built in the south during the period of Jim Crow laws.

On leave from his position as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jones is the author of The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Lumber Workers in the Jim Crow South.
The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) is sponsoring the lecture.