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Virtual Event: Art at the Crossroads of Memory & Historic Amnesia

Monday, April 20, 5:00 PM

Excavating Memory is an exhibition of new artworks by HATCH Residents Katie Chung and Unyimeabasi Udoh. This exhibit was curated by Juelle Daley. This virtual talk, "Art at the Crossroads of Memory & Historical Amnesia" with Dr. Delinda Collier, Associate Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and artist, Unyimeabasi Udoh was organized by the Chicago Artists Coalition and co-sponsored by the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University.

Excavating Memory is also a journey into the world of archiving, memorializing and reclaiming cultural erasure. Using photography, drawing, sculptural objects and mix-media installations, Katie Chung and Unyimeabasi Udoh resurrect memories that communicate the subtleties and multiple layers of self with the freeing statement, “I define me”.

Unyimeabasi Udoh's work brings up the past by inscribing it in the context of cultural anthropology and ethnographic practices. They cleverly destabilize the western gaze and challenge dominant-culture museums that catalog and display the “African” in a “cabinet of curiosities,” reinforcing the fraught notion of “the other” as a primitive culture and society.

Rhodel and the Garifuna Band: Performance and Lecture

Monday, February 17, 2020, 6:00pm

This performance/lecture celebrates the history, language, and culture of the Garifuna. The Garifuna are descendants of Carib/Arawak Indians and West Africans, all free peoples that once resided on the island of St. Vincent. In the late 1700s the Garinagu were exiled from their land by British forces, and thus made their way to the shores of Central America.

An Evening with Haitian-American writer, Edwidge Danticat

Monday, January 13, 2020, 6:00 PM

EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of numerous books, including Claire of the Sea Light, a New York Times notable book; Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives in Miami.

Healing in Pre and Post Genocide Burundi and Rwanda

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 5:30 PM

This talk contrastively examines the antagonistic relationship between Ubuntu and individual moral agency on onehand, and ethnic group (Hutu or Tutsi)loyalty, on the other, post 1972 Burundi and 1994 Rwandan Genocides.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30 PM

Dr. Yaba Blay is a dark-skinned, kinky-haired, first-generation Ghanaian born and raised in New Orleans who identifies as Black with a capital B. The layers and nuances of her identity deeply inform what has come to be her life's work, from her dissertation on skin bleaching, to her book on Black racial identity, to her social media activism and beyond. In this multimedia conversation, Dr. Blay introspects about her personal and professional journey, and reflects on her current work - Professional Black Girl - to engage her use of BLACK JOY as a methodology of resistance.