Social justice activist Angela Davis, as a week-long scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, will deliver a public lecture (March 4) and participate in discussions with actor Danny Glover (March 3) and director Shola Lynch (March 6).
All events, sponsored by NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs, are free and open to the public. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. For more information, call 212.998.2130 or click here.
Film Screening of “Bamako” and Discussion (Angela Davis and Danny Glover)
“Bamako,” Monday, March 3, 7 p.m., NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South [at LaGuardia Place], 4th Floor
Written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako and co-executive produced by Danny Glover, “Bamako,” a critically acclaimed political drama, offers a unique look into contemporary Africa. Melé is a bar singer, her husband Chaka is out of work, and the couple is on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house they share with other families, a trial court has been set up. African civil society spokesmen have taken proceedings against the World Bank and the IMF, whom they blame for Africa’s woes. Amidst the pleas and the testimonies, life goes on in the dwelling.
Angela Davis Lecture
“Feminism, Abolition, and Radical Reconstruction in the 21st Century,” Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m., NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South [at LaGuardia Place], 4th Floor
Film Screening of “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” and Discussion (Angela Davis and Shola Lynch)
“Free Angela & All Political Prisoners,” Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m., NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Grand Hall, 238 Thompson Street [between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South], 5th Floor
Writer/director Shola Lynch follows up her 2004 documentary, “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed,” about Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for president in 1972, with her second feature documentary, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners”. The film is a first-hand account of the events that thrust Davis into the national spotlight. “Free Angela” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator has emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. The author of nine books, Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and the University of California, Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Mostly recently, she spent 15 years at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and of Feminist Studies.
The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) at New York University was founded in 1969 to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond. IAAA is committed to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies. For more, click here.