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Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World - Part 1, Gregory Maqoma (Video Premiere)

Witness what happens when Yale Dance Lab in partnership with Yale Schwarzman Center invites 16 choreographers to create digital dance poems, performed by dancers from across the Yale community. Knitting together local, national, and international communities of dance, “Transpositions: Dance Poems for an Online World” explores the continuous and interrupted transmission of embodied dance practices in digital life. Edited by by Kyla Arsadjaja MFA’20, the concept and direction of this episode is by Gregory Maqoma.

Art & Protest in Nigeria with Anthony Obayomi

Anthony Obayomi is a storyteller from Lagos, Nigeria who uses photography, filmmaking, and other storytelling techniques that combine art and technology in both traditional and experimental media. Obayomi’s documentary work is aimed at offering alternative perspectives to diverse audiences. He portrays people, society, and culture with the aim of fostering tolerance, mitigating stereotypes, questioning traditional opinions, and addressing issues of social justice. Obayomi earned a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the University of Lagos.

PRFDHR Seminar: Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from North Lebanon, Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

Professor Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh traces the different ways that residents of Baddawi refugee camp in North Lebanon have been affected by COVID-19 since March 2020, and how they have been responding to protect themselves and other conflict-affected people in the midst of the pandemic. The latter include processes that resonate with a long history of refugee-led mutual aid initiatives.

Virtual: Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Dance Workshop

In honor of Black History Month, please join the Yale African American Affinity Group, Future Leaders of Yale, and Yale Latino Networking Group for a family friendly virtual Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba dance workshop that will be led by Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental (MCAC), Inc.

Bomba is the oldest Puerto Rican dance and music style that is rooted in resistance and dates back to the days of slavery.

VIRTUAL: The Sojourner Project / South Africa • Frequencies of Blackness: A Listening Session

At a moment of transnational racial reckoning, this listening session explores black frequency as a site of possibility. It engages black frequency in multiple forms: as a sonic space that ranges from silence to deafening, dissonant noise; as a register of ecstatic rapture and spirituality; as a temporal feedback loop of memory, repetition, and renewal; as a dynamic relation of call and response, or chorus and verse; as a haptic and kinetic space of contact and connection across the African continent and its various diasporas.

African Women as Pillars of Resilience: Mitigating the Economic Impacts of the Pandemic on African Women

The year 2020, marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was intended to be ground-breaking for gender equality. Instead, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back. The pandemic deepens pre-existing inequalities and exposes vulnerabilities in social, political, and economic systems. In Africa, compounded economic impacts are felt especially by women and girls who generally earn less, save less, and hold less secure jobs.

Virtual: Mejorando La Raza? (Bettering the Race?): Anti-Blackness, Latinx, & the Journey to Decolonize our Mindset

Curated in partnership with Colectivo Bámbula, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Junta for Progressive Action, Yale Latino Networking Group, and the Yale African American Affinity Group, this panel will bring together Latinx professionals across the diaspora working to challenge anti-Blackness in Latinx culture, highlighting the dynamic work of organizers, educators, artists, and freedom fighters.

Panelists will include:

“155 Years Overdue: Black Reparations in the United States”

Dr. William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr. will deliver the third lecture of the BSTP-Sponsored Reparations Speaker Series (BSTP-RSS): “155 Years Overdue: Black Reparations in the United States.” Dr. Darity is the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. His latest book, coauthored with A. Kirsten Mullen, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century, presents a comprehensive case and roadmap for restorative justice for black Americans who inherited the trauma and economic subjugation of slavery and Jim Crow segregation.

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