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Our Study Abroad Program at the University of London

Wednesday, 12 November, 2014 • 5:00–6:30 pm
Rainey Auditorium,
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

In the same years that black women writers were emerging as major innovators in American literature, black women singers like Syreeta Wright, Minnie Riperton, and Deniece Williams were forging new pathways in American music, rethinking traditional ideas about race and women's vocality. Farah Jasmine Griffin, whose latest book is Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, will play some of the great recordings from the mid–1970s and discuss their cultural significance.

Cosponsored by Penn's Departments of English and Music.

See here for more information:

Please join us next month, November 13-14, for this exciting line up of talks and films sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar, the McNeil Center, Cinema Studies, and the Biocode Series!

All events at the McNeil Center, EXCEPT for Thursday evening’s 6-8pm film screening and director’s talk with Alex Rivera (see, who will show his US/Mexico border SciFi thriller, Sleep Dealer, as well other special surprises, in 401 Fisher Bennett Hall.

Featuring keynotes by Herman Bennett (CUNY Grad Center) and Ada Ferrer (NYU), and talks by bunch of brilliant UPenn graduate students as well as former and current McNeil fellows.

Thursday, November 13
Textures of Race and Caste
Howie J. Tam, UPenn
Clare Mullaney, UPenn

Afro/Indigenous Atlantics
Demetri D. Debe, McNeil Center/Minnesota
Mairin Odie, NYU

Film screening and director's talk
Alex RIvera, Sleep Dealer
401 Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut St.

Friday, November 14
Herman Bennett, CUNY Graduate Center
Sovereignty and the Politics of Difference in the Early Modern Atlantic

Embodied Exchanges
Justine G. Hill, McNeil Center/Princeton
Carolyn Roberts, McNeil Center/Harvard
Lynne Feeley, Duke

Ada Ferrer, NYU
A Black Kingdom of this World

A Film Screening and Director's Talk with Alex Rivera (

November 13, 2014
401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
3401 Walnut Street

Sponsored by the Race Across Time and Space Symposium, Cinema Studies, and the Biocode Series

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Photo caption: Francis Daniel Pastorius, Beehive manuscript, 1696-1865, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.