Poet Dana Gilmore
Benjamin Reiss, Ph.D.
Update for Week of Feb. 25:
Closing the celebration, Benjamin Reiss, Ph.D., will speak Thursday, Feb. 28 in Jewett 101 at 7:15 p.m., following the dinner that starts at 6 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center.
Editor of “Cambridge History of the American Novel”, he will discuss slavery and sleep pattern. As a professor at Emory University in the Department of English, Reiss specializes in 19th century American literature.
He studies the history of medicine, race, disability, and popular culture.
Reiss is the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America (Harvard UP, 2001; repr. 2010) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008), as well as essays in journals including American Literary History, Social Text, ELH, American Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Slate.
In addition, he has appeared on numerous radio NPR and PRI radio programs discussing his work. He is now working on Managing Sleep, a book that explores how sleep came to be a problem in need of micro-management, medical attention, and pervasive worry. The book braids together literary, medical, religious, and social history from the Enlightenment to the present. A portion of this work, "Sleeping at Walden Pond," is forthcoming in the journal American Literature.
To celebrate Black History month, the Black Student Union invites all SUNY Fredonia faculty, staff, students and surrounding community members to 10 free events. Since 1976, marking the 50th anniversary of Negro History Week, the Black History Week turned into being called Black History Month. This celebration is recognized throughout the month of February. The Black Student Union will hold the first event Friday, Feb. 1, in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center at 6 p.m.
The opening ceremony will open with a topic discussion by SUNY Fredonia Assistant Professor, Dr. Jennifer Hildebrand, who specializes in African American history and culture of the 19th century United States. Hildebrand earned her Ph. D. from University of California, Riverside in 2003.
Other events include poetry, movies, comedy show, pageant, and even a magic show.
The first movie night is Monday, Feb. 4, and will continue 14, 18 and 25 in Room 226 of the Williams Center at 8 p.m. A pageant to celebrate beauty and Black History month is Friday, Feb. 8 in the Multipurpose room of the Williams Center at 7:30 p.m.
Comedian Derek Gaines will perform Feb. 19
Poetry Night is Monday, Feb. 11 in Tim Horton’s (The Spot) in the Williams Center. It starts at 8 p.m. and features guest artist Dana Gilmore. Gilmore is known for her piece “Wife, Woman, Friend”, which she performed on Russell Simmons’ HBO “Def Poetry” Season 3. Dana has worked with well-known artists such as Mos Def, Kanye West, and Wyclef-Jean. Gilmore writes about romantic relationships and urban realities. She strives to convey spiritual, emotional, and personal wisdom which will inspire a new generation for poets in the years ahead.
Ran'D Shine will perform Friday, Feb. 15 in Diers Recital Hall at 8 p.m. He is known for his performance at “Salute to Heroes” at the 44th Presidential Inauguration Banquet and Ball of 2009, Shine is not only a magician but a historian and educator of magic. Throughout his career, he has visited various college campuses throughout the United States. He is also known for taking trips to Japan, Guam and Korean military bases to perform. Shine appeared on NBC’s “10 Show” and “The Art and Soul of Magic” documentary.
Comedian Derek Gaines will perform Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Diers Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Gaines started his career in Philadelphia comedy clubs.
Closing the celebration, Benjamin Reiss, Ph.D., will speak Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Horizon Room of the Williams Center at 6 p.m., followed by the Women’s Appreciation dinner co-sponsored by the Women Student Union. Editor of “Cambridge History of the American Novel”, he will discuss slavery and sleep pattern. As a professor at Emory University in the Department of English, Reiss specializes in 19th century American literature. He studies the history of medicine, race, disability, and popular culture.
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