Philadelphia University Celebrates Black History Month with February Series of Events

Philadelphia University will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February with the theme “Lift Every Voice.” Coordinated through the Office of Student Development Programs, in association with clubs/organizations and classes, events will include on-campus film screenings, performances and speakers open to the University community and the public. All events during Black History Month are free.

Since 1926, February has been annually recognized as Black History Month commemorating the historical and cultural experiences and contributions of African Americans.

The schedule of Black History Month activities includes:

Hair Exhibition
Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the The Kanbar Performance Space
Sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU)
This is museum-style hair exhibit will showcase different hairstyles during specific time periods and feature hairstyles modeled by historical figures. Two museum docents will guide people through the exhibition of both human and plastic mannequins, and pictures.

Voluntary Segregation Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Sponsored by BSU
A panel of students and faculty from all different ethnic backgrounds will share their perspectives and their views on the issue of voluntary segregation.

Open Class: Racing with Princesses: Race, Consumerism, and Disney
Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 10 to 10:50 in the
Ravenhill Mansion, Room 11
Professor Adam Zolkover (WRTG 101-2 & -7, Writing Seminar I)

From Steamboat Willie to The Princess and the Frog, Disney has relied on American concepts of race, in various configurations, in order to sell their product. In this open class session, participants will discuss the nature of some of those configurations, including Disney’s relationship with the minstrel show tradition, with colonialism, and with the homogenization of racial identity through consumer capitalism. The class will discuss several Disney films, as well as their merchandising campaign.

Film for Thought: Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom
Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Paul J. Gutman Library Media Room
This special Black History Month Film for Thought screening of Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom follows Noah, Alex, Ricky, Chance and their significant others travel to Martha’s Vineyard for a weekend wedding getaway. Drama ensues as one-by-one their relationships start to crack under the pressure of closer examination.

Down to Business: The First 10 Steps for Entrepreneurship for Women presented by Clara Villarosa
Thursday, Feb. 18 at Noon in The Tuttleman Center Auditorium
Sponsored by Student Development Programs, School of Business Administration
and BSU

In today’s troubled economy, more and more people are finding themselves out of work and not knowing where to turn. Twenty years ago, Clara Villarosa was one of those people. At 52 years old, after years of climbing the corporate ladder, the business maven found herself out a job. Desperate to make a living, Villarosa thought of the one thing she could do to dust herself off — she launched the groundbreaking The Hue-Man Experience, the largest African-American bookstore.

Open Class: In-Groups, Out-Groups, Reference Groups and Social Networks
Thursday, Feb. 18 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and 4 to 5:15 p.m. in
Hayward Hall, Room 217
Taught by Professor Jenna Musket (SOC 201, Class, Gender and Race)
The session offers insight into how the perpetuation of social inequalities does not require intentional discrimination. Just as social inequality is built into society, so it is built into our personal relationships. The class will explore the challenges and opportunities of creating cultural diversity.

Korto Momolu
Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Sponsored by Campus Activities Board

Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) is a renowned fashion designer and stylist. Korto was born and lived in Monrovia, Liberia, before immigrating with her family to Canada due to the country’s civil war in 1990. Influenced by her African roots and inspired by rich fabrics, Korto began producing beautifully chic clothing and accessories for women of all sizes and shapes. After working as an independent fashion designer for 15 years, Korto followed her dreams and broke into the public eye in 2008 during the fifth season of the hit TV show “Project Runway.”

Open Class: African American Cultural Identities
Friday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in Search Hall, Room 313
Hosted by Professor Marcella McCoy Deh (JSLA 331)

The African American Experience Through Our Eyes and Yours
Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Performance Space
Sponsored by BSU

This event will feature a series of monologues about issues that African Americans face in today’s society. They can range from small issues like not being able to find our shades of makeup to more pressing issues such as black on black crime and colorism.

Black Student Union Meetings
Every Thursday at 6 p.m. in The Tuttleman Center, Room 109
Join members of BSU to find out about current programs and activities, and help plan upcoming events.

Soul Food Luncheon and Dinner Series
Soul food is derived from prized southern dishes during the American slavery era. It’s an African American cuisine and soul food is mostly known as southern or comfort food, is the foundation for bringing back memories of family dinners and special celebrations. This method of cooking also introduced the foundation from which many popular dishes are made from today. The Soul Food Series is coordinated with the support of Dining Services.

Enjoy soul food on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Common Thread
Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Tuesday, Feb. 9 – Common Thread
Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Common Thread
Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)
Tuesday, Feb. 23 – Common Thread
Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Ravehill Dining Hall (dinner)

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at ext. 2634 or visit www.PhilaU.edu/studentdev/bhm2010.html. Click here to download a printable calendar of Black History Month Activities.

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