This IU Lifelong Learning class is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the Library's Power of Words
program. It will provide critical thought and context to the works of Jacqueline Woodson, our featured author for the Power of Words. The class includes two sessions. Generations in Motion: African American Portraits will be led by John McCluskey on March 1, while the second class, Navigating Childhood and Society in Recent African American Films, will be led by Audrey McCluskey on March 8. Audrey and John are Emeriti Faculty, Indiana University, African American and African Diaspora Studies.
This class will be held virtually course fee is $25 for both classes. Register here
This class was originally scheduled to take place in person on January 27 and February 3 and included the Power of Words book signing and Our Voice exhibit opening reception on February 5.
If you would like to support the Power of Words, please purchase your Premium ticket at givebox.com/pow2022
. You will enjoy preferred seating for the Power of Words, a ticket to the book signing at the Library following the event, and the Gala opening reception for the Marian Armstrong exhibit, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winners.
This course is approved by the Indiana State Library for 4 General Library Education Units (LEU’s). Earn an additional 2 LEU's by attending Woodson's Power of Words talk at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Contact Grier Carson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information and requirements. Please register at mcpl.info/iupow
Navigating Childhood and Society in Recent African American films
Hollywood has not been kind to Black children. From its earliest beginnings, Black childhood has represented otherness and danger, if not servitude and ridicule, and has been designed and created for a non-Black audience. After a brief overview of some early motion picture renderings, this presentation will focus on recent films by Black screenwriters and directors that represent an alternate view of what the socialization of Black children reveals and explores. Among the films to choose from are: Moonlight (2016); The Hate U Give (2018); and US (2019).
About the Instructor:
Audrey Thomas McCluskey is professor emerita of African American and African diaspora studies at IU Bloomington. She served as director of the Black Film Center/Archive and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, as well as director of graduate studies in her department. She is author/editor of six books, most recently, A Forgotten Sisterhood: Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South; and numerous journal articles and book chapters that include Black film studies.