Events and Activities
In addition to the colloquium’s keynote speakers and panels, “Black Love: A Symposium” features events that actively engage film, performance, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. The following film screening, discussions, and reading allow us to celebrate Hurston and the symposium’s theme with the participation of the wider Lawrence community. All of these events are free and open to the public.
- A Night at the Movies
- Film Screening: Pariah
- Film Screening: Whose Streets?
- Closing Reception and Quilt Exhibit
- Marathon Reading of Their Eyes Were Watching God
Monday, September 11th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044
The first event in our anniversary celebration is a movie night. Join us for a lively conversation about representations of “Black Love” in popular film. We welcome three distinguished panelists: director and producer Doug McHenry; director, screenwriter, and KU professor of Film and Media Studies Kevin Willmott; and director, actor, and KU professor of Theater, Nicole Hodges Persley. We will screen and discuss memorable scenes from cinema history, including McHenry’s Jason’s Lyric.
|Professor Kevin Willmott||Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley||Director Doug McHenry|
|KU Faculty profile page||KU Faculty profile page||Trailer for "Jason's Lyric"|
|Dr. Randal Jelks||Dr. Katie Batza||Dr. Robert Minor|
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View the trailer on YouTube (due to content, you must login to YouTube)
Wednesday, September 13th
Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045
|"Whose Streets?" poster|
Directors Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis collaborate to create a character-based documentary on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Whose Streets? (2017) follows seven people involved with the protest movement, combining close snapshots of human lives with larger visions of activism in response to injustice. The film has been recognized by notable film and service organizations, including Sundance Documentary Film Program, the Firelight Fund, and Good Pitch.
Join us for this event co-sponsored by the Office of First-Year Experience, Spencer Museum of Art, and Department of Film and Media Studies.
Saturday, September 16th
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marla Quilts Inc. African American Museum and Textile Academy
2001 Haskell Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66046
|Dr. Carmaletta Williams||Lex Norwood|
Join us as for an exhibition of quilts inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God and Black Love curated by Marla Jackson of Marla Quilts Inc. African American Museum and Textile Academy. Enjoy music by jazz keyboardist Lex Norwood and a performance by regional Emmy winner Dr. Carmaletta Williams. Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, September 18th
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The culmination of our week-long commemoration of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel is a marathon reading of the complete text on its exact date of publication. Volunteers will read aloud excerpts of this culturally rich work at various local businesses in downtown Lawrence. Come and listen or sign up (Webform) to be a reader.