Conference Celebrates Black History
Brooklyn Campus commemorated Black History Month with the
4th African Diaspora Conference on February 12, focusing
on African-American heritage, identity, migration and representation.
idea with the Diaspora projects is to show how culture gets
transformed when it moves from place to place, what happens
when it gets absorbed and altered, said Dance Department
administrator Noel Hall, who helped coordinate the event.
want to give the campus and neighboring communities an opportunity
to view aspects of various cultures that they may not otherwise
see, he said, adding, We also hope to create
a repository of data for scholarly research. Other
Diaspora conferences have focused on Hispanic, Asian and
Eastern European cultures. In the fall semester, a Diaspora
conference on India will take place on October 8.
the participants in the day-long conference was Trinidad-born
poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor, author of two poetry collections,
Raw Air and Night When Moon Follows.
There was a performance by the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
Company, an acclaimed ensemble founded in 1981 by choreographer
Abdel R. Salaam that blends modern dance, West African dance
and martial arts. In addition, West Indian sculptor Veronica
Ryans mixed-media installation of found and created
objects, Archeology of the Black Sun, was exhibited
in the Salena Gallery.