Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Two Amazing Upcoming Events: March 24/25, 2010

Two amazing upcoming events: March 24/25, 2010---one at John A. Logan, one on campus at SIUC.

Sundown Towns and Why They are Important in Southern Illinois
A free lecture by Dr. James Loewen
O’Neil Auditorium, John A. Logan College
Thursday, March 25, 3:30 p.m.

Sundown towns are communities that excluded African Americans (or sometimes Chinese Americans, Jewish Americans or other minorities) by force, law, or custom. These communities are called “sundown towns” because some of them posted signs at their city limits reading, typically, “N-----, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On You In…” Some towns are still all white on purpose.
Professor James Loewen, author of the book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism and creator of
the online newsletter The Sundown Town News: A Newsletter Dedicated to the Abolition of its Subject, has identified thousands of such towns across the country, including at least 440 in Illinois. Many of these towns are in southern Illinois, including several in the John A. Logan College district.
For more information, contact David Cochran at (618) 985-2828, extension 8689
Thursday, March 25, 3:30 p.m.
John A. Logan College - O’Neil Auditorium
The talk is free and open to the public


The Black Affairs Council will be hosting an event for Women's History Month. We have invited Audrey Petty, Director of MFA-Creative Writing Program at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. The lecture will be held on March 24, 2010 at 7:00P.M

Title of lecture:
Up South, Southside: Girlhood in the Promised Land: A Collection of Essays about Identity, Family, food and Place

She will be presenting an excerpt from Up South, Southside: Girlhood in the Promised Land, a memoir-in-progress. As a whole, the work is concerned withthe interplay between place and identity. With the occasion of a road trip South
with her husband and infant daughter as a structural framework for the narrative,she has set out to consider how the Great Migration has defined her family’s story and also shaped her own inner compass.

Audrey Petty, an award-winning author and Associate Professor/Director of the Creative Writing Program -English Department at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana, will discuss her current work on an oral history of the Chicago Housing Authority’s high-rise housing projects. Petty’s poetry has been published in Crab Orchard Review and Cimarron Review. Among her other accomplishments, Ms. Petty has been awarded a residency at the Hedgebrook Colony, the Richard Soref Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Tennessee Williams Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she’s also been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council and the Hewlett Foundation. For more information contact Black Affairs Council at 618-453-2534.