The award-winning African-American author and filmmaker M.K. Asante will speak about the role that art plays in black political life.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the Departments of Philosophy and English are teaming up with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture to co-sponsor Asante’s address at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Wilson Center. His presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception, with music provided by vocalist Carolyn Perteete, a graduate of Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music.
Asante, who the Philadelphia Inquirer has described as “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance,” is a professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He is known internationally for nonfiction, poetry and films that interpret the African Diaspora and the African-American experience. Asante’s most recent book, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation, uses hip-hop as the springboard for examining a variety of social and political issues.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.
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