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Feb. 5, 2002
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California State University, Dominguez Hills Celebrates
Harlem Renaissance Through Symposia: Voices, Visions and Rhythms

The Social, Political and Philosophical Roots of the Harlem Renaissance
"Point of Departure: Enter the New Negro"

Carson, CA - The cultural and psychological impact of the Harlem Renaissance is the focus of a spirited symposia, "Voices, Visions and Rhythms: A Centennial Celebration of Black Arts and Culture," to be presented at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in the Loker Student Union, Feb. 7 - 9. The three-day symposia, which traces the cultural roots of the Harlem Renaissance, identifies the status of the social climate for this significant period in African American history.

Using the lens of the 21st century, Cal State Dominguez Hills' faculty will explore the central theme of the Harlem Renaissance - the construction of identity and the emergence of the New Negro - how to be black in a white America. The Symposia also will examine the struggles of how African Americans strived to advance their skills as poets, writers, artists, musicians and dancers.

Dr. Joyce Johnson, CSUDH professor of English, said the Harlem Renaissance was a particular state of mind, shared by black writers, musicians, artists and intellectuals of their time and set a course for ongoing discourse about the identity of African Americans.

Johnson noted that the Harlem Renaissance served as a springboard for larger discussion of the period, its impact on future generations and the ways in which it can be incorporated into the humanities, arts, ethnic studies and global studies curriculum at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

"We hope to emerge from this Symposia with an academic basis, which could be molded into future curriculum for our students," Johnson said.

Symposia Schedule: The Social, Political and Philosophical Roots of the Harlem Renaissance, Point of Departure: Enter the New Negro

Thursday, Feb.7, 2002
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Public Forum & Roundtable Conversation open to campus and public

Seminar One:
Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
"Alain Locke: Philosophical Mid-Wife of the Harlem Renaissance," by
Dr. Leonard Harris, Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Seminar Two:
"From Savage to Negro," by
Dr. Lee Baker, Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology,
Duke University
10:30 - 12:15 p.m.

12:20 - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Three:
"Zora Neale Hurston: 'How it Feels to be Colored Me,'" by
Dr. Karla Holloway, Dean, Humanities & Social Sciences,
Duke University
1:30 - 3-15 p.m.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Seminar Four:

"On Stage in the Harlem Renaissance", by
A. Hay, Professor of Theatre North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 2002
Wrap-Up Session: "How to Integrate New Knowledge into Curriculum
10 - Noon

The second in this series of special symposia is scheduled for April 4 - 6. Titled, "Sphere of Influence: A Centennial Celebration of Langston Hughes," this symposia also will be held in the CSUDH Loker Student Union. A separate release will contain the schedule for that Symposium.

California State University, Dominguez Hills takes pride in offering a 'World of Opportunity' to everyone who desires a quality higher education. Please visit the university website at for complete information on campus curriculum and activities.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For additional information, contact Joyce Johnson or Patricia McNeill at (310) 243-3935, or (310) 243-3071 respectively.