Celebrating Black History Month

An exciting mix of performances, lectures, presentations and discussions will take place in celebration of Black History Month. Locations, times and additional details for each event are listed below.

Thursday, February 1
A lecture titled “The Way to Glory: The Great Migration in the Black Religious Imagination” will be presented by Jennifer Thompkins, who graduated from Ursinus College in 2009 and earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University in 2011. This free event will be held in Unity House from 12 to 1 p.m.

Monday, February 6
Rebecca Roberts, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Ursinus College, will present a lecture titled “Does Environmental Racism Exist?” This free event will be held in Unity House from 4:15 to 5 p.m.

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 11
The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, as well as Ursinus students hoping to win cash prizes, will perform at a Poetry Slam. This free event will be held in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Blackbox Theater at 5 p.m.

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will perform during Jazz Night, a special evening of dinner and dancing that will make attendees feel like they’re spending a night under the stars in Paris. Special guests President and Mrs. Fong will also be present. This event will be held in Wismer Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5.00.

Monday, February 13
Jamahal Boyd, the former Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, will deliver a presentation titled “The New Health Care Delivery System, the Impact on Public Health, Health Reform, and Transitioning From the Book-World to the Real-World.” This free event will be held in Unity House from 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15
Princeton University’s Anthony Branker, Ph.D., an educator, composer, arranger and trumpeter who was the first African American professor at Ursinus, will deliver a presentation titled “The Future of Jazz” in Wismer Center from 12 to 1 p.m. Free.

Thursday, February 16
Shaun Harper, Ph.D., will deliver a lecture titled “Race-conscious Educational Practices: Strategies for Effectively Engaging Students of Color.” Harper is a
faculty member at Penn Graduate School of Education and the director of the
Center for the Study of Race in Education. He has published nine books and authored more than 80 articles on student achievement. This free event will be held in Wismer
Center at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, February 18
Comedienne Erin Jackson, who was a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, will perform in Wismer Lower Lounge at 8 p.m.

Carol Clark Lawrence

Wednesday, February 29
Deborah Bumbry and Carol Clark Lawrence, two of Ursinus’s first African American female graduates, will host an informal discussion on “Ursinus in the ‘70s.” Deborah is a retired middle-school teacher, and Carol is a Senior Vice President at PNC Bank and an Ursinus College Board Member. This free event will be held in Unity House at noon.