Arts and the Africana Experience
A skilled storyteller, dancer or musician can communicate in ways that enrich—and, sometimes, extend far beyond—the analytical narrative. And many scholars believe that the ties between the performing arts and Africana-studies scholarship are particularly strong.
Scholars and artists explored those connections last weekend at the Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference, Performing Memory, History & Identity in the Black World. Hosted by Dickinson, the event brought together national experts in Africana studies, American studies, history, dance, music, photography, film and communications arts to examine the ways in which performing arts inform and reflect black identity, history and lived experience. Students and experts from three regional colleges attended the conference.
By MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
Photos by Carl Socolow ’77 and Jennifer Crowley ’12