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 Madam Walker Lecture series Flyer


IUPUI Black Faculty & Staff Council

Family Fun Night at the IUPUI Jaguar’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball games

Games will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the IUPUI Gymnasium - The Jungle
          5:00 p.m. tip off - Women’s vs. Oakland
          7:30 p.m. tip off - Men’s vs. South Dakota
Cost: $10.00 per person which includes a ticket for both the Men’s & Women’s Basketball game and (1) Special Meal coupon.

·      Choice of One: Nachos or Hot Dog

·      Choice of One: Popcorn, Potato Chips or Fruit

·      Fountain Drink (with a Non-Carbonated Option Available)

This special offer is available for advance ticket sales, Please contact John Rasmussen or call 274-5453 to purchase tickets.




“The Education of Auma Obama,” a film by Branwen Okpako: screening and discussion with filmmaker

Admission free Reception with light refreshments to follow Branwen Okpako is a highly talented and successful Nigerian-Welsh documentary filmmaker, who now lives and works in Berlin, Germany, where in 1999 she received a degree in Film Directing from the prestigious German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Since 1995 she has produced several videos, mixed media installations, and films. Her work has been selected to be shown at film festivals in Europe, Great Britain, Africa, North America, and the Middle East. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Okpako offers seminars, workshops, and projects in film studies and filmmaking and lectures at universities in the US, Canada, Europe, and other parts of the world. Topics of her presentations include: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Otherness in Film; Black Identity in German Cinema; Migration and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Europe; The Art of Filmmaking; The Theory and Practice of Screenplay Writing, to name just a few. For her 2000/2001 film, Dreckfresser (Dirt for Dinner), Okpako received, among others, the German Next-Generation-First-Steps Award for Best Documentary Film. For her 2002 film, Sehe ich was du nicht siehst? (Do I see what you do not see?), she received the D-motion special prize for the city of Halle, Germany. Her most acclaimed film, The Education of Auma Obama, (Die Geschichte der Auma Obama) has brought Okpako much attention. The film is a captivating and intimate portrait of the U.S. president’s older half-sister, who embodies a post-colonial, feminist identity. Dr. Auma Obama studied German at the University of Heidelberg from 1981 to 1987 before continuing with graduate studies at the University of Bayreuth, earning a PhD in 1996. Her dissertation was on the conception of labor in Germany and its literary reflections. For The Education of Auma Obama, Okpako received the 2012 African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary, the Festival Founders Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (both in 2012), and the Viewers Choice Award at the Africa International Film Festival (2011). Her most recent project, Fluch der Medea (The Curse of Medea), a docu-drama about the life of the late German writer Christa Wolf, was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. Okpako is currently a visiting professor of German at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. This event is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center, with additional support from the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the German Program. For additional information contact: Jason M. Kelly, Director, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute,, (317) 274-1689 Claudia Grossmann, Interim Director, IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center,, (317) 274-3943

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7th Annual African Night "Changing the Story"

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Split but Not Separated: Recapturing the Legacy of the Near Southside

Split but Not Separated: Recapturing the Legacy of the Near Southside, a new exhibit designed by students in the Museum Studies class, Museum Methods, will open on Sunday, April 27,  at the Concord Neighborhood Center, 1301 South Meridian.  This pop-up exhibit originates in a class taught by Professor Modupe Labode (History and Museum Studies), and was inspired by an earlier student research project.  In 2010, Anthropology students from IUPUI began collecting oral histories, photographs, and other memorabilia from African American and Jewish elders who had grown up together on the Near Southside. This research is captured in the oral history book  The Neighborhood of Saturdays, by Professor Sue Hyatt, which was published in 2013 by Dog Ear Press.  The exhibit presents another view of the history of the community and moves the story into the future by involving the views of children who are currently participating in programs at the Concord Neighborhood Center.  The exhibit is open from 2-4 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m.

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A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation

A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation Details to follow.

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