Liberal Studies and Literature Lecture Series: KUUMBA and Blaxploitation in the 1970s
This Friday, February 21, SCS is hosting the second of three public talks in our Liberal Studies and Literature lecture series. This iteration will venture into a forgotten chapter of Chicago’s cultural history, as professor Gerald Butters explores the cultural effect of Blaxploitation films of the 1970s and the backlash against the genre led by a South Side Black Arts organization, The Kuumba Workshop, in the tumultuous years immediately following the Civil Rights Movement. The event begins with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by an interactive presentation at 7:00. To RSVP, click here.
This lecture is the second of three in our Liberal Studies and Literature lecture series: the first, hosted by Professor Nick Davis in January, explored film adaptations of the work of Henry James through in-depth discussion interwoven with clips of silver-screen takes on the writer’s work. The final lecture of the series, hosted by Professor Kasey Evans, will take on the presence of ghosts in four Shakespeare plays, and examine the intersection of death and drama in Renaissance England. It is scheduled on Friday, April 18.