JMU′s Furious Flower Poetry Center′s mission is to advance the genre of African American poetry by providing opportunities for education, research, and publication. The Center honored Lucille Clifton, who passed away on February 13, 2010 with a tribute, "73 Poems for 73 Years: Celebrating the Life of Lucille Clifton." The tribute celebrated 73 years of her life with a reading of 73 of her poems, read by 73 poets from across the United States.
Musical selections by The Elliot Family String Quartet and Mr. Jefferson′s Bones Trombone Ensemble, among others, was also part of the tribute. The Poetry Society of America awarded its highest honor, The Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in American poetry, posthumously to Lucille Clifton.
For more information, please visit the Furious Flower website: http://www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/index.shtml
The Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 2007 to bring outstanding individuals in the visual and performing arts to campus for a period of time to represent their work and to interact with students and faculty through their performances, exhibitions, and/or lectures. The School of Art and Art History scheduled its first exhibition for Fall 2010 in the Sawhill Gallery.
Clarence Morgan is a painter who lives and works in Minneapolis. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He currently teaches painting in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he is professor and chair of the department. Clarence Morgan′s solo exhibition also allowed him to interact with the students of the School of Art and Art History programs, as well as, other programs on campus and in the city of Harrisonburg.
To view more of his work, visit his Web page at http://www.clarence-morgan.com/index.htm
Each semester, the Center for Multicultural Student Services sponsors an Experiential Learning Trip (ELT) designed to immerse students into various cultural and ethnic experiences with which they might not otherwise be familiar with or participate. Each ELT offers challenging learning environments and promotes understanding, open communication, and team cohesiveness through small group experiences.
The focus of this year′s ELT will be a Native American Immersion and the trip will take place November 12-14. Highlights of previous Native American Immersion ELT′s have included a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indian Reservations. Previous participants also had the chance to experience a pow-wow at the Great American Indian Exposition. The cost for students to attend the trip is $20 and signup will begin at 8:00 am on Tuesday, October 20, 2010 in the CMSS Office (Warren 245).
The 2010 Africana Studies Interdisciplinary Conference will be held on Friday, October 22. The theme is "Shifting the Map of Innovation and Reason: Focus on the Africana World." Professor Toyin Falola of the University of Texas at Austin will deliver the keynote lecture "The Globalization of African Cultures."
A detailed program summary can be found at
For additional details contact Dr. Besi Brillian Muhonja: email@example.com