Black Lives on Screen: "Black Spring" (in 5 parts)

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Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community.

Event Information: 
Black Spring (in 5 parts) “poetic conversation in film” pre-recorded performance by Professor Tracie Morris (UI Writers’ Workshop) in conversation with Dr. Joyce Tsai, Chief Curator of the UI Stanley Museum of Art, Associate Professor of Practice (UI-SAAH)
Co-sponsored/co-hosted by UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Hosts: Professor Teresa Mangum (UI Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies) and Associate Professor Paula Amad (UI-Cinematic Arts)

Tracie Morris

Tracie Morris is writer/editor of several books and is a poet, professor, performer, voice teacher and theorist. She has presented her work extensively throughout the world. Ms. Morris holds an MFA in poetry from CUNY Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, and studied British Acting technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Dr. Morris was designated an Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist and served as the Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Fellow at Harvard University. Tracie was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry at The Iowa Writers Workshop for three semesters before joining the faculty as Professor in Fall, 2020.

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