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Bowie State Lecture Series Brings Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez

March 13, 2014

World-renowned poets lead public forums, student workshops

(Bowie, Md.) – March 13, 2014 – World-renowned poets, activists, and scholars Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez will discuss their literary works and professional experiences with Bowie State University students in two free public lectures, as part of the Global Woman Project Lecture Series. Both events feature open question-and-answer forums and book signings immediately following the programs.

At “An Afternoon with Nikki Giovanni,” Giovanni will share from a collection of her poetry with English composition students and the public on Friday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m. on the Main Stage in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The students are reading her book, The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998.

Before the public event, Giovanni will lead an interactive writing workshop with about 40 sixth grade students from the Robert Goddard Montessori School in nearby Seabrook, Md., taking place from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. The focus will be the use of artistic writing as a way to confront oppression, excel academically, and develop a healthy foundation for social and emotional development.

Known for her fiery activism in the pursuit of justice and equality, Giovanni has published some 30 books for adults and children and has been awarded more than 20 honorary degrees. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

“An Evening with Sonia Sanchez” will take place on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Communication Arts Center, Myers Auditorium. Before the public lecture, Sanchez will lead a small group of selected Bowie State students in a creative writing workshop. English composition students are also reading Sanchez’s work before the evening event.

Author of more than 15 books, Sanchez is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award. She has lectured at more than 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has presented her poetry to audiences in Africa, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University.

Sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages and the College of Education, the Global Woman Project Lecture Series provides forums for the Bowie State community and the public to engage with distinguished female scholars and leaders. The series brings together speakers from different disciplines, with a focus on bridging the achievement gap through discussions to encourage reading, writing and critical thinking.

The other upcoming series events are:

  • Global Woman Project Lecture Series: Marita Golden
    Tuesday, March 25 at 11 a.m. (DATE CHANGE)
    Center for Learning and Technology, Room 102
    An award-winning author of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction works, Golden will discuss her book, Don’t Play in the Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex.
  • Women's Project Film Roundtable: "Miss Representation"
    Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. (film screening), 8 p.m. (panel discussion)
    Center for Learning and Technology, Room 102
    After a screening “Miss Representation,” a documentary exposing how mainstream American media contribute to the under-representation of women, U.S. Representative Donna Edwards (MD-4) will lead a discussion of the film on panel of women leaders. The other panelists are Chitra Panjabi, vice president of membership for National Organization for Women (NOW), and Angela Peoples, president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.
  • 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research and Writing Across the Curriculum Conference
    Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Student Center, Wiseman Ballroom
    All Bowie State University students in English composition will share their research findings and literary analysis in the form of roundtables, panel discussions, and poster presentations, focusing on the theme, “Global Woman Project.” Students from other Bowie State programs and from other universities will also present their work. Dr. Monique Akassi, coordinator of the Bowie State composition studies program, is the keynote speaker.


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