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The Betty M. & William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series presents   

The Betty M. and William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series explores the arts, history and literature through a series of illuminating, engaging sessions that look at societal events and how they impact the human experience. Now in its sixth year, the speaker series has provided unique and intimate sessions that look at societal events and how they impact the human experience.

This year’s series examines how post-World War I developments in the United States that changed attitudes and spurred steps toward equality and civil rights including women’s suffrage and the Harlem Renaissance.

 

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. | “Jazz...Music for Thought”

Join musician, composer and radio personality Jae Sinnett as he explores the power of jazz in the 1920s. Sinnett will explain how economic, political and technological developments heightened the popularity of jazz in the 1920s, creating a genre of music that has influenced every musical movement since.

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*POSTPONED* Saturday, March 21, from 5-7 p.m. | “A Call to Action: Progressivism and the Promise of Women’s Suffrage”

Join Dr. Bonnie Hagerman, assistant professor at the University of Virginia, as she explores the Progressive Era (1890-1920) and the energies it unleashed that spurred a wave of organizing, activism and leadership among women and on behalf of women’s causes. The victories those women secured (the settlement house movement and Prohibition) and tragedies they suffered (the Triangle Fire and failure to pass an anti-lynching law), provided valuable experience and insight, and reinforced a commitment to gaining suffrage and the benefits of winning the vote.

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*POSTPONED* Saturday, April 18, from 5-7 p.m.  |  “Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance”

Last year marked the centennial celebration of the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual, cultural and social movement that began in Harlem in the early 20th century and celebrated African-American heritage and culture. Join Dr. Karima Jeffrey, associate professor of English at Hampton University, as she explores the birth of the Harlem Renaissance and its legacy as we begin the second decade of the 21st century. Whether examining black speculative fiction/film, for example, or awarding prestigious honors and accolades, African-descended artists continue to challenge and inspire, and create imaginative texts that explore a diverse range of perspectives and experiences.

 

All presentations are free and open to the public and will be held in the Hackney Theater of the Meredith Center for the Arts, 7336 Granby Street. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow each lecture.