Jones Humanities Speaker Series: 

The Presenters


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

Featuring Jae Sinnett: drummer, composer, music educator, radio personality

Jones Speaker Series 2020_Jae SinnettJae Sinnett began calling Norfolk home after transferring to the area in the mid-70s with the United States Navy. Following his service, Sinnett began his music career, which has evolved into him being a consummate drummer, composer and bandleader who has produced 15 albums. Sinnett has written more than 250 compositions, scored music for five documentaries and performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Ferguson Center for the Arts.

He is celebrating his 29th year as a jazz producer and host for NPR affiliate WHRV-FM 89.5, where he hosts the popular jazz show “Sinnett in Session” Monday through Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. He also hosts “The R&B Chronicles,” heard Friday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. Both shows can be heard on demand at

He also taught history, theory and percussion at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk and was an adjunct drum set and jazz ensemble instructor at Christopher Newport University. He’s also a touring clinician and music educator, conducting master classes at many universities, and appears as a guest artist with the ensembles performing his compositions. He holds degrees from Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities.


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

Featuring Bonnie Hagerman, Assistant Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs, University of Virginia

Jones Speaker Series 2020_Bonnie HaggermanBonnie Hagerman graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1991. After teaching high school history and social studies for five years, she pursued graduate studies at Ohio University, where she earned her Ph.D. in history with a concentration in American social history. She has taught at the University of Virginia since 2008 and is an assistant professor, general faculty, in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Hagerman has taught a variety of courses for the department including A History of Gender & Sexuality, 1865 to the Present, A History of Feminism in America, and courses that explore women, gender and sport.



“Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance” | Time and date to be announced

Featuring Dr. Karima Jeffrey, Associate Professor and UNCF/Mellon Campus Coordinator, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Hampton University

Jones Speaker Series 2020_Karima JeffreyDr. Karima Jeffrey specializes in African American literature, multi-ethnic American literature, Caribbean literature and postcolonial studies. She is especially interested in interdisciplinary studies, incorporating film, music, visual arts and other forms of media and technology into her courses.
Dr. Jeffrey received her doctorate from Howard University, her Master of Arts from Lehman College of the City University of New York and her Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College.

Dr. Jeffrey’s works include “George Lamming’s ‘The Boy and the Sea’–A Littoral Artist’s Experimentation with Language and a Postcolonial Examination of the Self”; “Mother of a New World? Stereotypical Representations of Black Women in Three Postapocalyptic Films”; “George Lamming’s In The Castle of My Skin: A Littoral Figure Discovers Self-Identity and Authorial Language”; “Littoralia or the Littoral as Trope: Developing a Paradigm of Post-coloniality” and a biography on Langston Hughes in "Icons of African American Literature."

Dr. Jeffrey is a UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residency Award (2016) recipient and frequent speaker at symposiums across the United States. She’s also the recipient of faculty development awards from the Historically Black Colleges/Universities-Faculty Development Network, the University of Richmond Tocqueville Seminars, UNCF/Mellon Programs and Hampton University.