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For Immediate Release: February 11, 2009
Contact: Andrea Early, 508-289-7139; aearly@mbl.edu

Woods Hole Organizations Celebrate Black History Month
Free lectures and a multicultural potluck are scheduled

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—February is Black History Month and the Woods Hole Black History Month Committee has lined up several events celebrating this year’s theme: "The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas." These events are free and open to the public.

Events Schedule: Download the flyer (pdf format)

The Black Voice & the 2009 Presidential Inauguration
Thursday, February 19, 2009, Noon
Speck Auditorium, MBL Rowe Laboratory, 10 MBL Street, Woods Hole

Lecture by Dr. Courtney Baker, Assistant Professor of English, Connecticut College.
Professor Baker researches and teaches on the complexities of culture and social relations and researches races and visual culture. She also teaches literature classes that approach texts from multiple perspectives, including race and gender. She believes that the most interesting objects of study are the issues and artifacts that influence the ways we inhabit the world. Her writing has been published in the Journal of American Culture, and the magazine, Art Papers.

Roots of a Rebellion: Rio de Janeiro’s 1910 “Revolt of the Leash”
Thursday, February 26, 2009, Noon
Speck Auditorium, MBL Rowe Laboratory, 10 MBL Street, Woods Hole

Lecture by Professor Zachary Morgan, Assistant Professor of History, Boston, College. Professor Morgan is a modern Latin American historian. He uses the field of political, social, and intellectual history to focus on the African Diaspora throughout the Americas, with a specific interest in Brazil. His current research focuses on race, state violence, and ideas of modernity in Brazil and in the broader Atlantic world. He was the 2003 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Career Enhancement Fellowship at Princeton University.

Harambee Ethnic Potluck Feast
Thursday, February 26, 2009
4:00 - 7:00 PM, MBL Swope Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole

Everyone from every ethnicity is welcome! Enjoy an evening of exotic food, multicultural arts, crafts, and music provided by 2Way Entertainment. Don’t forget to bring your favorite potluck dish.

Woods Hole Black History Month events are sponsored by the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory); the National Marine Fisheries Service; the Sea Education Association; and the U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center.

More information can be found on the Woods Hole Black History Month website at http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/outreach/WHBHMC or by calling the Marine Biological Laboratory Communications Office at (508) 289-7423.


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