[PAST EVENT] Africana Studies Colloquium and Educational Screening of Nate Parker?s The Birth of a Nation

February 3, 2017
5:30pm - 10pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium/Tidewater Rooms
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

The Program in Africana Studies, the Lemon Project, the Center for Student Diversity, the Program in Film and Media Studies, the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History, the Sharpe Community Studies Program, the Dean for Educational Policy, the African Cultural Society, Students of the Caribbean Association, and the Black Student Organization at William & Mary are pleased to host a colloquium and educational screening of Nate Parker?s The Birth of a Nation on February 3, 2017. All events are free and open to the public.

At 5:30pm in the College?s Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium, a panel with divergent perspectives will offer provocations on multiple themes for the public?s consideration. For a true community of scholars, the panel will include faculty, community organizers, as well as students of the College. Dr. Robert T. Vinson, Dr. Suzette Spencer, Dr. Kelley Deetz, Dr. Bill Wiggins, Dr. Leslie Alexander (author of ?Birth of a Nation is an Epic Fail?), Elder Khalif Khalifa (facilitator of the Nat Turner Trail Tour in Southampton County, VA), as well as Ph.D. candidate in American Studies, James Padilioni, and undergraduate Amirio Freeman ?17.

Immediately following this discussion, the screening of the film will begin (also in the Commonwealth Auditorium). After the screening slated to begin at 6pm, guests will retire upstairs to Tidewater rooms A and B for a reception and post-film discussion. 

The Birth of a Nation (2016) is based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved African American who led a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831. The film is 110 mins and is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America.


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