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ASU to Present Nancy Dawson’s “Stories From Da Dirt”

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Albany, Ga – “Stories From Da Dirt,” a series of monologues detailing the lives of three African American women escaping slavery, using their own skills and ingenuity, is coming to Albany State University Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday March 7.

Dr. Nancy Dawson (Photo courtesy of: www.storiesfromdadirt.com)

In a series of four lectures presented by the ASU department of History department, Africanist scholar Dr. Nancy Dawson will share the history behind her one act play that chronicles the lives of three enslaved women.

In her presentations and lectures, she will combine stories from the Underground Railroad, women in the Civil War, and perform African American spirituals to engage the audience.

Dawson is the artistic director and playwright for “Music is Spirit”. She has been a professor of African American Studies at Southern Illinois University, Austin Peay State University and Western Kentucky University.

Admission to the lectures and performances is free and the community is invited to attend. On Friday, March 8, at 2:15 p.m., Dawson will lecture at Radium Middle School.

Below is the schedule of the events:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

5:30 -7 p.m.

Lecture/ Discussion: “Slave Trade and Its Impact on Economic Development and on the African Continent”

Simmons 101

Thursday, March 7

9:50-11 a.m.

“Stories from da Dirt” Lecture

Student Center Ballroom

3:30-4:45 p.m.

“Django” Lecture: The real story behind Django. A lecture and dramatic presentation – students will learn the real social, psychological consequences of the enslavement

Simmons 101

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Evening Dialogue for Students

“Interrogating History: African Americans’ Changing Perspectives on the Value of Education”

Location: Hall 5 – Movie Room

For more information contact the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.

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