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Events feature activists, authors, films and music
After Hours -- Green thumb comes with British touch

Events feature activists, authors, films and music

Amiri Baraka
Amiri Baraka

For those interested in independent films or independent think-
ers, the fall semester offers a variety of events to enrich intellectual life.

Two film series feature documentaries about music. The student group, OFFScreen, will show “Scratch,” a documentary about hip-hop, Sept. 15 in Newcomb Hall Theater at 7 and 9:30 pm. A list of upcoming films can be found at http://www. student.virginia.edu/~indie.

OFFScreen is also co-sponsoring “Facing the Music,” a timely new documentary about music professor and composer Anne Boyd, who struggled with budget cuts and her teaching ideals at the University of Sydney. The first on the 2002-03 Virginia Festival Film Society schedule, the film will be screened Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Vinegar Hill Theater. A discussion will follow with Peggy Baggett, executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Judith Shatin, composer and U.Va. music professor. Admission is $7 and free to Film Society members. See http://www.vafilm.com.

This year’s creative writing series begins Sept. 19 with two U.Va. English professors reading memoirs. Coordinated by the Creative Writing Program, all events will be held in the U.Va. Bookstore at 8 p.m. Mark Edmundson will read from his new memoir, Teacher, the story of an underestimated high school teacher who “shook things up” and started Edmundson on the path that eventually led to his going into academia. Gregory Orr, who has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, will read from his new memoir, The Blessing. Call 924-6675 for other writers’ visits.

Playwright and poet Amiri Baraka will speak in the “Explorations in Black Leadership” series that includes civil rights activists, authors and business leaders, Sept. 24 in the Rotunda at 8 p.m. An activist during the 1960s, Baraka became nationally prominent after the production of his award-winning play, “Dutchman.” Although he retired in 1999, after 20 years of teaching in the Department of Africana Studies at SUNY-Stony Brook, he continues to write and speak at colleges and universities.

The talks, free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by U.Va.’s Institute for Public History and the Darden School.

Several visiting scholars will be speaking at U.Va. in a series on “Art and Society,” co-sponsored by the Forum for Contemporary Thought and the Faculty Senate. The first speaker, Brian Stock, a professor of history and literature at the University of Toronto, will talk about “Ethics and the Humanities: The Role of Reading Practices,” Sept. 30 in Wilson 402 at 4 p.m. The schedule is listed on the web site, http://www.virginia.edu/lectures/fct


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