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January 2020

Workshop with DJ Lynnée Denise

January 16, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Hands-on opportunities to DJ with access to controls and turntables. Open decks will be hosted where mixing, blending and critical listening practices will be sharpened. Equipment will be provided, no experience necessary. Location Harmony House

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Artist Talk with DJ Lynnée Denise

January 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lynnée Denise was shaped as a DJ by her parent’s record collection. She’s an artist, scholar, and writer whose work reflects on underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora. Lynnée Denise coined the phrase ‘DJ Scholarship’ to reposition the role of the DJ from a party purveyor to an archivist, cultural custodian and information specialist of music with critical value. Equipment will be provided, no experience necessary. Location Harmony House

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CAF and SIPA Informational Session

January 24, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Community Arts Fellows (CAF) have the opportunity to spend a summer working full time in the areas of curating, presenting, outreach and/or arts education with a focus on racial/social justice issues. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad. CAF fellows work with an arts organization or a community-based organization using the arts to further racial/social justice. With the help of IDA staff, CAF Fellows will determine a course of research and preparation for their summer learning experience. The Summer…

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Poetry and Writing Workshop with Safia Elhillo

January 24, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Writing Workshop with Safia Elhillo, a Sudanese-American poet known for her written and spoken poetry. She is the author of The January Children, recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. She is a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and holds an MFA from The New School. Safia Elhillo will be hosting a writing workshop at the Harmony House and a performance later that evening at 576…

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Safia Elhillo’s Poetry Performance

January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet known for her written and spoken poetry. She is the author of The January Children, recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. She is a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and holds an MFA from The New School. Safia Elhillo will be hosting a writing workshop at the Harmony House earlier in the day followed by a poetry performance later…

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DJ Lynnée Denise Presents:  Black To Techno and the Black Music 80’s

January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 A Public conversation and performative lecture Location Black Community Services Center

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Poetry Workshop with Charif Shanahan

January 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry/SIU Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award.  He is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Shanahan’s poems appear in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, PBS NewsHour, Poem-A-Day of the Academy of American…

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February 2020

Poetry Workshop with Monica Sok

February 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of Year Zero, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She teaches poetry to Southeast Asian youths at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants and Banteay Srei in Oakland, California. Her debut poetry collection A Nail the Evening Hangs On is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in February 2020.…

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Storytelling Workshop with Sterling HolyWhiteMountain

February 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwest Montana. His work has appeared in volumes 1 and 2 of Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century American Indian and Indigenous Writers, Montana Quarterly, and ESPN.com. For the past four years he has directed the writing center at Blackfeet Community College. Location Harmony House

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March 2020

DJ Lynnée Denise in Conversation with Fredara HADLEY Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age and Beyond

March 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Fredara Hadley is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin. Professor Hadley is involved with the Society of Ethnomusicology, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and Experience Music Project's Popular Music Conference. She is also the founder of Jooksi, a company that provides music education and music-based walking tours of New York City. Location Sweet Hall Conference, Room 020

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