"Way Out of No Way" Humanities Series with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Dana Livermore
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WAY OUT OF NO WAY  HUMANITIES SERIES 2022: Dr. Mark Anthony Neal with Dr. Karla FC Holloway and Nnenna Freelon

NorthStar Church of the Arts presents the first in our Way Out of No Way series with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at NorthStar Church of the Arts.

Dr. Neal will present a Left of Black episode in conversation with Dr. Karla FC Holloway, author of Death in Harlem and critically acclaimed jazz singer, Nnenna Freelon, whose new release Time Traveler is GRAMMY-nominated for this year’s Best Jazz Vocal Album.

All events are free and open to the public. Due to the rise in COVID cases, this event will now be live streamed ONLY. Registrants (including anyone who previously registered for in-person) will receive a link to the live stream via email. 

Registration: bit.ly/NorthStarWON22

About Northstar 2022 Way Out Of No Way Humanities Series 

Eight community engagement presentations from January to August 2022 will include lectures, literary readings, and panel discussions on a variety of topics linked by an overarching theme of creativity in making a Way Out of No Way. The series is co-curated by noted local African American scholars and is made possible in part by the generous support of the NC Humanities Council. 

Described as a willingness to press on through difficult circumstances even when the outlook is decidedly bleak, this 8-month celebration of resilience, creativity, advocacy, and determination is in the African American tradition of way-making. Evidence of way-making can be observed in both historic and modern narratives of struggle and triumph. Black American victory stories are more often than not, woven with threads of resistance-thinking and creative workarounds.  Embedded history of enslavement, bigotry, and racism as well as institutionalized forms of marginalization have encouraged way-making strategies as a means of survival.

About Mark Anthony Neal, Ph.D. 

Mark Anthony Neal, creator and host of Left of Black, a weekly video podcast produced by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies and Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, with signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition. Neal co-teaches The History of Hip-Hop with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit). He is the author of several books including the new release, Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Musical Archive, expected March 2022.

About Karla FC Holloway, Ph.D.

Karla FC Holloway, is the James B. Duke Emerita Professor of English, African-American Studies, and Professor of Law at Duke University. Her classrooms and scholarship are focused on literature, law, and bioethics. In 2017, she turned her full attention to writing fiction and published debut literary fiction, A Death In Harlem (2019) and her anticipated second novel, Gone Missing in Harlem (2021).

About Nnenna Freelon 

Multi GRAMMY® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is known worldwide as a compelling and captivating live performer. In collaboration with WUNC Radio, Nnenna has a new music forward podcast called Great Grief and a new GRAMMY-nominated recording entitled, Time Traveler.

NorthStar received an American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant from North Carolina Humanities, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act economic stabilization plan.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series, do not necessarily represent those of North Carolina Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More Information
Way Out Of No Way Poster with Mark Anthony Neal
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
North Star Church of the Arts
Event Co-Sponsors
John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Left Of Black