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April 13, 2007

Experts speak about black Russia as part of African-American series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's African American Studies and Research Center is sponsoring "Engaging Black Russia" on April 26-27.

The event, Conversations of the Diaspora, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Allison Blakely, the George and Joyce Wein Professor of African American Studies and professor of European and comparative history at Boston University, will present the keynote address, "Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought," at 3:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Black Cultural Center. He is the author of a book by the same title.

Kara Lynch, assistant professor of video production and criticism at Hampshire College, will screen her film, "Black Russians," and lead a discussion from 4-7 p.m. on April 27 at the Black Cultural Center. "Black Russians" is a feature-length experimental documentary that investigates the lives of contemporary Afro-Russians ages 10-65, born and raised in the Soviet Union.

In addition to Conversations of the Diaspora, the African American Studies and Research Center sponsors the Harriet A. Jacobs Lecture Series in the Humanities and the Arts, W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series, Talkin' & Testifyin' Works-in-Progress Series, and Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy. The center also publishes a newsletter, called "Nommo: Power of the Word."

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Venetria Patton, director of African American Studies and Research, (765) 494-5680, vpatton@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Journalists interested in speaking with Allison Blakely or Kara Lynch can schedule a time from 10 a.m. to noon on April 27. For information, contact Matilda B. Stokes, administrative assistant for the African American Studies and Research Center, at (765) 494-5680.

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