The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will offer its third program for the fall on cultural discourse in the arts and humanities under the rubric of "Museum After Hours" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, featuring a discussion of the recently published, "Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language and Race in the U.S.," a book by linguists H. Samy Alim and Geneva Smitherman.

The event is part of a series of films, colloquia and community activities offered for the general public, students, faculty and staff of South Carolina State University.

"Articulate While Black" explores the various ways in which language, culture, race and identity may be interrelated in people's awareness and understanding. The project is an experiment in collaborative discourse on issues in cultural literacy, which was generated between faculty members at South Carolina State University and Claflin University with the intent to establish an opportunity for exchange with educators within the public school system.

The idea for a public discussion of the text is an outgrowth of Claflin's Writing Across the Disciplines discussion group precipitated in part by Claflin faculty member and S.C. State alumna, sociologist Dr. Alison McLetchie, who collaborated with S.C. State faculty member Frank Martin, interim director of the I. P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium. Martin and McLetchie invited faculty members of both institutions and S.C. State alumnus educator Christopher Omari Fox to deconstruct the Alim/Smitherman text for the benefit of students and the general public.

This collaborative, inter-institutional and interdepartmental endeavor will offer short presentations on each chapter of "Articulate While Black" by faculty from differing disciplines as follows: The introduction and discussion of Chapter 1 will be presented by Martin in the History of Art with training in aesthetics, critical theory and philosophy; Chapter 2 will be assessed by Dr. Hershell Nikki Proctor Walden, assistant professor of English, Claflin; Chapter 3 will be discussed by Dr. Tom Cassidy, professor of English, S.C. State; Chapter 4 will be presented by Fox, art educator in the Swansea Public School System and graduate of S.C. State with a degree in sociology and a degree from Benedict College in art education; Chapter 5 will be analyzed by Dr. Heather Bluffington-Anderson, assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology, Claflin; and the concluding segment from Chapter 6 will be presented by Dr. Yvonne Sims, professor of English, Department of Modern Languages, S.C. State.

This program is part of a collaborative effort between the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium with the Miller F. Whittaker Library, and is sponsored in part by Kappa Pi Honorary Arts Fraternity at S.C. State, the Visual Poets of S.C. State and the Pharos Institute: A Community Project for Discourse in the Arts & Among Artists.

The discussion is free and open to the general public.

For additional information, call Brenda Miller of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at 803-536-7174.

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