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Africana Studies marks 10th anniversary of colloquium

Religion and culture among African people will be the topic of the 10th annual Africana Studies Research Colloquium on March 14.

Papers on historical, cultural and intellectual issues of people of African descent will be presented from 9:30-11:45 a.m., with guest panelists speaking from 10:30-11:45. The guests include Drs. Zachary Williams, Akron University; Robert Smith, University of North Carolina; Babacar M’Baye, Kent State, and Seneca Vaught, Niagara University.

China Galland, acclaimed author and professor-in-residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., will give the keynote address at the colloquium luncheon.

Her free, 12:15 p.m. talk, “The Black Madonna in Europe,” will be held in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The East Texas native, author of Love Cemetery and other books, teaches, lectures and leads retreats nationally and internationally on religion, race and reconciliation.

The cost of the 11:45 a.m. Greek-cuisine luncheon is $8.75 or $7.65 for the vegetarian option. R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 10, to Mary Wrighten at 2-7897 or (Note: The deadline has been extended from that originally announced.)

Dianne Reeves to sing in Festival Series appearance

Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will perform at 8 p.m. March 14 in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

The performance is part of the College of Musical Arts' 2007-08 Festival Series and is supported in part by University President Sidney A. Ribeau.

Reeves' virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz styling have made her one of the most sought-after jazz artists today. She was awarded a Grammy for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for each of her last three recordings.

Her singing draws upon a world of influences and, like Billie Holiday, Reeves is tied to a powerful storytelling instinct. She is known for her beautiful voice and mastery of jazz timing, inflection and interpretation. 

Reeves has captured a large following and high critical acclaim throughout the world since signing with Blue Note/ EMI label. She has recorded with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and been a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Appointed creative chair of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she has also made her mark in Hollywood by appearing in George Clooney's “Good Night and Good Luck” and on “Sex and the City.”

Assisting Reeves in her performance will be pianist Geoffrey Keezer, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.

Advance tickets are $30, $25 and $18. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the concert for $33, $28 and $21. For more information, call the box office weekdays from noon-6 p.m. at 2-8171.

March 3, 2008