BLACK MAN OF HAPPINESS PROJECT

BLACK MAN OF HAPPINESS PROJECT

LOCATION: BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TIME: 3:30PM
PANEL SYNOPSIS: Black Man of Happiness: What is a Happy Black Man? 
Peter J. Harris, award-winning poet and founding director of the Black Man of Happiness Project, moderates a conversation with scholar-artists, Adilifu Nama (LMU), Valorie Thomas (Pomona College), and Douglas Kearney (CalArts) that focuses on an elemental American quest: the pursuit of happiness, yet invents a new angle on our human vitality, unreels suppressed voices, and helps nurture an unheard and rich new language of joy.

PETER J. HARRIS - MODERATOR

Peter J. Harris
Founder and Artistic Director of Inspiration House; since the 1970s, has published his poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications; worked as a publisher, journalist, editor and broadcaster; and been an educator, and workshop leader for adults and adolescents. He is founder of The Black Man of Happiness Project, a creative, intellectual and artistic exploration seeking to answer one elemental question: What is a happy Black man? 





Email: peter@inspirationcrib.com
Website: http://www.inspirationcrib.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1427547031&ref=tn_tnmn

PANEL

Valorie D. Thomas

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English at Pomona College. Recent publications: "THE BREAK" in BLACK COOL: ONE THOUSAND STREAMS OF BLACKNESS edited by Rebecca Walker."

EMAIL: vthomas@pomona.edu
TWITTER: @valoriedthomas
WEB: http://english.pomona.edu/people/valorie-thomas/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valorie.thomas1

Adilifu Nama

Associate Professor and current chair of the African American Studies Department at LMU. Author of Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes and Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film.

Email: anama@lmu.edu
Website: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/excerpts/exnamblk.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adilifu-Nama/89579867324

Douglas Kearney

Teaches in Ca Arts' and Antioch MFA programs. Author of The Black Automaton (poetry), Fear, Some (poetry), SkinMag (poetry chapbook), and Quantum Spit (poetry chapbook).

Email: douglas@douglaskearney.com
Website: douglaskearney.com &
http://directory.calarts.edu/directory/douglas-kearney
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/douglas.kearney?ref=ts