Upcoming Big Read and WIM-N Film Festival Events in Newark
From the politics of hair to polyamory to the spoken word, John Cotton Dana Library celebrates Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones with free public events and film screenings
As a member institution of the Essex County Big Read Program, John Cotton Dana Library will collaborate with Women in Media–Newark’s eighth annual International Film Festival (March 28 through April 6) to present the Silver Sparrow Symposium comprised of the following events:
- “Hook Ups, Jump Offs, and Polyamory: Finding Love in a Social Networked World,” panel discussion. Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ. [Event Flyer PDF]
- Related film screening – Film shorts and feature length film Four Wives One Man, Friday, March 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
- Natural Hair Care Demonstration by Anu Prestonia founder of Khamit Kinks, Brooklyn, NY. Saturday, April 1, 1:00 p.m., Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University – Newark, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ. [Event Flyer PDF]
- “The Politics of Hair,” panel discussion with Anu Prestonia of Brooklyn’s Khamit Kinks, Jane Carter of the Jane Carter Solution, Farah J. Griffin of Columbia University, and Noliwe Rooks of Cornell University, author of Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women. Saturday, April 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m., Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ. [Event Flyer PDF]
- Related film screenings – Cream and The Fall, Saturday, April 1, 2017, 12:00 p.m.; In Our Heads about Our Hair, Saturday, April 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
- “The Ties that Bind: A Spoken Word Event,” spoken word artists focus on the relationships between fathers and daughters. This event is open to the Rutgers University–Newark and greater Newark community. Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m., Clement’s Place, Rutgers University–Newark, 15 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. [Event Flyer PDF]
“We are proud to partner again with the Women in Media–Newark Film Festival and delighted that this year we can incorporate events that explore themes related to Tayari Jones’s novel Silver Sparrow, the book selected for Essex County’s Big Read program,” said Consuella Askew, director of the Dana Library. “Libraries are by design culturally based organizations. We acquire and make accessible resources—not just books—that foster an informed citizenry in an increasingly global world. These partnerships enable us to connect with our community in an engaging and meaningful way."
For more Big Read events, please visit essexcountybigread.org/.
Additional events planned for the Women in Media–Newark International Film Festival include an opening ceremony on March 28 at Newark Public Library with the screening of Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee, a jazz concert by the Amina Figarova Band, and “Women In the World: A Visual Perspective,” an art exhibit at three locations featuring work by local women artists. For more information on the film festival, please visit WIM-N.com/.