Since early November 2015, artists Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus, co-founders of the collective Free Black Dirt, current Givens Foundation Cultural Producers-in-Residence, and hosts of the Givens podcast Black Market Reads, have been exploring the archives of the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota as artists-in-residence with the Coffee House Press In The Stacks program.
Petrus and Sharkey were invited to be among the first users of Umbra: Search African American History (umbrasearch.org), a new digital tool dedicated solely to African American history and culture. Developed by the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota in partnership with Penumbra Theatre Company, Umbra brings together the world’s most extensive digital collection of African American history, including materials from over 500 archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions.
Sharkey and Petrus will present an interactive and dynamic recap of their findings and learnings. Their presentation will be followed by a panel conversation featuring Cecily Marcus, Curator of the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota, Tana Hargest, Executive Director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, and Jay Peterson of Coffee House Press.
This event is free and open to the public.
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