Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Connecting “Kongo Across the Waters” to New Orleans: UNO Researchers and Graduate Students Join NOMA Symposium

Connecting "Kongo Across the Waters"Connecting "Kongo Across the Waters" to New Orleans:
University of New Orleans scholars and graduate students will join with local colleagues to discuss new approaches to the long history of connections between New Orleans and Central Africa this Saturday at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).

University of New Orleans scholars and graduate students will join with local colleagues to discuss new approaches to the long history of connections between New Orleans and Central Africa this Saturday at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA).

Join Us!

Connecting "Kongo Across the Waters" to New Orleans: A Symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Attendees who register at the door will also be granted free same-day admission to the “Kongo Across the Waters” exhibition.

Refreshments will be served between the two panels and at the conclusion of the event.

For more information contact: Andrea Mosterman, amosterm@uno.edu or James Mokhiber,jmokhibe@uno.edu 

The symposium, coordinated in part by the University of New Orleans, is associated with the groundbreaking “Kongo Across the Waters” exhibition, which will appear at NOMA through May 25. The exhibition was organized the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren, Belgium and the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, and features 160 rarely-seen objects from the RMCA collection. “Kongo Across the Waters” explores connections between the art and culture of the Kongo peoples of western Central Africa and African American art and culture in the United States.

Selected speakers for the two-panel symposium include UNO Anthropology Professor Ryan Gray, UNO History Professor James Mokhiber, UNO Professor Andrea Mosterman, independent scholar Freddi Evans, Loyola University History Professor Nikki Eggers, independent scholar Luther Gray, and a panel of UNO graduate students: Jason Bordelon, Natalie Ducote, Kevin McQueeney, Emily Nuttli, Camille Perkins, Judy Pinter, Brett Spencer, Ted Tindell, and Travis Waguespack.

The symposium is free and open to the public.  By special arrangement with NOMA, symposium attendees who register at the door will also be granted free same-day admission to the “Kongo Across the Waters” exhibition. Doors to the museum open at 10:00 am and symposium attendees may wish to visit the exhibition in advance of the symposium itself.  Refreshments will be served between the two panels and at the conclusion of the event. 

The event is co-sponsored by NOMA, the University of New Orleans Department of History, the Carl E. Muckley, Jr. Bequest and the Ethel and Herman Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.

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