Bucks Live! Speaker Series Presents ‘Harlem Renaissance’
Join Professor Margaret Montet Thu. Feb. 15 as she takes you through the rebirth of the city-within-a-city from the 1920s through the Great Depression
Bucks County Community College, which has been expanding the cultural knowledge of the region for more than 50 years, invites the public to “Harlem Renaissance” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15 as part of the Bucks Live! speaker series.
In celebration of Black History Month, Professor Margaret Montet takes you on a visual and auditory tour of how African American culture flourished in Harlem between World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression.
Learn about the exciting music, art, literature, and dance of 1920s Harlem in this multimedia and multidisciplinary presentation. This city-within-a-city saw the likes of Duke Ellington, Aaron Douglas, the Nicholas Brothers, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes make a name for themselves at venues like the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. This movement soon went mainstream, influencing American culture at large.
Montet (pictured), who holds a master’s degree in library science, is a librarian at Bucks where she uses the newest technology for engaging presentations to teach information literacy skills to students and faculty. She’s also a creative nonfiction writer who explores topics that make life interesting – travel, food, music, and learning – and holds an MFA in creative writing from Cedar Crest College. Montet started playing the clarinet at age 10 and has been devoted to music ever since.
“Harlem Renaissance” takes place in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, located inside the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired. Admission and parking are free.
Bucks Live! invites the public to two more events for Black History Month. Movie Mondays presents the 2008 film “A Raisin in the Sun” at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Monday, February 19. Admission is free. And acclaimed vocalist Keith Spencer performs “The Paul Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 23. Tickets are $15 including a preconcert VIP reception, or $10 for general admission. To purchase, visit www.bucks.edu/tickets.
“Harlem Renaissance” is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee. The next event in the free Speaker Series is “Lilana Velasquez: Dreams & Nightmares” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.