From deep in the vaults of the University of Sussex, voices whisper stories – speaking of rivers and the Black Atlantic, singing of jazz and Harlem and the African American literary renaissance.
Drawing on the University of Sussex’s Rosey Pool collection, this event explores Dutch academic Rosey Pool’s exceptional life and her relationships with prominent black writers like Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, crime writer Chester Himes, and poet and playwright Owen Dodson. Part traditional talk, part experimental performance, join Doug Haynes, Diarmuid Hester, Joanna Pawlik and celebrated performance artist Harold Offeh as they bring to life the University of Sussex’s rich archival holdings in African American culture in unique and inspiring ways.
They Taught Me Laughing To Keep From Crying is the first of three events devised especially for Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities and is followed by Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library (12.30pm 21 Nov) and a screening of Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (7.30pm 21 Nov), introduced by the director, and with a Q&A following, which also take place at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. It builds on the success of Radical America: Afterlives’ previous contribution to the Being Human festival, The Art of Lying: Who is Harvey Matusow?, which was featured on BBC Radio and ITV News.
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Monday 20 November, 20178:00pm