Indiana writers and artists have a rich legacy of expressing the political and social ideas of their time. This multimedia presentation by Lasana Kazembe, Ph.D., explores how artists – from Hoosier poets to visual and performing artists – have represented the new urban industrial reality that developed in the Midwest and addressed social disillusionment across urban, rural and suburban lines.
The session examines the lives, art and ideas of four famous Hoosiers: Mari Evans, Etheridge Knight, Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery. Through their work, these artists also were responsible for bringing the collective thoughts, sensibilities, and folk wisdom of Indiana and the Midwest into the broader landscape of American artistic and intellectual traditions.
Dr. Kazembe is an assistant professor at IUPUI, where he holds an appointment in the School of Education (Department of Urban Teacher Education) and a courtesy appointment in the Africana Studies Program. He is a published poet, educational consultant and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Global Black Arts Movements and Urban Education. His latest book, Keeping Peace: Reflections on Life, Legacy, Commitment and Struggle, was published in 2018 by Third World Press Foundation.
Part of the Indiana Humanities INseparable Speakers Bureau
This program was made possible with the support of Indiana Humanities
The Indiana Humanities INseparable Speakers Bureau is a curated list of informative presentations, discussions and workshops by Indiana scholars to help Hoosiers understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences.