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Diverse Dialogues Series presents Pero Dagbovie

Representations of African American history in U.S. politics and popular culture will the the focus of this round of Diverse Dialogues with Pero G. Dagbovie, on Thursday, JAN 18 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.

Dagbovie is professor of African American history and Associate Dean in The Graduate School at Michigan State University.

His research and teaching interests comprise a range time periods, themes, and topical specialties, including black intellectual history, the history of the black historical enterprise, black women’s history, black life during “the Nadir,” the civil rights-Black Power movement, African American Studies, hip hop culture, and contemporary black history.

Diverse Dialogues is an ongoing series offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center.

Kool Thing: Kim Gordon

Put on your dirty boots and get ready for Kim Gordon, the godmother of grunge and co-founding member of the legendary rock band, Sonic Youth (1981-2011).

Kansas Public Radio’s Laura Lorson will host this year’s 780s Series and visit with Gordon about her life, musical career, and what it was like to witness punk rock enter the music mainstream in the 1990s.

Our 780s Series is an annual event celebrating a notable life in music. In the Dewey Decimal system, 780 marks all things music, a literary reference to tie in our annual library speaker series that brings musicians to Lawrence to tell the stories that influenced their music. The 780s Series is made possible through a generous private donation from the Harrison Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, and in partnership with Eleven Productions Presents and The Lawrence Public Library Foundation.

Raven Book Store will be selling copies of Kim Gordon’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Girl In A Band, for a book signing at the conclusion of the evening’s event.

TUE | May 17 | 7:30 PM | Liberty Hall

Who is Kim Gordon?
Interview Magazine
Girl in A Band: A Memoir 
Official Sonic Youth website

PHOTO: David Black

Kim Gordon