UK Common Reading Experience Faculty Lecture: Monica Blackmun Visona on the Arts in Sierra Leone

A Long Way Gone bookcoverThis just in from Annie Kelly, Assistant Director of New Student & Parent Programs:

The Common Reading Experience Program invites the University of Kentucky’s students, faculty and staff to participate in the first of three Common Reading Experience Faculty Lectures this semester.

Dr. Monica Blackmun Visonà, an art historian in the UK School of Art & Visual Studies, will present “The Arts and Community Healing in Sierra Leone,” on Wednesday, September 24th, 4-5pm, W.T. Young Library Auditorium.

Monica Blackmun Visona

Dr. Monica Blackmun Visonà, Associate Professor of Art History, College of Fine Arts; Faculty Director of the Undergraduate Certificate of Global Studies

Ismael Beah’s book, A Long Way Gone, describes a nation torn by the cruelty of individuals as well as by the rapacious demands of international commerce. Similar conflicts provoked by foreign exploitation of the region and its resources began when the first Portuguese ships snatched local men and women from its beaches in order to sell them into slavery about six centuries ago.

Yet this talk will not focus upon the suffering of Sierra Leone and its neighbors, but upon the strategies local people have developed to build social cohesion, and to reconcile communities faced with horrific problems. Through performances drawing upon artworks, music, and dance, individuals and groups have forged new bonds.

Sponsored by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs in Student Affairs.

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