Film director and writer, Justin Simien, visits Lafayette College Feb. 18-19 with "Dear White People" film screening, Q&A.Black Heritage Month continues at Lafayette College with an Easton community discussion, guest speakers, an art exhibit, and film screening. All events are free and open to the public.

Highlights include the critically acclaimed 2014 film, Dear White People, that will be screened 7-9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 in Colton Chapel, followed by a discussion with its visionary writer and director, Justin Simien. His two-day campus stay will include guest lectures in various classes on Thursday, Feb. 19. Simien won the Special Jury Prize in the dramatic category of directing at the 2014 Sundance Awards for Dear White People, his debut film. He was also named to Variety magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch” list in 2013.

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In addition, the Easton Area Boys and Girls Club and the Office of Intercultural Development at Lafayette is hosting “Easton Lives Matter: A Community Conversation,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall. Elected state and Easton officials, representatives from the Easton Police Department, local civic and religious leaders, Lafayette and Easton community members, and teenagers from the Boys and Girls Club will participate in a discussion about Ferguson and other similar incidents with a focus on localizing issues of police and community relations, gun violence, race and racism.


All upcoming Lafayette Black Heritage Month events:

  • Now through Feb. 20, From the Experimental Printmaking Institute Collection: A Selection of Works by Famous African-American Artists.
  • Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m., Kirby Hall of Civil Rights room 104: “The Ebola Nurse: Quarantining the African Virus.” Lawyer Steven J. Hyman ’62 will discuss his client Kaci Hickox, a nurse for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone.
  • Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Colton Chapel: Dear White People film screening and post-discussion with writer and director Justin Simien. Free and open to the public.
  • Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m., Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall, Boys and Girls Club of Easton co-hosts “Easton Lives Matter,” a community discussion with state and local elected officials, police departments.
  • Feb. 25, noon, Skillman Library Gendebein Room – “Doubly Marked in the American Empire,” presented by Rev. Shanell T. Smith, Ph.D., Hartford Seminary.

Black Heritage Month events at Lafayette are coordinated by the Office of Intercultural Development and are sponsored by the Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs, Association of Black Collegians, EPI, NIA multicultural women’s group, the offices of Gender & Sexuality and Religious & Spiritual Life, and the Department of Religious Studies. For more information, contact Intercultural Development at (610) 330-5320.


Photo: Justin Simien, director. Courtesy of Lafayette College.

Kristine Y. Todaro
Director of Special Projects & Media Relations
Communications Div.
Lafayette College
Easton, Pa. 18042
(610) 330-5119

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