Salon with Howard Dodson and James Early
14th & V | Langston | May 29,2012 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Busboys and Poets presents a conversation with Howard Dodson and James Early! 

About our speakers 

Howard Dodson,  Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries.

Howard Dodson is the Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries. He recently served as the Chief of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library from 1984-2010, where he curated exhibitions, produced humanities and performing arts programs and developed the Schomburg Center into the premier public research library in the world devoted to documenting the global black experience.

Prior to assuming his position at the Schomburg Center, Mr. Dodson served as a consultant in the Office of the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. He also served in a number of capacities at the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, GA, including Executive Director from 1974-1979.

Mr. Dodson served as Chair of the Federal Steering Committee for the African Burial Ground and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. He was a member of the President's Commission on the National Museum of African American History and Culture and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theater and serves on the Scientific and Technical Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

Mr. Dodson's publications include Jubilee: The Emergence of African American CultureIn Motion: The African American Migration Experience and Becoming American: The African American Journey.

James Early , Director Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

James Early has served in various positions at the Smithsonian, including Assistant Provost for Educational and Cultural Programs, and Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service. Prior to his work with the Smithsonian, Early was a humanist-administrator at the National Endowment for the Humanities; producer, writer, and host of "Ten Minutes Left," a weekly radio segment of cultural, educational, and political interviews and commentary at WHUR-FM radio, Howard University; and a research associate for programs and documentation at the Howard University Institute for the Arts and Humanities. He is a long-time advocate and activist for cultural diversity and equity issues in national and international cultural and educational institutions, and has explored the implications of culture, ethnicity, nationality, capitalism and socialism in constructions of statecraft and democratic institutions. The main focus of his professional work is cultural democracy and development of cultural heritage policy. His service on boards includes the International Network for Cultural Diversity, TransAfrica Forum, the Institute for Policy Studies, FundaciĆ³n Amistad, and Telesur. He has done graduate work (A.B.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in African and African American history, at Howard University.

Free and open to all 

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