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Black Womanhood Symposium

Hood Quarterly, summer 2008

On April 12, the exhibition Black Womanhood inspired yet another excellent Hood symposium in Loew Auditorium, featuring papers by established scholars Deborah King (Dartmouth College), Cynthia Becker (Boston University), and Oyeronke Oyewumi (SUNY-Stony Brook) that revealed the complex issues surrounding the representation and selfpresentation of African and black women through the arts. Four artists whose work is featured in the exhibition, Hassan Musa, Sokari Douglas Camp, Joyce Scott, and Zanele Muholi, gave wonderfully personal and deeply moving testimonies about the place of black womanhood in their own lives and work.

The symposium ended with a joyous performance by Dartmouth’s Gospel Choir in final tribute to Ghanaian-Scottish artist Maud Sulter, who passed away at the age of forty-seven on February 27 after a long illness. Sulter’s contemplative work Terpsichore graces the cover of the Black Womanhood catalogue.

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