"Direct Descendant in the Archives—A Scholarly and Emotional African American Family History": reading by Sheri Parks
Sheri Parks will discuss and read from her autobiography in-progress, which explores her roots through North Carolina back to Africa.
This event is part of the 2018 Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium, Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice, in which practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence.
Sheri Parks is associate professor of American Studies and immediate past Associate Dean for Research. She is also the Founding Director of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She will be reading from her autobiography in-progress, which explores her roots through North Carolina back to Africa.
The Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Ida Beam Visiting Professorships Program, the Provost’s Global Forum International Programs grant, the UI Center for Human Rights, Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, the UI School of Music, UI Libraries-Special Collections, the UI Department of History, and the UI Department of Cinematic Arts.