Martha Hill reviewed in Dance Teacher magazine

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance, by Janet Mansfield Soares,  was reviewed in the February issue of Dance Teacher magazine.

“In a nutshell: A lively portrait of Martha Hill’s formative role in modern dance in the United States. Martha Hill’s story as a catalyst in the development of American contemporary dance is often overshadowed by the likes of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. But author Janet Mansfield Soares does justice to the often unsung heroine by shedding light on her struggles and dedication to turning the artform into a serious area of study.”

­­–Dance Teacher, February 2010

Announcing Support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Wesleyan University Press received a $50,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, to support publication of five books in 2010, as part of a new series.

The grant includes fuding for four distinct types of poetry book, including second books and translations, and for a book in any genre by a Connecticut author. Together the books will be known as the “The Driftless Series.” Driftless books for 2010 will include: Exposition Park by Roberto Tejada, Rococo and Other Worlds by Afzal Ahmed Syed, translated by Musharraf Farooqi, Elegguas by Kamau Brathwaite, A Spicing of Birds: Poems for Birders by Emily Dickinson, selected and introduced by Josephine Miles Schuman and Joanna Bailey Hodgman and Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life by Douglas M. Knight, Jr.

The Driftless Series is funded by the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Martha Hill reviewed in Back Stage

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance, by Janet Mansfield Soares, was reviewed in Back Stage magzine.

“One of the finest dance biographies I have ever read, Soares’ work represents the perfect blend of colorful and pertinent factual details and larger contextualizing ideas. I was amazed at how quickly I whizzed through the lengthy volume and how much I learned about a topic with which I was already very familiar. If you know little about Hill and modern dance, this book will introduce you to fascinating information. If you know quite a bit about the subject, it will captivate you even more.” -Lisa Jo Sagolla, Back Stage

Upcoming Talks by Jeffrey B. Perry / “A Hubert Harrison Reader”

Upcoming Talks by Jeffrey B. Perry, editor of “A Hubert Harrison Reader”

January 27, 2010
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., Jeffrey B. Perry will offer a slide presentation/​talk on “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918” for AFSCME District Council 37, 125 Barclay St., New York. Contact person Ken Nash.

January 29, 2010
Friday, 1:00 PM, Jeffrey B. Perry will speak on “The Importance of Hubert Harrison (1883-1927): ‘The Voice of Harlem Radicalism’ and Intellectual/​Activist ‘Ahead of His Time'” at the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, HSSB 4041, University of California — Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California. Contact person Nelson Lichtenstein.

February 3, 2010
Wednesday, 12 noon, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, 104 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138. Contact persons Vera Ingrid Grant and Professors Francis Abiola Irele, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr..

February 5, 2010
Friday, 10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m., Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, NJ 02138. Contact person Carol Anderson.,%202010

February, 10, 2010
Wednesday, 6 P.M., Maplewood Public Library, 51 Baker St., Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Contact person Timur Davis.

February 11, 2010
Thursday, 1:300 PM, Jeffrey B. Perry discusses “Hubert Harrison:’The Voice of Harlem Radicalism’ and Theodore W. Allen, author of ‘The Invention of the White Race'” with host Trevor Jones, at the Bronx Public Library, Grand Concourse Branch, NYPL 155 E. 173rd St., Bronx, NY.

February 12, 2010
Friday, 7:00 p.m., Talk and Slide Presentation on Hubert Harrison. Hosted by Central Unitarian Church, 156 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ. Contact Sally Gellert.

February 16, 2010
Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918,” at the College Library, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY. Hosted by Professor Stacy K. Sewell and Friends of the Library.

February 16, 2010 tentative
Tuesday, 7 pm at Sarah Lawrence College Black Power Studies Symposium Panel: Groundwork: Patrick Jones, Father Groppi and the Milwaukee Black Power; Peter Levy, Gloria Richardson and the Cambridge Movement; Jeffrey B. Perry, Hubert Harrison; Minka Minkalani, African Blood Brotherhood. Host Komozi Woodard.

February 18, 2010
Thursday, 7:00 PM, “A Talk on Hubert Harrison,” Event hosted by The Lawrenceville Black Alumni Association and the Lawrenceville Club of New York at The Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th St., New York, NY, 10036. Contact persons John E. Gore, Courtney Hodock, and Steve Cushmore

February 23, 2010
Tuesday, 2:15 P.M. — 3:30 PM, Brooklyn College Black History Month presentation on “Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918”. Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, The ERIS Program, The Center for Diversity and The Wolfe Institute. Room 150, Woody Tanger Auditorium, Library, First Floor, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY. Contact person Joe Wilson.

February 27, 2010
Saturday, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Talk/​Slide Presentation on Hubert Harrison. Hosted by Racial and Ethnic Concerns Group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Contact persons Lynne Anderson and David Slavin.

February 28, 2010
Sunday, 1:00 PM, Talk/​Slide Presentation on Hubert Harrison. Hosted by Atlanta Freethought Society, 4775 North Church Lane, SE, Smyrna, Georgia, 30080. Contact persons Steve Yothment and Judy Thompson.

April 10, 2010
Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Slide Presentation/​Talk on Hubert Harrison at Rockland Community College, Spring Valley Extension Center, NY. Contact people and sponsoring organizations Jamila Shabazz Brathwaite, Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, Dr. Stella Marrs, Marc Pessin, Rockland County Human Rights Commission, and Cejjes Institute.