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W. E. B. Du Bois - A Biography in Four Voices

Directed by Louis Massiah.

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:15 p.m. in 26-100.

Glenn Ligon and Isaac Julien in Conversation

Discussion of Ligon's exhibition Skin Tight and Julien's film The Darker Side of Black.

List Visual Arts Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Bartos Theater.

By Scott C. Deskin

Award-winning filmmaker and producer Louis Massiah SM '82 will present an advance screening of his new documentary W. E. B. Du Bois - A Biography in Four Voices this Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. in Room 26-100. This film, which reflects upon the life of the African-American scholar and activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. The archival footage, interviews, and animated photographs and graphics examine Du Bois' involvement and leadership in key social and civil rights movements throughout the twentieth century (including his co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1910).

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Massiah, who will be joined by poet/journalist Thulani Davis and composer Dwight Andrews - people who were also involved in the film project. Massiah, who is a visiting artist at MIT from Dec. 46, describes the film as "a story-driven exploration of Dr. Du Bois' life" which is divided into four sections, chronicling his rise in American affairs in the late nineteenth century to his eventual move to Africa and his role in Africa's liberation movements. This free event is sponsored by the Committee on Campus Race Relations.

At the List Visual Arts Center on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., noted contemporary artist Glenn Ligon and prize-winning film director Isaac Julien will discuss their art and the issues it raises - masculinity, race, class, nationality, and object choices. Ligon, a New York-based artist and MIT artist-in-residence in September, used the standard form of the punching bag as a substitute for the opponent's body in his exhibit Skin Tight (on display at the List Center through Dec. 10). The evening begins with Julien's film The Darker Side of Black (1993), an examination of the darker side of contemporary black music and popular culture through the social and political influences of hip-hop and dance-hall music on fans, critics, and society as a whole. The event is free and open to the public.