Reggae music documentary and Kwane Dawes lecture on Feb. 15 are part of campus's Black History Month series

February 6, 2007


DEARBORN / Feb. 7, 2007---Prize-winning poet and literary critic Kwane Dawes will discuss “Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius, World Music Icon” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 in Room 1030 of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Prior to Dawes’ presentation, the university will screen the reggae music documentary “The Harder They Come…” at noon in Room 1030, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

The screening and lecture, which are free and open to the public, are part of the campus’s Black History Month series.

Dawes is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina and director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, a statewide organization that works with libraries, museums, schools, colleges and community organizations to promote and celebrate the reading, writing and performing of poetry in South Carolina.

In addition to many other publications, Dawes edited an anthology of reggae poetry called Wheel and Come Again. He also is author of a critical examination of reggae music and literature titled Natural Mysticism: Towards a Reggae Aesthetic. In 2001, he edited a special issue of Obsidian III called "Catch A Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Jamaican Writing."  In December 2002, Dawes published a study titled Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius.

Dawes’ visit and the film screening are jointly sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s African and African American Studies Program, the Center for Arab American Studies, the Student Activities Office and the Black Student Union.

For more information, contact Prof. Gloria House, director of the African and African American Studies Program, at 313-593-5366.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.


CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn