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A Discussion with Professor and Scholar Ruth Wilson at Museum on Main

March 10, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join us at the Museum on Main on March 10th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm for “A Discussion With… Professor and Scholar Ruth Wilson.” Sit surrounded by the museum’s current exhibit, “Black and White in Black in White,” which displays John Johnson’s photography of the African American community in Lincoln, Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century. Professor Wilson will discuss the history and importance of the New Negro Movement—an underappreciated moment in American History which was eloquently captured in Johnson’s images. Professor Wilson will also be discussing how the New Negro Movement laid the foundation for the better-known Harlem Renaissance, famed for producing composer Duke Ellington and writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

Ruth P. Wilson is Professor and Chair of African-American Studies at San Jose State University. She graduated with honors from Oakes College (1975) at the University of California in Santa Cruz and received her M. A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Stanford University. Prior to Dr. Wilson’s arrival at San Jose State University, she taught undergraduate and graduate students at Southern Methodist University, Rutgers University, and medical students at the Sophie Davis School of Medicine of the City University of New York. She had a six-year appointment at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia where she provided technical assistance to CDC’s national public health programs, the United States Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF.

As a consultant, Wilson provides training, program evaluation and assessments to local, national and international non-profit organizations. As a professor at San Jose State Dr. Wilson has taught African American Studies and has helped her students develop a wealth of knowledge about African Americans’ impact on many facets of American and international cultures through music, dance, and the arts. Her discussion at the museum will focus on the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on American culture and the arts, and how it changed social and political dynamics among American ethnic groups.

A Discussion with… professor and scholar Ruth Wilson is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required as seats are extremely limited. Please call the museum at (925) 462-2766 to reserve your spot. At 5:30pm, after each of the presentations, there will be a public reception with refreshments and wine. Professor Wilson will be available to answer questions throughout the reception which goes until 6:30pm. The presentation and reception will be held at the Museum on Main located at 603 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566.

This program is done in conjunction with the Museum on Main’s current exhibit “Black and White in Black and White Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America” which displays a selection of John Johnson’s photographs of Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Museum on Main’s lecture series entitled “A Discussion with..”

The “A Discussion with…” lecture series aims to provide attendees with a more intimate space to learn from and share with speakers. For more information about the “A Discussion with…” series and Museum on Main programs visit our website at www.museumonmain.org.



March 10, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Museum on Main
603 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566 United States
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