Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

They taught me laughing to keep from crying

20 November, 2017, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


From deep in the vaults of the University of Sussex, voices whisper stories – speaking of rivers and the Black Atlantic, singing of jazz and Harlem and the African American literary renaissance.

Drawing on the University of Sussex’s archives, this event explores Dutch academic Rosey Pool’s exceptional life and her relationships with prominent black writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Part talk, part experimental performance, join Doug Haynes, Diarmuid Hester, Joanna Pawlik and celebrated performance artist Harold Offeh as they bring to life the University’s rich archival holdings in African American culture in unique and inspiring ways.

This event is part of the series As waves of one sea.
For event information, please contact Doug Haynes at d.e.haynes@sussex.ac.uk.

In partnership with

Contact email address

Booking required?

Kieron Cropper

Book your tickets

Who's Attending

110 people are attending They taught me laughing to keep from crying

  • Maria Ray
  • Mark Mason
  • Rose Lock
  • Laurence Hill
  • Rebecca Groves
  • Molly-Ann Basterfield
  • Lonneke Geerlings
  • Ed Hogan
  • Millie Burgh
  • Maria Menezes
  • Mark Dishman
  • Ella Asheri
  • Paige Bowry
  • Haley Moyse Fenning
  • david bramwell
  • Toshifumi Morinaga
  • Eddie Toomer-McAlpine
  • Laura Harper
  • Shannan Stafford
  • Sam Nesbit
  • Jasmine Mirfattah
  • Joe Goff
  • Ben Highmore
  • Karen Boswall
  • Gavin Butt
  • Eleshea Williams
  • William Doheny
  • Matthew McConkey
  • Ben Fowler
  • arabella stanger
  • Lifan SU
  • Prof. Maria Roth-Lauret
  • Gerhard Wolf
  • Jamila Prowse
  • Emily Oldham
  • Georgina McLaughlin
  • Louise Jennett
  • Wenjie
  • Jintana Malisueng
  • Grace Marshall
  • Charlotte Clark
  • Shalini Sengupta
  • Ben Burbridge
  • eoin brophy
  • Georgina Mind
  • Harriet Barratt
  • Kadri-Ann Kallas
  • Ketan Jandoo
  • annabel haynes
  • Rianna Fleming
  • Fatima Hasan
  • Load all attendees


Tickets are not available as this event has passed.


20 November, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Description for print
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Eyes Wide Open, University of Sussex
Is booking required?
Kieron Cropper


Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Gardner Centre Road
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RA United Kingdom
Accessibility information