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They taught me laughing to keep from crying

November 20, 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.


219 out of 250 available They taught me laughing to keep from crying Admission is on a first-come-first- served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.
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Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Eyes Wide Open, University of Sussex
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Kieron Cropper


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

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