As waves of one sea

As waves of one sea | University of Sussex

As Waves of One Sea is a series of three events devised especially for Being Human festival, beginning with They Taught Me Laughing To Keep From Crying (8pm 20 Nov) and followed by Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library (12.30pm 21 Nov) and a screening of Looking for Langston by Isaac Julien (8pm 21 Nov). All events take place at the Attenborough Centre.

Looking for Langston

A powerful, personal meditation on the life and loves of African American poet Langston Hughes by pioneering queer British auteur Isaac Julien, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Informed by the photographic art of James Van der Zee and Robert Mapplethorpe, Julien’s film explores the all-male homosexual underworld of black Harlem society from the 1920s to the 1950s and beyond.

After the screening, Isaac will join Langston Hughes expert Shima Jalal Kamali, Eyes Wide Open Cinema’s programmer Jacob Engelberg, and the organisers in a discussion and Q&A. Presented in association with Eyes Wide Open Cinema, Brighton’s queer film strand.


They Taught Me Laughing To Keep From Crying

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 traditional 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.


Treasures from the Rosey Pool Library

How much can you tell about a person by looking at their bookshelves?

The second event in our series exploring the University of Sussex’s Rosey Pool archive offers the opportunity to understand Rosey Pool’s interests, obsessions, and the field of African-American studies she pioneered. A series of short, spotlight, show-and-tell talks, each based on particularly important objects in Pool’s library, will be conducted by leading academics on topics including slave narratives, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, and the collector herself.

With Lonneke Geerlings, Shima Jalal Kamali, Professor Maria Lauret, and Dr Mike Rowland.