2014 News Archive
University at Buffalo to Present Dr. Amin with Dean's Award
The University at Buffalo (SUNY) will present the 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award to Dr. Amin in recognition of her "unique contributions to service and scholarly research." Takiyah graduated from the institution in 2001 with a BA in Dance and was an active student leader during her tenure. To learn more about the University at Buffalo, click here.
Roundtable and Paper Presentation @ "Decentering Dance Studies"
In November 2013, The Congress on Research in Dance and the Society of Dance History Scholars will be hosting a historic joint conference that also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Amin will be featured at a roundtable discussing the relationship between dance and social justice and how anti-racist and feminist pedagogy figure into 21st century dance education. In addition, she will present her research in progress on African American Women Choreographers and Implications for contemporary Black women's activism on the panel, "Choreographing Revolution in the African Diaspora." For more information about the conference, click here.
White Privilege Roundtable @ Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference
Dr. Amin will participate in "White Boards, Black Erasers: Strategies for Dealing with White Privilege in the Classroom" a roundtable at the upcoming conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. Taken from their website, "the Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) aims to develop an approach to scholarship, institution building, and activism animated by the spirit of the decolonial, antiracist, and other global liberationist movements that enabled the creation of Ethnic Studies, and which continues to inform its political and intellectual projects." For more information about CESA and the conference, click here.
Dr. Amin Appointed Visiting Fellow; NEH Summer Institute @Harvard
Dr. Amin has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University and will participate in the 2013 National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on African American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights, July 1-26. The 2013 NEH Institute is part of an ongoing effort to provide for a deeper understanding of African American efforts to secure full citizenship and civil rights, and to situate that movement within the broader context of American history. For more information, click here.
Dr. Amin to Participate in 'World Theater' Seminar at Harvard's Mellon School
Dr. Amin was selected to attend a summer seminar on World Theater at the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University, June 3-14. The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research was founded to create a forum in which scholars in and around theater studies can gather to exchange ideas and research. The program offers faculty and advanced graduate students who study theater and performance the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field in an intensive two-week summer seminar. To learn more, click here.
Dr. Amin Awarded Faculty Research Grant from UNC Charlotte
Dr. Amin has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to support her book project on African American women in concert dance during the Black Arts Movement. Through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, UNC Charlotte sponsors an internal program designed to assist faculty in conducting well-defined, purposeful, new research or creative/scholarly activities.
Black Aesthetics in American Dance @ The Colorado College, Spring 2013
At the invitation of the department of Drama and Dance, Dr. Amin returns to the college to teach the course "Black Aesthetics in American Dance." The course explores the development of The Black Aesthetic from its genesis in cultural nationalist discourses of the Black Power/Black Arts Movement of the 1960's and 1970's in the U.S. and its subsequent impact on concert dance. The Colorado College, known affectionately as "CC" is a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, CO known for its "block plan" which divides the year into 8 terms known as blocks; students take a single class per block.
UNC Charlotte Hosts Urban Bush Women for 2013 BHM Kick Off
UNC Charlotte's Department of Dance will host renowned international dance company, Urban Bush Women for "Communication, Community Building and Social Justice Work Through Dance." This week long residency will include open technique classes, a pedagogy workshop, community dance class and a special conversation with UBW's artistic director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. UNC Charlotte students will perform Zollar's choreography, 'Walking with Pearl: Africa Diaries" in the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance Spring concert this coming March. For more information about this residency, click here. Supported by various campus units, this residency grew from the collective vision of Dr. Amin and her colleagues, Dr. Donna Dragon and Professor Kim Jones at UNC Charlotte.