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Faculty and Graduate Student Accomplishments: Oct. 31, 2014

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Dr. Amara Solari, assistant professor of art history and anthropology, presented a lecture, “The Victorious Virgin: Diseased Divinity in 17th-Century Yucat√°n,” to the Department of the History of Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, October 2014.

Alphonso Grant, Ph.D. candidate in Art Education, participated as a panelist in the Black Beauty Colloquium on Saturday, October 18, at the Nittany Lion Inn. The event was an opportunity for members of the Penn State community to have frank and productive conversations about Black beauty. Grant was a member of the panel titled “The Blacker the Berry.” The colloquium sponsors intended the event as an opportunity to consider ways in which skin color, attire, body shape, and image have influenced and continue to influence the African American freedom struggle. The conversation was framed by the documentary Dark Girls, a film about colorism based on skin tone. The colloquium was sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the Penn State National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), and the Penn State NAACP, and coordinated by Crystal Sanders, assistant professor of history and African American studies.