Spirit of the Underground Railroad Photo Exhibit

February 14-19, in celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will exhibit photographs, mixed media works and research to celebrate the spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill.

Contact:
Cara Halstead, Public Information Officer, Pace University
914-773-3312, Mobile: 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD PHOTO EXHIBIT

A celebration of the Spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 — February 14-19, in celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will exhibit photographs, mixed media works and research to celebrate the spirit of the Underground Railroad and the endurance of the African American settlers of Peekskill.

In making this exhibition, the artist, Betsy Braun Lane, has harnessed history and technology, producing monochrome images both traditionally and digitally. This work has emerged through a year of historical research and each piece was guided by the oral histories passed down in the Peekskill region for more than two hundred years. As the first person to document these oral histories through a visual and written presentation, Lane used original documents and reference materials to correlate the oral traditions and trace the contributions of the African-American people as the Hudson Valley developed.

The pieces are presented as objects of the history and the struggle of the community. Within the community were freedom-seekers, conductors and supporters of the first unilateral humanitarian effort of this country’s history: the Underground Railroad. Their presence in Peekskill (then known as Cortlandt, an area that now encompasses communities along the Hudson including, Ossining, Croton and Bedford, all thriving industrial areas of the time), and their courage and determination to claim freedom and justice for all, shaped the area’s role in the Underground Railroad network.

“This exhibition is a tribute to those thousands whose names we do not know, but will honor by remembering, said Lane. “It is dedicated to the people who, today, tell the stories of the past and will not let them be forgotten.”

This event is sponsored by the Pace University Office of Diversity Programs and the Westchester Diversity Team.

Who: Betsy Braun Lane, artist. Learn more about the artist at www.betsybraunlane.com
What: Exhibit of photographs, mixed media works and research with artist receptions.
Where: Gottesman Room, Pleasantville Campus, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road.

When: Exhibit – February 14-19, 2005 9:00AM – 10:00PM daily.

Artist receptions – February 15, 3:00 – 4:00PM
and February 16, 12:00 – 1:00 PM*
*featuring Art Hightowers ABCs of Jazz Trio

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. www.pace.edu.

Maya Angelou to Celebrate Black History Month at Pace University

In celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will host Maya Angelou — poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director — at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2005, in the Goldstein Fitness Center, Pleasantville Campus.

Contacts:
John Agnelli, Director of Student Development and Campus Activities, 914-773-3767, jagnelli@pace.edu

Rosemary Mercedes, Manager of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1637, Mobile: 914-424-3845, rmercedes@pace.edu

MAYA ANGELOU TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT
PACE UNIVERSITY

An Evening with Maya Angelou

Pleasantville, NY, January 11, 2005 — In celebration of Black History Month, Pace University will host Maya Angelou — poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director — at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2005, in the Goldstein Fitness Center, Pleasantville Campus.

This is Angelou’s only scheduled appearance in the New York metropolitan area during Black History Month. She will discuss “community playing a role in educating one another” and the importance of supporting leadership during turbulent times.

Angelou has authored 12 best-selling books, including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and her current best-seller, “A Song Flung Up to Heaven.” She recently published “Hallelujah! The Welcome Table,” a collection of memories and recipes that reveal cooking as another long time passion in her life.

Angelou has been awarded nearly 50 honorary degrees, the Presidential Medal for the Arts and selected as a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She made history in 1993 when she became only the second poet in American history to write and recite original work at a Presidential Inauguration.

Tickets are available to the general public at a cost of $25 for general admission, $35 for reserved seating, and $65 for front row seats. Tickets must be purchased online at www.Pace.Musictoday.com.

University students and staff can buy tickets from the Student Development and Campus Activities office, Kessel Campus Center, Pleasantville campus. Tickets for Pace University students are $5; faculty and staff $10. There is a maximum of 2 tickets with each I.D.

A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu