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Monday 4th June, 2018
Dr. Matthew LAING BA (Hons)
The New Black Identity

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art digitized archive of photography

After World War I, a cultural awakening and a new Black identity emerged from an artistic era centered in the heart of New York. This era was called the Harlem Renaissance developed from Harlem.

The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s was the beginning of an “acceptance” of the Black artist, writer and poets in White America.

In major cities an unprecedented outburst of creative activity among African-Americans occurred in all fields of art.

This lecture is presented by Dr Matthew Laing, a historian and political scientist with a PhD from the ANU.

Raffle Prizes for this lecture

Raffle prizes for this lecture will be the following 2 books. Raffle tickets are sold at the door and cost $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Two winning tickets are drawn and the first winner takes first pick. The raffle is drawn at the conclusion of the lecture.

The Harlem Renaisance
by Sterling Professor
of the Humanities
Harold Bloom (Editor)

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader
by David Levering Lewis

Previous Lecture

Monday 7th May, 2018
Les Parisiennes

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The magnificent Villa Trianon

In front of one of our largest ever audiences, NADFAS lecturer Ms. Anne Sebba delighted us with a professional and well structured presentation of life for the female civilian population in Paris during the Nazi occupation in the 1940's.

Well researched and illustrated, the lecture provided a graphic insight into the daily lives of women, some of whom ended up in a concentration camp, others labelled as collaborators providing unwilling support to the occupiers and others still joining the resistance and opposing the Germans.

Strained appearances of a normal life were outwardly maintained with clothes and jewellery still made and sold, and clubs and nightspots continuing to function, but all beneath a sullen cloud of uncertainty.

A fascinating glimpse of recent history told with surety and clarity, and a lecture we will all remember for years to come.

Review by John Emerson - Member ADFAS Pokolbin

Chairman's Musings

May, 2018

Dear ADFAS Pokolbin Members and Friends,

Heather Wilson

We value your support and continually strive to present informative, thought provoking and entertaining lectures and events.

Recently we enjoyed a happy gathering to welcome our New Members for 2018. This occasion provided a wonderful opportunity to get to know each of you in a relaxed and intimate setting. A big thank you to Judy Wearne, who so graciously welcomed us into her gorgeous home.

On behalf of all our members, I wish to acknowledge our dedicated, hardworking and multi-talented Committee. Together we have already pieced together what promises to be an exciting and varied lecture programme for 2019.

This year we celebrate our society's twentieth anniversary. To acknowledge this significant milestone, there will be a party and movie night to be held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 23rd, July, commencing at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a delicious supper catered for by The Royal Oak Hotel and of course accompanied with superb local wines. We will email and place further details on our website. We are planning a happy, relaxed and fun celebration.

On Saturday September 28th our society is taking a bus tour to the inaugural “Sculpture on the Farm” in Fosterton, the Dungog Design Exhibition and Dungog Contemporary Exhibition. All of these coincide with The Dungog Festival over the long weekend. It will be a memorable day and we will also be visiting two gardens on the Dungog Garden Ramble as part of the Festival. This is an important date for your diary and definitely not to be missed. Bookings will open before the start of June and we expect that it will sell out very quickly.

These events will complement our current 2018 Lecture Series.

Your Committee look forward to welcoming you and hope you continue to enjoy and be inspired through your involvement with our society.

Warmest regards,

Heather Wilson
ADFAS Pokolbin

Committee 2018:

Committee Members:Michael Bennett, Liz George, Bev Holden, Robert Lusby, Debra McGuigan, Dianne Nelson, Tracey Seath, Ian Veroni, Jennie Wilkinson

ADFAS Pokolbin provides its members a yearly program of 8 illustrated arts-related lectures presented by skilled overseas and Australian experts plus excursions and outings in a friendly and sophisticated social setting. 

All lectures will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, (CPAC) cnr. Vincent St and Aberdare Rd, Cessnock. Evening lectures start promptly at 7:00 pm, followed by supper and Hunter Valley wines.

Visitors are welcome - $30.00 per lecture.
Visiting Members of other societies - FREE
Annual Membership - $180.00 for all 8 lectures.
School and College Students (excluding supper) - FREE

Membership enquiries: Call Judy 0409 986 565
or email: Secretary, ADFAS Polkolbin

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