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Concordia’s Sluberski Film Series to Feature 'Ghosts of Amistad' and Q&A with Best-Selling Author Kenneth C. Davis PDF Print Email

By Joyce Kennedy, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

Nov. 2, 2016:  Concordia College will host a screening of the film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 pm in Sommer Center.

The film is the winner of the 2015 John E. O’Conner Award for Best Documentary Film by the American Historical Association.  Sponsored by the Friends of Concordia, this event is free and open to the public.

The film Ghosts of Amistad is based on Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion. It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. 

Award-winning director Tony Buba uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

Kenneth C. Davis, a Concordia College alumnus and best-selling author, will introduce the documentary and host an interactive Q&A discussion with Mr. Buba. 

Mr. Davis’s book Don’t Know Much About® History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned, spent 35 consecutive weeks on the New York Times paperback bestseller list, giving rise to his popular Don’t Know Much About® series. 

Mr. Davis’s recently released book, In the Shadow of Liberty, The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, shares the stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, detailing the role slavery played in the founding of America.

Marcus Rediker, said of In the Shadow of Liberty, “By exploring the humanity of people held in bondage by early American presidents, Kenneth C. Davis once again turns American mythology into history. Read the book and be grateful.”

The screening and interactive panel will be featured in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the Concordia campus in Bronxville.  A reception and book signing featuring Mr.  Davis’s In the Shadow of Liberty will follow. 

Pictured here:  Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

Photo by A. Warner

 

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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-5053


The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College

171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
https://osilasgallery.org/

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Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
914-337-7680
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
http://bronxvillelibrary.org/


Womrath Bookshop

Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville

(914) 337-0199

http://www.womrath.com/

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

Concordia College-New York

Phone: 914-395-4507

Kathleen.Suss@concordia-ny.edu

www.concordiaconservatory.org


Crestwood Music Education Center

Crestwood Music Education Center, founded in 1987, has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County with well over 800 students studying piano, guitar voice, Suzuki and much more. Their philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression. They believe in the importance of having a world-class faculty with extensive education as well as the teaching and performing experience that can only found in America's finest music schools.

453 White Plains Road
Eastchester, New York 10709
914-961-3497

 

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