Wall Lowcountry Center Complex
“Cultural Linkages of Rice Heritage throughout the African Diaspora” is the theme of the three monthly programs for the 2018 “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series.” Providing information about the complexity of Gullah Geechee heritage through the production of rice, each presentation is at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Complex and is free with garden admission. Seating, however, must be reserved at 843-235-6049.
Beginning Saturday, January 20, Anthony E. Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and University Archivist, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL, will present “Gullah as a Diaspora.” His lecture will examine prominent aspects of Gullah culture – particularly basket weaving techniques and language begun with the Kru or Kroo people of West Africa – and trace the migratory patterns of Gullah people, thus establishing a Gullah Diaspora.
On Saturday, February 17, Birgitta Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, School of Music and African American Studies Program, USC, will present “Enduring Memories of Africa: Music, Song, and Dance of the Gullah Geechee People.” Her discussion will explore how the music, songs, and dance of the Gullah Geechee embody the power of memory, tradition, and cultural aesthetics, having endured across the passage of time and space.
“Cultural Continuities: Africa, Caribbean and America (Gullah Geechee)” is the lecture on March 17. Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Geography and Assistant Director, Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, Coastal Carolina University, will speak on the linguistic, cultural, and ritual expressions of the African Diaspora, with particular emphasis on the connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.