AAM Summer Series: The World Doesn’t Require You
AAM Summer Series Presents:
The World Doesn’t Require You:
Author Rion Amilcar Scott in Conversation with Historian Dale Green
Friday, June 3, 6 pm (Doors open at 5 pm)
Free and open to the public
AAM is offering free childcare for 7 – 10 year olds from 5:45 – 7:30. Please Register Here
Rion Amilcar Scott’s award-winning short story collections imagine the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, a free Black settlement founded after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. Historian Dale Glenwood Green’s research documents Easton’s Hill Community, one of the oldest free Black neighborhoods in the United States still in existence today. Join them for a reading and conversation about the history, legacy, and future of Maryland’s African American communities, followed by a walking tour led by Professor Green. This conversation is moderated by Shore Lit Founder and George Mason University professor Kerry Folan. Washington College’s Chesapeake Heartland African American Humanities Truck will also be on site to share a grassroots-curated exhibition celebrating African American history and culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Special thanks to our partners, sponsors, and friends in the community: The Chesapeake Heartland Project at Washington College’s Starr Center for the Study of American Experience, The Hill Community Project, and Shore Lit.
5:00 Visit the Chesapeake Heartland African American Humanities Truck in front of the museum to see a grassroots-curated exhibition celebrating African American history and culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
6:00 Join us in the auditorium for a conversation between writer Rion Amilcar Scott and historian Dale Glenwood Green about the history, legacy, and future of African American communities
7:00 Writer Rion Amilcar Scott will be signing books in the courtyard
7:30 Historian Dale Glenwood Green will lead a walking tour of Easton’s Hill Community
Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019), a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and winner of the 2020 Towson Prize for Literature. His work has been published in places such as The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, Best Small Fictions 2020 and The Rumpus, among others. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won the Mary Roberts Rinehart award, a Completion Fellowship and an Alumni Exemplar Award. He has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writing Conference, Kimbilio and the Colgate Writing Conference as well as a 2019 Maryland Individual Artist Award. Presently he teaches Creative Writing at the University of Maryland.
Dale Glenwood Green is a Morgan State University Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation and a Vice President and Partner of Sulton Campbell Britt & Associates, PC. He bridges both the academy and practice where he built his reputation as a respected leader in the building industry. Green earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University, a Masters of Architecture and Historic Preservation from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign, and a Ph.D. ABD in Architectural Studies in Historic Preservation from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Green works to develop new sites and also preserve historical sites as well. He is not only a respected leader in the building industry, but also a sought after lecturer and scholar of African American heritage.
About the Chesapeake Heartland African American Humanities Truck
The Chesapeake Heartland African American Humanities Truck serves Kent County and the Eastern Shore as a mobile digitization station, oral history studio, exhibit space, and pop-up-festival-maker. It is designed to meet community members on their own grounds — their own turf and their own terms — inviting partners and participants to gather inside and around the truck to conduct interviews, digitize materials, and create exhibits and events.Click here to learn more about Washington College’s Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project and Truck.
About AAM Summer Series
The Academy Art Museum enlisted five local creatives to design and execute summer programs at the museum from June through September. AAM’s Community Programmers include Kerry Folan, Marco Garcia, Tori Paxon, Francisco Salazar and Brea Soul.
Programs and Dates:
June 3: The World Doesn’t Require You Conversation
July 29: 24-Hour Video Race
August 6: Pop-Up Market
August 26: Hip-Hop Cypher
September 2: Variety Show