Hulon Willis Association presents HWA Meets: Richmond's Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia

Time: Thursday, February 16 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia | 122 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23220

Beth Young '83

The Hulon Willis Association invites you to HWA Meets, a regional quarterly dinner series for William & Mary's African-American alumni to meet, dine, and network together. Join us to help fulfill HWA's mission of encouraging fellowship among alumni and discussing ways to enhance the quality of life for African-American students and alumni of the College.

Join us during Black History Month in Richmond, at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia. Our featured guest speaker will be Ari Weinberg Ph.D. '21, Graduate Assistant for The Lemon Project at William & Mary. The Lemon Project is "a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this program will focus on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 300-year relationship between African Americans and the College, and building bridges between the College and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area." 

This event costs $20 to attend, and includes dinner catered by Mama J's Kitchen. Kindly RSVP by February 14.  


About the Speaker: Ari Weinberg Ph.D. '21

Ari Weinberg is a graduate student in American Studies who examines songster books produced in the 19th century for themes of race, gender, class, and nationalism. At the moment, Ari is researching songsters from the Civil War era in order to shed light on the value society placed on music as vital to Civil War soldiers' health. Highlighting the importance of songster books as locations for social identity formation throughout the 19th century, Ari explores how these conceptions of self and other continue to influence identity in the present. One of the key aspects of a songster is the dialogue that happens between its users; Ari believes dialogue is a useful tool for connection & learning and hopes to incorporate it into the classroom as well.
High Honors Undergraduate Thesis "Singing American Identity: The Negotiation of Race, Gender, Class and Nationalism in Antebellum Songsters", 2014
B.A. American Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014