Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Author Spotlight: Deirdre Cooper Owens

Grandchamps Author Spotlight is an open discussion of literary works where writers, scholars, and folks of the community gather for a conversation over Haitian fare.

Program
7pm: Book signing
8-9pm: Q&A with book discussion

Join us as we unpack some of the injustices of medical history and how they've shaped our world today.

Hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Eta Nu Sigma Chapter

Author
Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She has won a number of prestigious honors that range from the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies to serving as an American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. in History from the UCLA. Dr. Cooper Owens has published essays, book chapters, and popular blog pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. She has also made a number of appearances on national media outlets like NPR, PBS, Slate, and Al Jazeera America as an expert on issues of race, racism, and U.S. slavery and continues to lecture widely across the country. Currently, she works on issues related to reproductive justice and anti-racism and is currently working with Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center on a podcast series about how to teach U.S. slavery. Cooper Owens’ book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology, is a recent release from the University of Georgia Press’ Race in the Atlantic World Series. It traces the relationship between slavery and women’s professional medicine in early America.

About Medical Bondage
The accomplishments of pioneering doctors such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman are well documented. It is also no secret that these nineteenth-century gynecologists performed experimental cesarean sections, ovariotomies, and obstetric fistulae repairs primarily on poor and powerless women. Medical Bondage breaks new ground by exploring how and why physicians denied these women their full humanity yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for medical experimentation.

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens examines a wide range of scientific literature and less formal communications in which gynecologists created and disseminated medical fictions about their patients, such as their belief that black enslaved women could withstand pain better than white “ladies.” Even as they were advancing medicine, these doctors were legitimizing, for decades to come, groundless theories related to whiteness and blackness, men and women, and the inferiority of other races or nationalities.

Medical Bondage moves between southern plantations and northern urban centers to reveal how nineteenth-century American ideas about race, health, and status influenced doctor-patient relationships in sites of healing like slave cabins, medical colleges, and hospitals. It also retells the story of black enslaved women and of Irish immigrant women from the perspective of these exploited groups and thus restores for us a picture of their lives.

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Steven Baboun

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent. 

Steven Baboun is a 21-year-old photographer, visual artist, and creative director from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a graduate from American University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Film and Media Arts and Education Studies. Steven believes in creating work that celebrates people, color, and experiences. His work is characterized by bright palettes and thought-provoking stories. Baboun's art is aimed at uncovering and exploring "the other Haitian narrative," a narrative that celebrates the diverse nature of Haitian society. 

"Growing up, the only photos I ever saw of Haiti were very somber, dark, and gray. The media always seemed to portray a very negative view of the physiology of Haiti, showing the gray slums or the rubble after the earthquake. It was all so dark and that scarred me as a child. I've taken that visual trauma and turned it into a world of color, safety, warmth, and comfort."

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Fritai Friday: Alegba + Friends

We're bringing the island to you. This Fritai Friday features Caribbean fusion band, Alegba and Friends. Afro beats meet strings layered with folkloric voices to bring you the island sounds we all love so much.

Grandchamps Fritai Friday provides local musicians with a space to showcase their talent as well as a platform to tell their stories. It is an open invitation to the community to party with us: dance, laugh, and eat that close-to-home Haitian fare.

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Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Data Oruwari

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent. 

Data Oruwari is a self-taught artist/creative strategy professional born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Creativity is her religion, so she's always finding new ways to bring things to life; and art is just one of the ways she manifests ideas. Though she holds no formal art training, her interest comes from her father who was an artist himself. Her works have been featured in several joint exhibitions in the United States and in Nigeria and she has been recognized by Design Indaba as "Master of the Micropen".

"I was inspired to bridge the gap between spirituality and the modern day African Woman in whatever landscape she finds herself, while also touching on issues of identity and diversity. The vision was to capture "Spiritual Portraits" of African Women which brings to surface the higher consciousness of the feminine energy. The God factor in her. The Goddess. I was inspired to awaken the spirit in whoever approaches my subject. The viewer is reminded that beneath the objectified appearance of us women lies a powerful and audacious spirit worth listening to."

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Fritai Friday: Mozayik

As summer is winding down we've got some chill sounds with plenty of Caribbean flavor. This Fritai Friday features Afro-Haitian jazz band, Mozayik. "Mozayik’s musical concept draws upon a rich legacy of traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms and melodies, and blends them with the instrumentation, melodic/harmonic sensibilities and improvisation of modern jazz."

Grandchamps Fritai Friday provides local musicians with a space to showcase their talent as well as a platform to tell their stories. It is an open invitation to the community to party with us: dance, laugh, and eat that close-to-home Haitian fare.

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Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Spotlight: Eddy Albertini

Grandchamps Artist Spotlight gives artists a space to display their creations as well as a platform to tell their stories. We seek artists of the community in order to support and showcase local talent.

Eddy Albertini is an award-winning Retail Design Executive with a distinguished career of creating visionary retail design concepts that strengthen brand positioning for PVH, a Fortune 500 company. He has designed high-end full line department stores in the United States and completed projects from London, Japan, China, Australia and Costa Rica. He has completed numerous design projects ranging from a single fixture design to entire new store concepts across multiple brands. Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, IZOD, Arrow & Speedo are brands that his design leadership contributed to increased sales. In addition to his design career, Eddy is also heavily involved in a few non-for-profit organizations, in the US and in Haiti. He is also a board member of Fleur De Vie. Eddy’s long standing interest in photography, music and art continues to be a strong passion.

This exhibit will feature sketches of nostalgic scenes in Haiti that make up his multifunctional design collection "Deux:Noirs".

Join us for the opening of the exhibit which will include an exclusive Q+A with the artist.

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Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Fritai Friday: Kings Guard + Challenger

It's summertime in Brooklyn and we're bringing the Caribbean to Grandchamps. This Fritai Friday features Kings Guard + Challenger with the zouk and reggae vibes. Let loose and feel good with sounds that take us home to the motherland.

Grandchamps Fritai Friday provides local musicians with a space to showcase their talent as well as a platform to tell their stories. It is an open invitation to the community to party with us: dance, laugh, and eat that close-to-home Haitian fare.

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