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Black Geek Week
Black Geek Week February 12-16, 2018
The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center launched its inaugural “Black Geek Week” as part of Black History Month festivities starting Monday February 18, 2013. The week’s events highlighted the achievements of Africans Americans in academia, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and arts that have pushed the boundaries of thought and technology. Moreover, the programs seek to expose the Illinois community to a demographic of “nerds” and “geeks” who are rarely highlighted in pop‐culture and contemporary discussions on geek culture (e.g. comics, gadgets, science fiction, computers, etc.). This was highlighted in the usage of the term bleek, an affectionate moniker for “Black geeks.” The week will consisted of art exhibits; film screenings; panel discussions with professors, authors, artists, and comic book store owners; a fashion show; and a summit on Black and Latino male experiences.
A listing of the week’s events will be available above. Black Geek Week festivities were co‐sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Diversity and Social Justice Education, Illini Union, Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (I‐CHASS), National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Champaign Unit One, and the Women’s Resources Center (WRC).