WSU a sponsor for events, screening of Tallgrass slave-trade film
Sep 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Print

The Society of Public Historians at Wichita State University, WSU's Special Collections and University Archives, and WSU's film studies program are among sponsors for two days of events in September for the Wichita Association of the Motion Picture Arts and Tallgrass Film Festival's Third Thursday film series.

The festival will present "Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Warren Theatre West, 9150 W. 21st St. Tickets, which go on sale Thursday, Sept. 10, are $9, with discounts for students and senior citizens.

The film's director, Katrina Browne, and producer, Juanita Brown, will participate in all events over the two days they are in Wichita.

Lorraine Madway, WSU archivist and curator of Special Collections, will join Browne and Brown in classroom discussions at a Special Collections workshop featuring slave-related documents.

The filmmakers also will participate in a community potluck at St. James Episcopal Church, which is a sponsor, too. Then they'll be on hand for the screening and the panel afterward on slavery's impact on American society and the issue of reparations.

Other sponsors include the Kansas African American Museum and Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria; the filmmakers' participation and related events are supported by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Here is the schedule of events:

  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, WSU's Ablah Library: Discussion and Examination of Slavery Artifacts with the Filmmakers
  • Presentations by Madway and filmmakers Browne and Brown on how documents and artifacts of the slave trade help researchers come to grips with the many ramifications of slavery in 18th- and 19th-century America. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jay Price at or (316) 978-7792.
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, St. James Episcopal Church, 3750 E. Douglas: The legacy of slavery and reconciliation.
  • Filmmakers Browne and Brown will discuss the work of the national and local Episcopal Church regarding the "continued legacy of slavery, apology and repair." The event hopes to bring together people from a diverse array of faith traditions and racial backgrounds. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jay Price at or (316) 978-7792.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Warren Theatre West, 9150 W. 21st Street: "Traces of the Trade: a Story of the Deep North," film screening, Q&A with filmmakers and panel
  • The panel will be moderated by Mark McCormick, director of the Kansas African American Museum and former Wichita Eagle columnist. Panelists will be Gerald Norwood and Gretchen Eick. Norwood is a local historian who has worked with WSU Special Collections regarding the history of slavery. Gretchen Eick is a Friends University professor of history and author of the book "Dissent in Wichita." Movie admission: $9 with discounts available.

After the movie screening and panel discussion, a community reception will be held at Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria, 2441 N. Maize Rd. Ste 101.

Tallgrass Third Thursday special screenings are a program of the Wichita Association of the Motion Picture Arts, which also produces the Tallgrass Film Festival.

This year's festival is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at venues in and around downtown Wichita.

For more information about the festival, visit or contact Teri Mott at (614) 506-9307 or

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