Join us for the first public screening of theater artist Malik Work’s interpretation of Jupiter Hammon’s An Essay on Slavery. The video screening will be followed by a discussion between Malik Work and Douglas Jones, Associate Professor of English and Theater Studies at Duke University.

DATE: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
TIME: 5:30pm to 7:00pm via Zoom
COST: Free or optional donation (Pre-registration required)

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Malik Work’s video will be part of a future exhibition and audio-visual installation at Joseph Lloyd Manor, one of Preservation Long Island’s historic house musems and a site that enslaved generations of people of African descent including writer Jupiter Hammon (1711–ca.1806), who wrote powerfully about the social and moral conflicts slavery raised in the newly formed United States.

The ongoing Jupiter Hammon Project, a multi-year initiative that aims to establish a more accurate and equitable interpretation of Joseph Lloyd Manor, reflects input from a wide range of stakeholders—including the museum’s Community Advisory Council, the Education Committee, members of descendant communities, local residents, educators, historians, as well as contemporary artists.

Malik Work is a NYC-based actor-teacher-writer-emcee and a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz/hip hop conglomerate: The Real Live Show. His recent television credits include Broad City on Comedy Central and Blacklist: Redemption on NBC. He has provided award-winning voice-over for national network commercials, scripted television, radio, and the internet. Malik is also the voice of Planet Word, an immersive museum of the English language in Washington D.C., billed as the world’s first voice-activated museum. He’s composed and performed poetry for Webby Award-winning project People Not Property, an historic preservation and educational website for Historic Hudson Valley. He teaches acting, Shakespeare, theater arts, creative writing, hip hop and hip-hop theater, locally and internationally. He is a faculty member and alumnus of the National Theater Institute, and a teaching artist for the Public Theater.

Douglas A. Jones, Jr. is Associate Professor of English and Theater Studies at Duke University. His research treats (African) American literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, drama and performance studies, and cultural histories of slavery in British North America and the US. He is currently writing a book on early African American literature’s contributions to democratic theory.