Ethnic Studies Sponsored Events


Film Screening: The Bell Affair
Special guest: Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher, film director

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sykes Theatre

The Bell Affair is an animating film about an historical event, in which Daniel and Mary Bell, living in Washington, DC, sued for their freedom from slavery and won. After the slaveholder threatened to re-enslave Mary and their children, they participated in one of the largest escape attempts in American history, setting off for freedom to Philadelphia on a schooner called The Pearl.

Reception with director, Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher, to follow film in Sykes 252.


From the Director's Chair: The Making of The Bell Affair
with Dr. Kwakiutl L. Dreher

Wednesday, February 22 | 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Sykes Student Union 252

Dr. Kwakiutl L. Dreher, a director, producer, and writer of The Bell Affair (, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Dreher is a screenwriter, actor, director, playwright, and author. A native of South Carolina, she writes about African American literature, film, visual, and popular culture. She is the author of Dancing on the White Page: Black Women Entertainers Writing Autobiography (SUNY Press) and numerous articles and essays.

The Bell Affair events are made possible with the support Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and co-sponsorship of the African American Studies Program, African & African American Literature Program, Dowdy Multicultural Center, Frederick Douglass Institute, Sociology Club.

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