Upcoming Events

Spring 2019

March 28, 2019

4 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities, G03

Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. An internationally recognized scholar and social justice advocate, she has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. She is the author of the award-winning books, "Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty" (1997), "Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare" (2002), and most recently, "Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century" (2011).

Please join us for the talk and refreshments.

Howardena Pindell Opening Celebration at the Rose

February 1, 2019

Join us for the opening celebration of Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen exhibition at the Rose Museum from 2-5pm.Howardena Pindell explores the intersection of art and activism. "What Remains to be Seen" spans the New York–based artist’s five-decades-long career, featuring early figurative paintings, pure abstraction, and conceptual works, as well as personal and political art. February 1, 2019- May 19, 2019.
Illustration of fist comprising words related to African and African-American Studies, including feminism, divestment, Ford Hall, 1969. Text reads AAAS 50th Commemoration Brandeis University

February 8, 2019

Join us as we mark a half century of excellence in and dedication to the Department of African and African-American Studies.

2019 Richman Fellow: Anna Deavere Smith

March 21, 2019

Join us for the award ceremony and presentation of the 2019 Richman Fellow Anna Deavere "Snapshots:Protraits of a World in Transition" March 21, 2019 at 4-5:30pm in Sherman Function Hall. Playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character, and diversity in America. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.”

Fall 2018

Acoustic Performance by Aurelio Martinez

October 11, 2018

Join us for an acoustic performance by Aurelio Martinez on October 11th in the Mandel Reading Room. Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras' Caribbean coast in 1969, Aurelio Martinez represents perhaps the last generation to grow up steeped in Garifuna tradition. Now, over the thirty years into his remarkable career, he has risen to become the foremost global ambassador of Garifuna music and culture, as well as their most influential and respected guardian. This event is sponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies, African and African-American studies, the Intercultural Center, Office of the Dean of the Arts and the Office of Student Activities.

20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: A Conversation with Joan Morgan

November 7, 2018

The Department of African and African American studies presents 20 years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: A Conversation with Joan Morgan in Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm. Joan Morgan is an award-winning cultural critic, feminist author and a pioneering hip-hop journalist. Morgan coined the term "hip-hop feminist" in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down which is taught at universities globally. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop, race, and gender, Morgan has made numerous television and radio appearances. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the New School, Vanderbilt, Duke and Stanford University and is currently a doctoral candidate at New York University. Her most recent book is She Begat This: 20 Years of the Misedcation of Lauryn Hill. Jamaican-born and South Bronx bred, Morgan is a proud Native New Yorker.

AAAS Film Series: Talking Black in America

November 29, 2018

Join us at 7 p.m. for popcorn and a screening of "Talking Black in America," a television documentary detailing the unique linguistic circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language.

Location: Intercultural Center, Swig Hall

Co-Sponsors: Linguistics Program, ICC

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