Africana Studies Events
The following George Washington University events are either sponsored by the program or of interest:
Louis-Philippe Dalembert, April 22, 12PM-2PM, Dalembert is a critically acclaimed Haitian author who writes in French and Creole. There will be trilingual reading in English, French, and Creole and a conversation in English with Dalembert with Abdou Waberi. Sponsored by The Department of French. Philips B152.
Stephanie Batiste, "Dark Reflections of Power: Culture, Complicity and the End of Subversion"
American Studies' Collected Stories Keynote Speaker
4-5:30, MPA 310
Stephanie Leigh Batiste is Associate Professor of English and Black Studies at The University of California at Santa Barbara. She is also the Director of the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative that supports inter- and multi-disciplinary research and programming in race and ethnicity. Her book Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance (Duke University Press, 2011), a meditation on nation citizenship, power, and the possibilities of modern resonances of transnational blackness, is winner of the Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize.
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE LOOK FOR IT IN THE FALL:
The Africana Studies Program and the Provost’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion present George Washington University’s second annual
D.C. Emancipation Day Celebration
with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Grand Continental Ballroom, Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
800 21 st , NW, GWU Campus
Alexander’s talk will be preceded by a panel on “Race, Rights, and Emancipation in the 21st Century” with the following guests:
Bruce Spiva of The Spiva Law Firm PLLC, is former Chair of the Board of DC Vote, dedicated to voting rights for D.C. residents. He testified before Congress on behalf of the D.C. Voting Rights Act, a bill advocating full congressional representation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and specializes in complex litigation, including antitrust, consumer protection and class actions.
Edward Hailes, Jr. is Managing Director and Counsel for The Advancement Project and former general counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, directing the agency's historic investigation into voting irregularities in Florida during the 2000 presidential election, and the hearing on police practices and civil rights in New York City after the Amadou Diallo shooting. Hailes served as NAACP counsel for ten years and is a graduate of Howard University School of Law.
Natalie Hopkinson, author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, is a fellow with the Interactivity Foundation and a contributing editor to The Root DC. She writes and lectures on culture, gentrification and education, and has contributed to the Post, NY Times, Essence, and NPR. She holds a PhD in Journalism from UMD, College Park, and an undergraduate degree in political science from Howard.
Christopher Bracey is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at George Washington University. He teaches and researches in the legal history of U.S. race relations, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and civil rights. A graduate of Harvard University School of Law, he is the author of Saviors or Sellouts: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, From Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice.
Free and Open to the Public
Book signing and reception following lecture
Tickets will be available at Eventbrite.com
Additional sponsorship from The George Washington University School of Law, The Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, The American Studies Department, The Department of Sociology, The University Writing Program, and the D.C. Archives
Other Spring Events:
March 1, 12 PM to 1:30PM. Kathryn Kleppinger, Department of French, and Africana faculty, will present at Africana Studies' Works-in-Progress Series:" Branding the Beur Author: Minority Writing and the Media in Contemporary France." Rome Hall 771
February 1, 12PM-1:30PM. Calvin Warren, Assistant Professor, American Studies, and Africana Studies faculty, will present at Africana Studies' Works-in-Progress Series: "Onticide: Toward an Afro-pessimistic Queer Theory." Rome Hall 771.
Fall 2012 Events
November 9, 12 PM: Writer-in-residence Abdourahman Waberi: Bilingual reading and book discussion. Raised in Djibouti, Waberi is a leading author of a younger generation of French-African writers. His 2003 novel Transit describes war and memory in Djibouti and undocumented migration to France. Waberi is also visiting assistant professor of French and Africana Studies. Waberi translators David and Nicole Ball of Smith College will participate. Kathryn Kleppinger, French and Africana Studies, GWU, will moderate. Sponsored by the Department of Romance, Slavic and Germanic Languages. Marvin Center 331.
November 8, 5:30-7:30PM. GW Professor of History Eric Arnesen and Africana Studies faculty will speak on his soon-to-be-published biography of labor leader and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph. A. Philip Randolph 1889-1979) was the nation’s leading African-American labor leader in the 20th century. A founder and president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, he was an influential orator, passionate journalist, and omitted activist who led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, theNational Negro Congress, the March on Washington Movement, and the Negro American Labor Council. Mr. Randolph’s intensely political life story is central part of modern American labor history and the story of the emergence and triumph of the modern civil rights movement. Free and open to the public. International Brotherhood of Labor History Research Center, Gelman Library, 7th Floor.
November 7, 4 PM: “GO-GO Music, Gentrification, and the Demise of Chocolate City”: Natalie Hopkinson, Georgetown, Journalism, and Associate editor, The Root; Maurice Jackson, Georgetown, History; Kip Lornell ,GWU Department of Music and Africana Studies Program; Bernard Demczuk, GWU Office of Community Relations. Hopkinson is the author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City and Lornell is the author of The Beat: Go-Go-Music from Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Center for Public Culture and Public History and Africana Studies. Moderated by James A. Miller, English, American Studies, and Africana Studies. International Brotherhood of Labor History Research Center, Gelman Library, 7th Floor.
October 12th, 12:00-1:30 PM. Nemata Blyden, Associate Professor of History, and Africana Studies faculty, will present at Africana Studies' Works-in-Progress Series: "Africans in America, 1898-1950." Rome Hall 771.
April 12, 4-6pm. Kate Masur, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Northwestern University will present the George Washington University’s first annual Washington D.C. Emancipation Day Lecture, “Runaway Slaves and the Origins of Emancipation in Washington, D.C. Masur is the author of An Example for all the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle for Equality in Washington, D.C. All are welcome; question and answer to follow. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center, Gelman Library, 7th Floor. Sponsored by The Africana Studies Program and The Department of History and The American Studies Department.
March 28, 6:30 pm. Ruth Wilson Gilmore will deliver the Women's Studies Yulee Lecture, "What Would Harriet Do? Unfinished Liberation or the Dangers of Innocence." Gilmore is Professor of Geography in the Earth and Environmental Studies Ph.D. program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and author of the prize-winning book Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. She is a founding member of California Prison Moratorium Project; Critical Resistance; the Central California Environmental Justice Network; and many other organizations. Sponsored by the George Washington University Women’s Studies Program.
April 3, 7:30 pm. Actor and playwright Gabrielle Maisels will perform her one-woman show about South Africa, Bongani. Maisels is the granddaughter of Israel Aaron Maisels, leader of the defense team that helped acquit Nelson Mandela and the 29 others the apartheid government tried for treason in the “Treason Trials” of 1956-61. Her solo shows are inspired by the summers she spent in South Africa as a child, her family’s role in the struggle, and her experience of the transition from apartheid. Building XX (Union Methodist Episcopal Church), 814 20th Street NW, George Washington University Campus April 3, 7:30 PM. Doors Open at 7pm; 70 minutes; Q&A to Follow. Free and Open to the Public. RSVPs preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the Department of Theater and Dance. Additional Sponsorship from The Department of English, The Program in Judaic Studies and the Women’s Studies Program.
September 21, 8:00-9 pm. President Steven Knapp is pleased to announce that Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will be speaking and reading at Lisner Auditorium as part of the Toni Morrison's Society's Bench by the Road Project. The event will commemorate Lisner as one of D.C.'s first integrated auditoriums. To reserve tickets: http://morrison-at-gw.eventbrite.com. For more information contact 202-994-7129 or email@example.com. Free and open to the public.
September 22, 2-3:30 pm. Jennifer Morgan, Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis and History, New York University, "Quotidian Erasures: Gender and the records of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade." Morgan is the author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in New World Slavery. Sponsored by the Department of History. Phillips Hall 328-329, 801 22nd St NW.
October 4, 2-4pm. E. Patrick Johnson, Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies, Northwestern University. Africana Studies Gender and Sexuality Series is pleased to bring E. Patrick Johnson for a conversation during his one-man show, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Johnson will discuss a range of topics, including performance as activism, sexuality and identity, HIV/AIDS in the African American community, and the politics of of performing other people's stories. Co-sponsored with the Multicultural Student Services Center, Allied in Pride, the LBGT Resource Center. Additional Support from the Center of Public Culture and Public History and the American Studies Department. Multicultural Student Center, 2127 G. Street.
November 10, 6-7 pm. Christopher R. DeCorse, Syracuse University, will deliver The Jane B. Hart Distinguished Lecture: “The African Atlantic World: West Africa Before and After.” DeCorse is author of An Archaeology of Elmina: Africans and Europeans on the Gold Coast, 1400-1900 (Smithsonian Press, 2001) and West Africa during the Atlantic Slave Trade (Continuum Press, 2001). Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Africana Studies Diasporas Series, and the Capitol Archaeological Institute. 1957 E Street NW, Room 214.
November 11, 2:30-4pm. Carla Peterson, Professor of English at the University of Maryland, will be discussing her acclaimed new book, Black Gotham: A Family History of New York City. Peterson is also the author of the field-defining work, Doers of the Word: African American Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880). Part of the Africana Studies Cities Series. Additional sponsorship from the Department of English. 771 Rome Hall, 801 22nd St NW.
December, 8th, 7:30 pm. The award-winning fiction and non-fiction writer Randall Kenan will read from his work. Kenan is the author of A Visitation of Spirits, a juvenile biography of James Baldwin, and Walking on Water: Black Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. Place TBA. Sponsored by the Jenny McKean Moore reading series of the Creative Writing Program.