Past Events


"Where Are All the Black Swans: A Community Response."

Presented by African American Studies in collaboration with Collage Dance Collective.
Panel members reflected on their training and careers in the classical and fine arts. Participants engaged the audience in a discussion on community responses to the crisis of diversity in the classical and fine arts. The idea was inspired by a 2007 New York Times article, "Where Are All the Black Swans?". Members of the arts community were invited to attend and take part in this engaging conversation. February 8, 2012, Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall

Panel members included:
Heather-Brooke Malone, Reheema Barber, Brandye Lee, Lila Hood, Jaime Mann







Marcellus Harper, Collage Managing Director



Rhodes College African American Studies Program co-sponsored a campus visit by iconic South African poet and academic
Antjie Krog. Professor Krog gave a lecture and led a discussion on her experiences as a journalist covering South Africa’s controversial and groundbreaking Truth and Reconciliation Commission on November 15th. She also read from her large ouvre of poetry on November 16th, 2011. Poster

On November 16, 2011 Rhodes Professor, Dr. Rychetta Watkins, presented "Solidarity in Struggle: The Similarities and Differences in Black Power and Yellow Power" at the National Civil Rights Museum as part of the Lunch & Learn Series which is a free public program.

November 10, 2011: African American Studies Program co-sponsored the 1611 Symposium, The King James Bible′s 400th anniversary

On Friday, November 11, 1-5pm, symposium speakers will include Brian Cummings (Sussex), Hannibal Hamlin (Ohio State University), Ena Heller (Museum of Biblical Art), Naomi Tadmor (Lancaster), and Vincent Wimbush (Claremont Graduate University), with a response by Robert Alter. Their visits will be co-sponsored by Rhodes College programs in African American Studies, Art, History, Religious Studies, Search, and the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities, with an additional matching grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

November 2, 2011 - "White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books. Dr. Jonathan Gayles, University of Georgia Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University discussed his recent documentary. Poster.pdf  (Interview)

November 2, 2011 - A discussion with Dr. Jonathan Gayles focusing on "Capes and Castration: The Troubling Origins of the Black Superhero".

October 10, 2011 - Say Word!: Voices from Hip Hop Theater an anthology presented and signed by editor Daniel Banks at noon in the McCoy Theatre, room 124. Poster.pdf

HaMapah performance – October 9, 2011

Dance performed by Adam McKinney - Directed by Daniel Banks

In Hebrew, HaMapah means "the tablecloth" or "the map." HaMapah weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In HaMapah, McKinney explores issues of culture, self-hood, and community. In exploring his African, Jewish, and Native American heritages, McKinney dances the personal and the collective, the local and the global, and the present and the past.

African American Studies sponsored a reception before the performance with a mini-talk by Professor Luther Ivory. Immediately following the performance, DNAWORKS co-directors McKinney and Banks lead a community dialogue with the audience about the core ideas of the piece. Free and open to the public, this performance was made possible by the Ellis Rabb Fund for Visiting Artists.

Gem of the Ocean: On October 2, 2011 a group attended a performance with talkback with the cast afterwards. Twenty tickets were available to African American Studies affiliated faculty, program minors, students in African American Studies classes and interested Rhodes community members on a first come, first serve basis. Assistant Professor Rychetta Watkins facilitated a post-play talkback discussion.

Rhodes College African American Studies Program co-sponsored a visit by Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University). He discussed his book "The Honor Code," on September 21, 2011 in Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall. Appiah was interviewed on WKNO in anticipation of his visit to RhodesPoster (pdf).

African American Studies Presents Leigh Raiford, "Watching with Dispassion: Civil Rights Movement Photography and its Legacies" (Thursday, March 24, 2011) Poster.pdf

2nd Annual Unscripted: Perspectives of Women in Music. (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) Poster.pdf

2nd Annual UnScripted: Storytelling Through Photography & Music. (Friday, March 4th, 2011) Poster.pdf

African American Studies Presents David Silbey, "Race War! Race and War, Culture and War: America Fights in China , the Philippines and Iraq" (November 9th, 2009) Poster.pdf

African American Studies Presents Tim Wise, "White Privilege and its Consequences for Racial Equity and Justice" (November 18, 2008)

African American Studies Presents Dr. Janet Helms, "A Race is a Nice Thing to Have" (September 18, 2008)

Wattstax Exhibit

"I Am Somebody!"
February 2 - 28, 2008

Barret Library, Room 051
An exhibition of rare photographs and memorabilia from the Stax Museum of American soul Music Collection

Public Hours:

Thursdays 5 PM to 9 PM
Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM
Sundays 1 PM to 5 PM  

Opening Reception and Talk
February 5, 2008

7:00 PM
The public attended a keynote address by Al Bell, former owner of Stax Records and executive producer of the Wattstax film, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in Barret 051. Bell spoke on “Believing and Fulfilling the American Dream.” A reception followed. Read more.

Photo: Mavis Staple of The Staple Singers. Courtesy of Wattstax. 





















































































African American Studies Presents Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, "Come Hell or High Water, Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster" (April 24, 2006)

African American Studies Presents Psychologist Tamara Brown
to Discuss the Traditions and Future of African American Fraternities and Sororities (Jan. 30, 2006)

African American Studies Presents a Conversation with Author and Clinton Diarist Janis Kearney
(Oct. 21, 2005)