Africana Studies Program

Paul Ortiz: The Making of an African American and Latinx History of the United States

An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls.

Structural Stigma and Health Inequalities: Mark Hatzenbuehler

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Sociology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the role of stigma in shaping health inequalities.  His work has been published in leading journals, including American Psychologist, Psychological Bulletin, American Journal of Public Health, and JAMA Pediatrics, and has been cited in amicus curiae briefs for case on status-based discrimination.

Free Speech, Diversity, Inclusion: Is There a Balance?

A Conversation With:

Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College; Noelle Chaddock, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity, Rhodes College; James R. Stoner, Jr., Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Moderated by: Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College

Holograms and Microwaves: The Science of Black Music

The Africana Studies Program at Rhodes College is proud to welcome acclaimed scholar Shana L. Redmond. An interdisciplinary scholar of music, race, and politics, Redmond centers the sounds of the African diaspora within the global struggle for Black liberation. She offers groundbreaking and thought-provoking insights into how the practice of music-making has reflected and redirected the formation of racial identities and the resistance to colonialism and white supremacy.

Archives of Agency: Food in the Struggle for Black Liberation

 

In Black Liberation movements in the United States, food plays not only a biological
role but also a political one. In this talk, Dr. Ashanté Reese explores the ways in which
Black Liberation movements use food as a platform for mobilizing communities and
making connections between historical and contemporary movements, and also considers
how organizing around food demonstrates multifaceted resistance.

 

Baldwin Now Symposium: Keynote Lecture

This two-day symposium celebrates the life and legacy of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.

Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.

Tanisha C. Ford

Professor Tanisha Ford, author of Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style and the Global Politics of Soul, will be giving a public lecture and signing copies of her new book on Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm in Blount Auditorium.

 

Co-sponsor : Office of External Programs

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