Each term African and African American Studies sponsors the Angelina Weld Grimké lecture series and at least one additional event or lecture.

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February 2017

Thursday, February 2nd

October 2016

Thursday, October 20th
Wednesday, October 19th
Tuesday, October 18th

April 2016

Thursday, April 14th

October 2015

Thursday, October 15th

May 2015

Friday, May 15th
  • Convocation: Chude Allen ’65
    • A Freedom Summer participant, Chude Allen relates the experience of African-American voter registration in Mississippi in 1964.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Wednesday, May 13th

April 2015

Friday, April 3rd
  • Convocation: Ysaye Barnwell
    • Musician, actress, and educator Ysaye Barnwell is a former member of the acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, April 2nd

February 2015

Monday, February 23rd
Monday, February 2nd

January 2015

Thursday, January 22nd
  • Reflections: What Matters to Me and Why
    • Talk titled "Stories That Connect People" by Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, Broom Prof. of Social Demography and Anthropology. Lunch provided.
    • 12:00 pm, Library Athenaeum

February 2013

Thursday, February 14th

January 2013

Saturday, January 26th
Wednesday, January 16th

October 2012

Thursday, October 25th
Tuesday, October 9th

May 2012

Tuesday, May 8th
  • Author Danielle McGuire public talk
    • Author Danielle McGuire will present a public talk about her book "At The Dark End of the Street." Pizza lunch provided.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 305

April 2012

Monday, April 23rd
Friday, April 13th
  • Convocation: Kwame Anthony Appiah
    • One of America's leading public intellectuals examines what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior.
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

February 2012

Monday, February 27th
  • Zoe Charlton, Artists Lecture
    • As a complement to the exhibition, 'A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art', featured Baltimore-based artist Charlton challenges notions of gender, race and class in vigorous figure drawings.
    • 7:30 pm, Weitz Cinema
Friday, February 10th
  • Convocation: Michelle Alexander
    • Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinic. Alexander challenges the conventional wisdom that with the election of Barack Obama as president, our nation has “triumphed over race.” Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status, much like their grandparents before them who lived under an explicit system of racial control. Alexander argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial under caste – a group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn, and social exclusion. The old forms of discrimination – discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public benefits; denial of the right to vote; and exclusion from jury service – are suddenly legal once you’re labeled a felon. She challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America. The title of her presentation is “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel
Thursday, February 9th
  • Prison Reform Week: Rob Stewart: "College Access and Incarceration"
    • Presentation from University of Minnesota student Rob Stewart on College Access after Incarceration. He will discuss his current research on college access and incarceration, as well as his own experience. Lunch will also be provided to those who attend on time. This is part of BSA's Prison Reform Week.
    • 12:00 pm, Leighton 304
  • Myron Orfield: Segregation in Schools and Housing in the Twin Cities
    • Myron Orfield, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School, will speak on Segregation in Schools and Housing in the Twin Cities.
    • 4:30 pm, Library Athenaeum
Tuesday, February 7th
Friday, February 3rd
  • Convocation: Shelton Johnson
    • Shelton Johnson is the author of Gloryland, the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier – a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves – who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903. Johnson is an advocate for bringing minorities, particularly African-Americans from the inner city, like himself, to the National Parks and connect them to the natural world. He claims that "one of the great losses to African culture from slavery was the loss of kinship with the earth." Although he was born in Detroit and spent much of his childhood there, early on he briefly lived in Germany where his father was stationed in the Army. A family trip to the Bavarian Alps planted a seed in him, a seed that was kept alive only through later experiences with nature via television and movie screens. He dreamed of mountains as a boy growing up in Detroit. While doing graduate study in poetry at the University of Michigan, Johnson applied to be a seasonal worker at Yellowstone thinking the park would provide a quiet place to work on his writing. That visit would change the course of his life and his career, which has spanned twenty-five years as a ranger with the National Park Service. He dedicated his work to this issue when he came upon the history of Buffalo Soldiers (the African-American regiments of the segregated U.S. Army at the turn of the 20th century) in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. For the past fifteen years Johnson has told the story of the Buffalo Soldiers in print, on camera, and in person. He has traveled to public schools throughout America, tracked down descendants of the soldiers, and authored an award-winning website. All the while, he has remained true to the reason he started this work. "I can’t forget that little black kid in Detroit," he says. "And I think of the other kids, just like me – in Detroit, Oakland, Watts, Anacostia – today. How do I get them here? How do I let them know that our national parks are part of their heritage, and that they own them like all Americans?" The title of his presentation is "Gloryland: Using History and Literature as Tools for Social Change.”
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel

January 2012

Tuesday, January 10th

May 2011

February 2011

Tuesday, February 22nd

January 2011

Wednesday, January 26th
Tuesday, January 25th
  • Joan Baez at Spring Hill College: A Study of Intersecting Histories
    • On May 7, 1963 Joan Baez gave a concert at Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama. This little-known performance takes on extraordinary significance when viewed from the intersection of multiple histories: social, musical, institutional, and personal. This presentation will reveal the larger meaning of this event using eyewitness accounts, photographs, and a precious unreleased live recording, which includes Baez’ comments on the racial climate. Presenter: Steve Kelly, Dye Family Professor of Music. Lunch provided for 50. Angelina Weld Grimke Brown Bag Conversation, co-sponsored with African/African-American Studies Program.
    • 11:45 am, Alumni Guest House Meeting Room

October 2010

Friday, October 22nd
Thursday, October 7th
  • Fall History Dept Herbert P. Lefler Talk, Dr. Kathleen Brown, U. Pennsylvania
    • We are delighted to announce that our History Department Fall Term Lefler speaker, Kathleen Brown, History Dept, U Penn, will present a talk on Thursday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m. in Leighton 304, "'Am I Not a Man and a Brother?' Anglo-American abolitionism and the concept of human rights." for more information.
    • 5:00 pm, Leighton 304
Friday, October 1st
  • Convocation: Rudolph Byrd
    • The Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies at Emory University, Rudolph Byrd began his academic career at Carleton College where he was a member of the Department of English and Chair of the Program of African and African American Studies. He joined the faculty of Emory University in 1991 and is the founding director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, established in 2007. Named for James Weldon Johnson, author, composer, educator, lawyer, diplomat, and pioneering leader in the modern civil rights movement, the Johnson Institute is the first institute at Emory University established to honor the achievements of an American of African descent. One of the premiere sites in the nation for the study of the modern civil rights movement, the work of the Johnson Institute is to offer a framework for understanding the history and legacy of civil rights, and to provide a context to explain the ways in which the civil rights movement continues to have relevance. The Johnson Institute is the home of the Alice Walker Literary Society, of which Byrd is the founding co-chair. An engaged scholar committed to service and scholarship at the local and national levels, Byrd is also a consultant to the United Negro College Fund/Andrew W. Mellon Programs. The title of his presentation is "Regarding James Weldon Johnson."
    • 10:50 am, Skinner Chapel