Calendar of Events |  Fall 2020

Tues., Oct. 27 | 6:00 PM EDT
Activism and the Role of Black Women
Speakers: Bree Newsome, Activist, Writer, Artist; Gabby Williams, WNBA Player, Chicago Sky; Dr. Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor, Boston University
Moderator: Marisa Moseley, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, Boston University
Register for the event here.

Thurs., Oct. 29 | 4:30–5:45 PM EDT
Islam, Race, and COVID-19: A Conversation
Panelists: Shabana Mir, American Islamic College; Kameelah Rashad, Muslim Wellness Foundation; and Donna Auston, Rutgers University
Moderator: Kecia Ali, Boston University
More info & registration here.

Wed., Nov. 18 | 1-2:30 PM EST
How to Live Free in an Age of Pessimism
This talk by Neil Roberts features pieces from his next book that examines what it means to live free, the challenges of genres of pessimism, and finally provides a way forward for the pessimistic. The lecture and subsequent group discussion focus particular attention on the recent national and global uprisings regarding the Movement for Black Lives, white supremacy, monuments, and antiracism. Roberts invites us all to think about not only how we ‘get’ free, but also how we ‘live’ free.
Sponsors: BU Political Science and BU African American Studies
Location: Online via Zoom
Poster here: Student Speaker Series – Prof. Neil Roberts

Friday, Nov. 20 | 7:00–8:30 PM EST
Afro-Colombian Music, Culture & Politics: Concert with Canalón de Timbiquí
This Conversational Concert brings together Grupo Canalón and Afro-Colombian music expert and Chair of BU Musicology & Ethnomusicology Michael Birenbaum Quintero to perform and talk about about Afro-Colombian music and culture, and the issues of race, history, politics, and economic development that affect Black life in Colombia.
Sponsors: BU African American Studies, BU Latin American Studies, the BU Arts Initiative and BU Musicology & Ethnomusicology
Free and open to the public with registration. Register here.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 6–7:00 PM EST
Afro-LatinX: Then and Now
Given the current crises of race and immigration in America in and around the COVID-19 pandemic and state-sponsored xenophobia, Michael Birenbaum Quintero and Trent Masiki, moderated by Angélica María Sánchez Barona, will engage the complexities of Afro-LatinX identities and cultural production in this context.  What are the different histories and experiences that contribute to the very notion of Afro/Latin/X and what do they reveal about our transnational moment and our transition to a browner America?
Speakers: Michael Birenbaum Quintero and Trent Masiki, moderated by Angélica María Sánchez Barona
Free and open to the public with registration. Link coming soon.


To Be Rescheduled:
Writing Black Lives- A Symposium 
Keynote speaker: Pulitzer prize-winning author, Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart
Presenters: Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies and Dr. Kerri Greenidge
Sponsors: African American Studies Program, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, BU Center for the Humanities.
Location: Event Space at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, 808 Commonwealth Ave., Brookline MA
Please register for the event on Eventbrite here.

To Be Rescheduled:
Writing Black Lives Exhibit at the BU Libraries Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
Exhibit features first editions from 18th century black writers, Phillis Wheatley and Harriet Jacobs; correspondence and writings from journalists, scholar-activists, and poets, including William Monroe Trotter, Martin Luther King Jr., Adelaide Cromwell, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, and Afaa Michael Weaver, as well as artifacts from the collections of theologian and former Dean of Marsh Chapel Howard Thurman and many others.
Location: Mugar Memorial Library, Richards-Frost Room, 1st Floor, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA