Spring 2019 Lecture Series: Mukoma Wa Ngugi

March 22nd, 2019 in Uncategorized

On Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 5 pm in the African American Studies Program Building Associate Professor at Cornell University, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, will be joining us as guest in the spring 2019 lecture series. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn more about his recent work; The Rise of the African Novel and Decolonial Hierarchies: Politics of Language and Identity.

Afrofuturism & Black Speculative Arts: Expo and Symposium

March 21st, 2019 in Uncategorized

Join us for an afternoon filled with art that explores the multi-faceted topic of Afrofuturism. We will hear from local groups, such as the Comics in Color collective, as well as speakers from all over the continent. BSAMPosterImg

We anticipate that many guests will come and go throughout the event depending on their work and/or class obligations. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit the Eventbrite link to get your tickets:

Featured speakers and collectives:

Black Speculative Arts Movement
Organization website.

Comics in Color
Collective of comic creators of color in Boston
Profile article from WBUR.

Reynaldo Anderson
Critic, Editor, Activist and co-founder of BSAM, Harris-Stowe State University
Professional website.

Andrea Hairston
Science Fiction Playwright & Novelist, Smith College
Professional website.

David Kirkman
Filmmaker, Saint Louis Missouri
Trailer for his film, “Static,” which will be screened at this event

Stacey Robinson,
Visual Artist and Curator, U of Illinois
Bio and work samples

Sheree Renee Thomas,
Writer, Poet and Editor

Quentin Vercetty,
New Media Visual Artist and Storyteller, Montreal
Professional website

Funded in part by an Arts Grant from the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost” bu.edu/arts

Q&A with Director Chude-Sokei

February 15th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Dr. Louis Chude-Sokei has been featured in the Faculty Friday series by the Initiatives on Cities here at BU. He discusses urban development, his most recent book, and more. Check it out here.

Upcoming Event: $5 or Less AFAM Book Sale

February 1st, 2019 in Uncategorized

Upcoming Event: Black Power & Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color

February 1st, 2019 in Uncategorized

Fall 2018 Sociology Seminar Series

November 9th, 2018 in Uncategorized

On Monday November 12th at 12pm in the Sociology Department Rm 241, we encourage everyone to come to Sociology’s upcoming seminar series featuring Robert Eschmann. In this seminar, he will be discussing how the internet plays a role in the way people form responses to microaggressions.

Small Magazines and Black Internationalism: Corridors of Storytelling

October 30th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Join us on November 6th for a lecture from Dr. Christopher Ouma of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He will discuss contemporary African small magazines in lateral and multi-directional relationships to early twentieth century and interwar black print cultures, as well as those that emerged in the period of Cold War, like Transition and Black Orpheus, exploring how black print cultures are used as platforms of Pan-Africanism and Black Internationalism.

Louis Chude-Sokei speaks to BU Arts & Sciences magazine

October 30th, 2018 in Uncategorized

AFAM Studies Program Director, Louis Chude-Sokei speaks to BU Arts & Sciences magazine about his work and plans for the African American Studies Program.

Think of African American studies and robots probably aren’t what comes to mind. But the new director of CAS’ African American Studies Program points out that the way we think about robots and artificial intelligence today is the same way white people once thought about black people. In fact, he says, the word robot was coined by a Czech playwright, from an old Slavonic word for forced labor.

“Do they have intellect? Do they have souls? Can they make choices? Are they human? Now, where have we heard these questions before?” says Louis Chude-Sokei, a professor of English and holder of the George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies. He’s also the editor-in-chief of The Black Scholar, ranked by Princeton as the top journal of black studies in the United States. …more.

Screening of “Gurumbé: Afroandalusian Memories”

October 29th, 2018 in Uncategorized

2019 Spring Break Cuba Trip & Course

October 29th, 2018 in Uncategorized

We’re so excited to announce our annual trip to Cuba is back again. This year, it is in collaboration with CFA’s Ethnomusicology Department. The alternative spring break trip will allow students to explore the history, politics, and culture of Havana, Cuba.

Please email afamcuba@bu.edu for more information.