In her recent interview with New Books Network, Professor Linda Heywood spoke about her new book, “Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen,” a biography that highlights the political and military power that Njinga possessed during her rein as Queen of Angola in the early 1600s.
Congratulations to Ms. Morgan Barry (right) for winning the University “Award for Writing Excellence in the Humanities in Honor of Robert E. Charm” for her essay titled “The Attitudes of the Men will be Tested: Angolan Women’s Emancipation in Revolution and Civil War.” The essay was written for Professor Linda Heywood’s (center) class CAS AA/HI 588: “Women, Culture and Power in Africa.” Fellow student Ms. Annalise Routenberg is pictured on the left.
Congratulations to Salimata Isobel Diakité (COM ’18) for writing the winning essay, “Hatshepsut; A Conscious Forgetting.” for the 2017 African American Studies Alumni and Friends Undergraduate Essay Prize! Ms. Diakité will be recognized by Dr. Mary Anne Boelcskevy at the AFAM Convocation on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM at 138 Mountfort Street Brookline, MA. All are welcome to attend the event!
Join us on May 2nd at 5:00pm in the African American Studies Program Building for a Roundtable Discussion on Cuba where scholars and fellows who study Cuba will provide their perspectives on the island and its future. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Cuban politics, economics, society, culture, etc., and to engage in a lively discussion with faculty and students on what the future holds for Cuba and its position in the world.
Watch this inspirational short video from the conference, American Evolution Virginia to America 1619-2019, that features Professor Heywood in her talk on Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen where she is quoted saying:
“I always tell my students…that I’m looking at Africans as they became American.”
Click here to watch the video.
April 24, 2017
BU’s Afro-Latin Music of the Americas (ALMA) Ensemble and Omnivorous Global Music Ensemble will be holding a joint concert Saturday April 29th at 1 pm.
The Global Music Ensemble, directed by Prof. Marié Abé performs unique interpretations & arrangements of musics from the world over, including Ethiopian jazz, Brazilian tropicalia, lost village songs from Chernobyl (Ukraine), folk tunes from Turkey, Macedonia, popular Romani song from Serbia, and free improvisation based on John Zorn’s game piece Cobra.
ALMA Ensemble, directed by Prof Michael Birenbaum Quintero, is dedicated to educating the BU community about the cultural legacy and social realities of the descendants of Africans in Latin America. ALMA performs a repertoire of Afro-Latin American secular and spiritual genres. This semester’s program includes music from Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, and two different regional traditions in Colombia.
Congratulations to Professor Heywood on her successful book signing at the Harvard Bookstore. There, Professor Heywood went in-depth to talk about her recent book Njinga of Angola, Africa’s Warrior Queen to the audience. Stay tuned for more upcoming events regarding Professor Heywood’s new book. Make sure you grab a copy yourself!
Join us in welcoming Orly Clerge, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University, who will give a lecture on “Racial Spectrums: Distinction Among the Multiethnic Black Middle Class” on Tuesday, April 18th at 5pm in the African American Studies Program Building (138 Mountfort St. Brookline, MA).
Join us in welcoming Francoise Pfaff, Professor Emerita of French and Francophone Studies at Howard University on Thursday, April 20th at 5pm in the African American Studies Program Building (138 Mountfort St. Brookline, MA), where she will present her own biographical narrative to show how, for some individuals, the process of identity formation can be a lifelong endeavor and may, in fact, never end. Professor Pfaff will also reveal how this evolving process depends on your age, professional occupation, the social group within which you find yourself, the historical framework of your personal story, and the geographical space you occupy at given times in your life.
Don’t miss out on this fascinating opportunity to hear Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, give a lecture on “Images of Africa and the History of Race in America” on Monday, April 24th at 5:30pm in the GSU Conference Auditorium, 2nd floor (775 Commonwealth Ave) at Boston University.
Please make sure to RSVP in Eventbrite.