“Slavery and Africa in Brazilian Public and Popular Memory” by Ana Lucia Araújo

Published: November 15th, 2014


Join us on Nov 18th, Tuesday at 5.30pm for an informative talk by Ana Lucia Araùjo with respondent, Jeffrey W. Rubin on ‘Slavery & Africa in Brazilian Public and Popular Memory’. This is Part One in a series of “Conversations on Slavery, Memory and Culture: the Making of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Society” sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities and African American Studies.

anaAna Lucia Araújo
Professor of History at Howard University

 Ana Lucia Araújo is a historian and Professor in the Department of History at Howard University, Washington DC. Her work explores the history and the memory of slavery in the Atlantic world. She is the author of the books Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014) and Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010), as well as Romantisme Tropical: L’aventure d’un peintre français au Brésil, whose versions in Portuguese and in English will be published next year respectively by the Press of the University of São Paulo and the University of New Mexico Press. She also edited Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space ​(2012), Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities and Images (2011), and Living History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery (2009). She is the editor of the book series Slavery: Past and Present, by Cambria Press.

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Jeffrey W. Rubin
Associate Professor of History at Boston University

Jeffrey Rubin is the author of Decentering the Regime: Ethnicity, Radicalism, and Democracy in Juchitán, Mexico (Duke University Press, 1997) and numerous articles and book chapters on social movements and politics in Mexico and Brazil. His current research on democracy and grassroots innovation in Brazil examines the participatory budgeting project in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, the rural women’s movement in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the Afro Reggae Cultural Group in Rio de Janeiro, and the national Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST).

Rubin has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers, and the Center for Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research on Brazil has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the American Philosophical Society.

 NOTE: The event will be taking place at the George Sherman Union, Terrace Lounge, 2nd Floor 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215

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“Engaging Domestic Audiences on US Foreign Policy Issues” by Karen Richardson

Published: November 3rd, 2014


We kickstart this month of our Fall Lecture Series with a session by Karen Richardson on Nov 11th, Tuesday at 5pm . She will be addressing the topic of US Foreign Policy Issues from a domestic audience perspective.

Karen Richardson is a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. From January 2009 to February 2014, she worked at the White House as Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement. In this role, she was responsible for developing and managing domestic outreach to NGOs, advocacy organizations, and constituency groups, in close coordination with the White House National Security Staff, to promote the President’s position on a broad range of foreign policy issues. In this capacity, Richardson was also an advisor to Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on international issues, including managing Ms. Jarrett’s involvement in international gender policy development in her role as Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Richardson was also Senior Advisor to Melanne Verveer, formerly the Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, at the U.S. Department of State.

Richardson began working for President Obama at his Senate Office in August 2005, serving as Deputy to the Policy Director. Shortly after Obama announced his presidential run, Richardson joined the Obama for America campaign as the State Policy Director for Iowa, a role she assumed in several states throughout the presidential primary. In July 2008 Richardson became the Policy Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and also joined the DNC as part of then-Senator Obama’s Congressional Liaison team. After the presidential general election, she joined the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Los Angeles, California, Richardson has a BA from Howard University, a JD from Howard University School of Law, and a Masters in International Affairs from the London School of Economics.

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This event is a part of Boston University’s International Education Week 2014.

“Between Translation and Conversion: Missionary Images of Kongo and Angola”

Published: October 28th, 2014

Lecture on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM at African American Studies 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA

Cécile Fromont is an assistant professor of Art History at the University of Chicago specializing in the arts, religion, and visual culture of the early modern southern Atlantic with a special focus on Kongo, Angola, and Brazil between the 16th and 19th century. Her first book, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo will be published in the Fall of 2014. 

7×9: Protest Against Solitary Confinement in Prisons

Published: October 17th, 2014

From 8 p.m. on Oct. 14 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, campuses around the Northeast participated in a performance arts vigil rallying against solitary confinement in American prison systems. Participating campuses included Harvard University, Princeton University, Brandeis University, Suffolk University, Boston University and Rutgers University.

To read more about this event, click here.

“Misremembering Dr. King” Book signing with Jennifer Yanco

Published: October 14th, 2014

Wed., Oct. 15 6:30 pm

Misremembering Dr. King” – author event at BU Barnes and Noble Bookstore

Reading and Book signing with author, Jennifer J. Yanco, PhD Visiting Researcher at Boston University African Studies Center. Sponsored by the BU African American Studies Program.

Location: BU Barnes and Noble Bookstore 5th Floor, 660 Beacon St, Boston

The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University is pleased to present

Alumni Weekend Event | “Naming and Remembering: The First Africans in America”

Published: September 12th, 2014

Join us Friday as we read the names of the first African Americans who were transported from Atlantic Africa, who survived the horrors of the Middle Passage, endured enslavement during the first sixty years in British and Dutch America, and who established the foundations of African Diasporic communities in the United States and the British Caribbean.

All are welcome to attend and take part in the reading.

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RSVP Here for the AFAM Naming Event - Sept 19, 5-6:30 pm

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Welcome, new AFAM MA Students!

Published: September 6th, 2014

Dear new students at BU African American Studies – WELCOME to the program, Boston University and Fall 2014!

To commemorate all these welcomes, we are organizing a Welcome Back Reception on Tuesday, Sept 9th 2014 at 4pm. This event will include the first of the Fall Lecture Series and Events – a talk by Dr. Mark Auslander.

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This event is open to all students and public.

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Ta Nehisi-Coates on Reparations for Ferguson

Published: August 19th, 2014

Author, Ta Nehisi-Coates speaks out in his blog about Ferguson here :

Excerpt below:

…Among the many relevant facts for any African-American negotiating their relationship with the police the following stands out: The police departments of America are endowed by the state with dominion over your body. This summer in Ferguson and Staten Island we have seen that dominion employed to the maximum ends—destruction of the body. This is neither new nor extraordinary. It does not matter if the destruction of your body was an overreaction. It does not matter if the destruction of your body resulted from a misunderstanding. It does not matter if the destruction of your body springs from foolish policy. Sell cigarettes without proper authority and your body can be destroyed. Resent the people trying to entrap your body and it can be be destroyed. Protect the home of your mother and your body can be destroyed. Visit the home of your young daughter and your body will be destroyed. The destroyers of your body will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions….

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

The assault on civil rights continues…

Published: August 18th, 2014

From the African American Studies Program-

The recent alarming news of the killing of young Black men by police in New York, Los Angeles, and Ferguson, Missouri, as well as other less publicized cases elsewhere in the country, should make clear to all that the struggle for African American racial justice and inclusion is far from over.  We, in the African American Studies Program, wish to express our solidarity with all of the victims of this police violence—the young men, their families, and their communities, and we insist that the country finally awaken to end this continued assault on civil rights.

UMOJA at the National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality

Published: August 15th, 2014

On Thursday, August 14 at 7:00PM, people in the the city of Boston headed over to the Boston Common so they could partake in the National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality. Though at this time of the year, not many Boston University affiliates are on campus, or even in the state, those who were around joined the demonstration.  Below are photos of a few members of Boston University’s Black Student Union, UMOJA, that got a chance to participate.