Invitation to a Book Release and Reception!

Published: April 8th, 2015

You are Cordially Invited to the
African Americans in US Foreign Policy:

From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama 

Book Release and Reception

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The African Presidential Center
141 Bay State Road Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Hosted by:
Ambassador Charles Stith | Professor Linda Heywood |
Dr. Joshua C. Yesnowitz | Professor Allison Blakely

Pre-ordered copies of the book will be available to pick up at the reception. Purchase additional copies for $20, contact Markita Latimer-Sport at 617-353-5452 or via email
This one time 30% discount will be available only for those attending.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to or 617-353-5452 by April 10, 2015

Impact of mass incarceration on voting rights forum discusses key issues and possible solutions

Published: April 8th, 2015


Gina Physic (GRS’15) and Art Gordon (STH ’16) present a framework for the discussion.


Rosa Otieno (CAS ’15) asks questions of panelists.


Panelists:(L to R) Dr. Philippe Copeland, Dr. Frank Carney, Joe Barrett, Shelley Brown, Rev. Willie Bodrick II, and Moderator, Sheneese Thompson (GRS ’15)


Check out our Facebook page and link to Daily Free press article on last night’s panel discussion.

African Americans in US Foreign Policy Book event

Published: April 6th, 2015

“African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy:From the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama”

Book launch event is scheduled for:

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:30 -7:30 PM.

The event will take place at The African Presidential Center at

Boston University located at 141 Bay State Road Boston, MA 02215.

Edited by Allison Blakely, Linda Heywood, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz, this 264 page publication comes in two editions – paper & cloth – and can be purchased here. The warehouse at University of Illinois Press (UIP) has already started shipping orders. This book is based upon the conference held at BU in fall 2010.

George White Jr., author of Holding the Line: Race, Racism, and American Foreign Policy toward Africa, 1953–1961, describes the book as one that “sheds light on understudied but timely phenomena at the intersection of race and U.S. foreign relations and does so in new and exciting ways. Expands the chronological and thematic scopes of existing works, making it truly original. I am convinced that this book will intervene in many scholarly conversations for years to come by offering something truly unique.”

Space is limited. Please RSVP to or 617-353-5452 by April 10, 2015.

Greg Grandin, NYU Professor of History, will lecture on “The Empire of Necessity: Herman Melville and the Problem of New World Slavery.”

Published: April 6th, 2015

AMNESP’s 2014-15 “American Conversations” Lecture Series, “New England and the World,” supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.

Greg Grandin, NYU Professor of History, will lecture on “The Empire of Necessity: Herman Melville and the Problem of New World Slavery.”

Professor Grandin, author of the much acclaimed book, Fordlandia, will discuss his recent book on the historical circumstances surrounding Herman Melville’s 1855 novel Benito Cereno, a tale based on an 1805 slave ship uprising off the coast of Chile. Just last month, Professor Grandin’s book was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize in American history.
See attached flyer. Greg Grandin Flyer

When: Thursday, April 16, 5 pm
Where: 121 Bay State Road (Pardee School of Global Studies), Lecture Room, 1st Floor
Reception to follow

Panel Discussion – 50 Years Later: A Discussion on Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration in 2015

Published: April 1st, 2015

Great event yesterday! Thanks to all for joining in the discussion!

VtgMassIncarcerationpicJoin us on April 7th (Tuesday) between 5 & 7pm for a panel discussion on the topic ’50 Years Later: A Discussion on Voting Rights and Mass Incarceration in 2015′

The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Although it is nice to look back at how far we’ve come, it is also vital that we continue to discuss issues that remain. One of the most pressing of these issues is mass incarceration. 

The panel discussion on April 7th will be a forum to discuss the ways that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the current state of mass incarceration in America inform one another and intersect with other important social, public health, and criminal justice issues.

Event Organizers: Art Gordon STH ’15, Gina Physic GRS ’15, Sheneese Thompson GRS ’15, and Rosa Otieno CAS ’15

Here’s a look at some of the panelists:
- Joe Barrett, Massachusetts Field Manager, Petey Greene Program
- Rev. Willie Bodrick II, Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church
- Shelley Brown, Clinical Instructor, BU Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
– Dr. Frank Carney, Lecturer, BU Metropolitan College
– Dr. Philippe Copeland, Clinical Asst. Professor, BU School of Social Work

  • This event will take place in the Boston University School of Theology, Room B19.
  • It is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there! Spread the word through your choice of social media – Facebook, Twitter or even an Instagram shoutout with #BU #AFAM in your post!

Sheneese Thompson at the 2015 ASCAC Conference

Published: March 26th, 2015


On March 21st, BU AFAM Master’s student, Sheneese Thompson (GRS ’15) traveled to the 2015 Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) Ancient Kemetic Studies Conference to present her paper, “Hatshepsut: Reinstating the Femininity of the Pharaoh,”.

Thompson’s paper challenged notions of the female pharaoh’s gender as problematic, and therefore a threat to her legitimacy. Instead, Thompson’s paper asserted that Hatshepsut’s program of legitimacy rested squarely on the concept of theogamy: that the pharaoh should be the product of a divine union between the god (as embodied by the pharaoh) and a royal woman. Thompson argued that Hatshepsut could make that claim, whereas here co-regent, Djehutimose III, could not. Hatshepsut, therefore,assumed the throne as the most qualified candidate, her gender (or biological sex) not withstanding.  

BU Cuba Alternative Spring Break Course

Published: March 20th, 2015

Experiencing Cuba: History, Politics, and Culture

The Boston University Alternative Spring Break to Cuba was extraordinary! Thirteen BU students participated in this journey with the guidance of Professors Linda Heywood, John Thornton, and Ana Maria Reyes. During this unforgettable experience, the students were immersed in Cuba’s history and society through a series of tours, lectures, and cultural events.

Read more:


“Slavery, Conquest and the Rise of the American College” – A Talk by Craig S. Wilder.

Published: March 12th, 2015


Join us on March 17th, Tuesday for an engaging talk on the topic “Slavery, Conquest and the Rise of the American College” by MIT Professor Craig S. Wilder. The event starts at 5pm & will be taking place in the BU AFAM Studies Building.

Prof. Wilder is a Professor of History and the Head of History Faculty at MIT School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences. He studies American urban, intellectual, and cultural history.  Read more about him here.

This event is free of charge and open to all. Spread the word & see you there!

Feb Film Series comes to an end!

Published: February 21st, 2015



Feb Film Series’ final screening: Andrew L. Stone’s “Stormy Weather”

Join us for a screening of the film “Stormy Weather”(1943) this Tuesday, Feb 24th (RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 3rd).

It will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Dr. Mary Anne Boelcskevy, Sr. Lecturer at BU AFAM studies.

The event will take place at the BU AFAM Studies Building – 138 Mountfort Street and it is free & open to all.

The two other screenings we’ve had in relation to Black History Month are King Vidor’s “Hallelujah” and “Bronze Buckaroo”. If you weren’t able to make it to those two, this is your last chance at attending this fun and informative event!


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A Tribute to Roland Hayes

Published: February 10th, 2015


In the words of Barbara Brown, Chair of the Hidden Brookline Committee “It’s long past time for Roland Hayes to be widely known and appreciated again”.

On Sunday March 15th, the Hidden Brookline Committee is organizing a tribute to American lyric tenor & composer Roland Hayes at Unity Boston at Christ’s Church, Longwood. One of the first African-American male concert artists to receive wide acclaim both at home and internationally, Hayes was widely lauded for his abilities and linguistic skills with songs in French, German and Italian.


The concert will feature the talents of Reverend Liz Walker, Emcee & Robert Honeysucker, Baritone. His great grandson Wenc Bogdanoff, a classical singer, will close the program.

While the concert is free, seating is limited so make sure you reserve a seat at

Hayes lived in Brookline for 50 years and this concert is the first step in Hidden Brookline Committee’s effort to establish a permanent memorial to him in the town he loved. So come show your support & spread the word!