Faculty Events

Monday, Sept. 28 | 6:00–7:00 PM EDT
Conscious Raising vs. Conscious Acting
The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground is proud to host the first in a series of panels addressing questions of justice, community, and racial reconciliation on Monday, September 28 at 6 pm. Moderated by Kenneth Elmore, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, “Conscious Raising vs. Conscious Acting” invites Drs. Ibram Kendi, Saida Grundy, Louis Chude-Sokei, and Paula Austin to dialogue about the state of equity and equality in the United States, and whether raising consciousness is enough to engender a truly just society.
Sponsor: The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
More info & registration here.

Monday, Oct. 5 | 5:30–6:30 PM EDT
Film Series: Protest Cinema
Join Prof. Jennifer Cazenave and Prof. Paula Austin for a conversation and Q&A about Charles Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep” (1978).
Sponsor: BU Cinema & Media Studies
More info & registration here.

Thursday, Oct. 22 | 12:00 PM EDT
Listening to History: Sound, Space, and Remembrance

Can sound help re-tell the story of colonization and histories of Africans in the contemporary world? In this online event, scholar, author and Director of BU’s African American Studies Program, Louis Chude-Sokei and famed Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh, will discuss their sound recording and art installation practices. Can the medium of sound point to new ways to remember and grapple with the past?
Sponsors: The Goethe Institut, Monument Lab, and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
More info & registration here.

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.

Tues., Oct. 27 | 7:00  PM EDT
The Vote! A Discussion of Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed
Speakers: Professor Paula Austin & director Shola Lynch
Sponsor: Reading Public Library
More info & registration here. Watch the film prior to the discussion with your BU Kerberos login or Reading Library Account (or other library account) through the streaming service Kanopy.

Fri., Oct 30 | 12:00 PM EDT
Sociology Speakers Series: Reparations and Restorative Justice w/ Dr. Joyce Hope Scott
University of Pittsburg Department of Sociology, Department of Africana Studies, Global Studies Center, and World History Center.
More info & registration here.

Mon., Nov. 2 | 12:15–2:00 PM EST
The Rise and Expansion of the Lunda Empire
A Walter Rodney Lecture Series event
Speaker: Dr. John Thornton, Professor of History & African American Studies, Boston University
Sponsor: BU African Studies Center
Free and open to the public, but registration is required. More info here.

Tues., Nov. 17 | 2:00–3:30 PM EST
Book Talk with Louis Chude-Sokei and Dylon Lamar Robbins
Join us for a Book Talk with Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English, George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies, and Director of the African American Studies Program at Boston University, and Dylon Lamar Robbins, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU. Chude-Sokei will present The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics. Robbins will present Audible Geographies in Latin America: Sounds of Race and Place. Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Associate Professor of Music and Chair, Musicology & Ethnomusicology at Boston University, and Adela Pineda, Professor of Spanish & Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Boston University, will respond.
Sponsor: BU Center for Latin American Studies
This event will take place via Zoom. More info & registration here.

Fri., 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 Program, BU Center for Latin American Studies, the BU Arts Initiative and BU Dept. of Musicology & Ethnomusicology
More info & registration 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
Registration coming soon.