Carole Boyce Davies:The Black Left Feminism of Claudia Jones

Originally broadcast Tuesday, March 9th 2021

Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters in the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915–1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist. Jones is buried in London’s Highgate Cemetery, to the left of Karl Marx—a location that Boyce Davies finds fitting given how Jones expanded Marxism-Leninism to incorporate gender and race in her political critique and activism.

Voices of Black Mobilization in Boston: From Busing to Black Lives Matter

Originally broadcast Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

This round-table discussion will present diverse perspectives on the history of Black mobilization in Boston–bringing together community leaders who have been doing the work, from organizing around civil rights and the school desegregation in the 1960s and ‘70s to today’s struggle for Black empowerment. Our current political climate compels us to reflect on the lessons of past decades of Black mobilization, to be informed about the issues Black Bostonians face in 2018, and to discuss as a community some of the efforts underway to confront those issues.

Stealing Culture: The Complicated Politics of Cultural Appropriation

Originally broadcast Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Stealing Culture: The Complicated Politics of Cultural Appropriation” aims to not only examine cultural appropriation from a variety of unconventional perspectives, but to engage current tensions around race and culture on college campuses. Topics to include, African-Americans appropriating African culture, or ethnic minorities appropriating other minority cultures, to broader questions of cultural ownership in the context of racism and inequality. This student-led forum and panel discussion will deepen traditional conversations on race via new cultural tensions and exchanges.

Rachel Edwards, CAS ’20, Sociology and African American Studies
Donavon Young, CAS ’19, Economics and African American Studies

Special Guest:
Dr. Adrienne Keene, Asst. Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University
Author of

Dr. Louis Chude-Sokei, Professor of English, George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies, African American Studies Program Director
Dr. Saida Grundy, Asst. Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University
Dr. Joseph Rezek, Associate Professor of English, Boston University
Dr. Takeo Rivera, Asst. Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Boston University

Race, Politics, and Social Media: A Symposium

Boston University’s African American Studies Program presents Race, Politics, and Social Media: A Symposium. Hosted in Boston, MA on Friday, December 8th, 2017, the symposium was a series of discussions on the impact and consequences of race in social media and on corresponding attempts to deploy social media in anti-racist activism and politics.

Event Archive:

Pornography, Perversion, Play: Black Women and Radical Sex

Originally broadcast Monday, February 26, 2018

Moderated by: Kirin Wachter-Grene, Language lecturer, NYU’s Expository Writing Program

Our Speakers are: Mireille Miller-Young, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Ariane Cruz, Associate Professor of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University

In Your Own Words: Student Spoken Word Event

Originally broadcast Thursday, February 22, 2018

Our performers are:
Dev Blair – CFA ’19
Jessica Samuel – American Studies PHD Program
Lynae Bogues – African American Studies Masters Program


Several African American Studies Program lectures have been broadcast as a part of “Boston University World of Ideas” on WBUR.  A complete list is available here, and the most recent are below:

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Originally broadcast Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our speaker is Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Assistant Professor of African American History at The University of Florida

Black Lives Matter: From Conflict to Healing – a panel discussion

Originally broadcast Monday, December 5, 2016

Our panelists are:
Keith Magee, Director, Social Justice Institute, Visiting Researcher, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Hank Knight, Director, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean, Boston University School of Theology
Simon Payaslian, Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature, Dept of History, Boston University
Desiré Hinkson, (CFA ’18), BU African American Studies Program minor

The Legacies of Jim Crow: Race, Recognition, and the Making of the Modern University

Originally broadcast Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Our speaker is Jonathan HollowayEdmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies , Yale University