Mon., Jan 16, 1pm

“Manifest Your Destiny” Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration The commemoration ceremony is organized by the Dean of Students Office and the Howard Thurman Center. Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87) will make introductory remarks. Speakers include MLK Professor of Ethical Leadership Walter Fluker, Stefan Jones (CFA’12), Kemi Alabi (CAS’12), and African American Studies Asst. Professor Ruha Benjamin.

Wed., Feb 1, 4:30pm

The Slave Marriage Plot Tess Chakkalakal, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Bowdoin College. Co-sponsored by the Dept of English, the American and New England Studies Program, and the African American Studies Program at Boston University

Tues., Feb 7, 5pm

Black Feminist Ethics in Brazilian Social Movements Dr. Keisha Khan Perry, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University

Tue., Feb 28, 6-8pm

Black History Month Film Festival- “Black Power Mixtape 1967-75” Screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by BU Prof. Ruha Benjamin about the impact of the civil rights movement on social transformations around the world and about the relevance of black history for the black present. Co-sponsored by UMOJA and African American Studies.

Tue., March 6, 5pm

“I Am” Student Reflections on Blackness and Identity in the United States and the African Diaspora Panel Moderator: Dr. Linda Heywood, Professor of History and Director of the African American Studies Program

Thu., March 22, 5pm

Living with Lynching: African American Drama and Citizenship Dr. Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of English, American & New England Studies Program, and the African American Studies Program at Boston University.

Tue., April 10, 5pm

African American Artists and Writers in Paris (1900s-1960s): A New Found Freedom Dr. Francoise Pfaff, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, Howard University. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Romance Studies, the Dept of English, the George and Joyce Wein Fund, and the African American Studies Program

Wed., April 18, 4pm

The Liberation Movements and the Evolution of the Angolan State Domingos Jardo Muekalia

Thu/Fri., April 19-20, 9am-3pm

Symposium on African Americans and the Abrahamic Religions

Tue., May 1, 5pm

Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice Dr. Catherine Bliss, Dept. of Africana Studies and Science and Technology Studies, Brown University

For more information on the African American Studies Program, please contact Deirdre James, Program Administrator at or 617-358-1421.