Fall 2021

Wednesday, September 22nd | 1:00-2:30
Black Aliveness and the Commons
Kevin Quashie, Brown University
Virtual Zoom
Political Science Students’ Speaker Series presents Professor Kevin Quashie. We invite all who join to read his works Black Lyric Privacy and Black Aliveness, or a Poetics of Being Introduction.
 Political Science Department, African American Studies, English Department

Sunday, September 26th
Religion & (Breaking) Boundaries – A Virtual Conference

Online: Virtual, register here
The Boston University Graduate program in Religion Student Association invites you to attend their 2021 virtual graduate student conference on the study of religion. The event will feature a keynote address from Prof. Sarah McFarland Taylor of Northwestern University.
Co-sponsors: Department of Religion, African American Studies, Department of Sociology, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

Friday, October 1st
| 4:00-7:00
Black2BU Welcome reception and Alumni weekend
Welcoming everyone back to campus after a long time apart. Join us for music, Caribbean food, snacks and a good time! 4pm- Snacks by Sweet Teez, 4:15pm- Performance by Sabor Latino, 5pm- Food by Jamaica Mi Hungry, 6pm- Performance by Bombazo Boricua. Indoor/outdoor event. Register here.
Location: African American Studies Program Building, 138 Mountfort St., Brookline MA


Monday, October 4th | 12:10-1:40
Student-led discussion of Louis Chude-Sokei’s essay, “In Praise of Racist Books: Notes of an Immigrant Reader”
Join the English department for a student-led discussion of Louis Chude-Sokei’s thought-provoking essay, “In Praise of Racist Books: Notes of an Immigrant Reader.” Max Chapnick and Iris Zheng will share their thoughts about this essay in their conversation with Professor Chude-Sokei. They are likely to connect the essay to the role played by books in Professor Chude-Sokei’s Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir (2021).
Location: CGS 527

Tuesday, October 19th | 5:00-6:30
Tender Black Feelings: A Conversation on Pedagogy and Research 
Talk by Ianna Hawkins Owen, Asst. Professor of English and African American Studies and Takeo Rivera, Asst. Professor of English
African American Studies Program Building, 138 Mountfort St., Brookline MA


November 12-13, 2021
An Emerging Scholars Program: Addressing Systemic Racism in Health and Medicine
Boston University Department of Anthropology, with the support of the Wheelock School for Education’s Education for Equity and Democracy program and the BU Medical School’s master’s program in Medical Anthropology and Cross Cultural Practice, will host an emerging scholars program dedicated to scholarship on systemic racism in health and medicine.

Wednesday, December 1st | 5:30 PM
Patrice Rankine, Professor, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
Virtual, Register to receive the streaming URL
Professor Rankine is the author of Ulysses in Black: Ralph Ellison, Classicism, and African American Literature. Faculty and students are encouraged to read his article in advance of the talk: “The Classics, Race, and Community-Engaged or Public Scholarship” (2019)
Co-sponsors: Classics Department, the Core Curriculum, African American Studies and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor

Spring 2022

Thursday, February 24th | 5 PM
Early Black Futures: Old Technology, Hopeful Speculation, and Childhood Dreams
Brigitte Fielder, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Location: Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), RKC Room 101, 610 Commonwealth Ave
Co-sponsors: English Department, African American Studies Program, American and New England Studies Program

March 3rd, 2022 | 5:30 PM
Cicero with Local Applications: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Views of the Ancient Mediterranean at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Mathias Hanses, Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS), Penn State University
In person, location TBA
Classics Department, the Core Curriculum, African American Studies and the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor

March 17- 18, 2022
Critical University Studies Symposium: Legacies of Slavery and Settler Colonialism
The History Department and African American Studies Program at Boston University are excited to host a two-day symposium that will: reflect on the historical role of U.S. universities in establishing and perpetuating racial inequalities, white supremacy, settler colonialism, and explore approaches for researching, teaching, and addressing past injustices on campuses and in the academy more broadly.
Call for Papers: Proposals due October 18th, 2021
Location: Trustee’s Ballroom
Co-sponsors: History Department, African American Studies Program

March 2022 TBA

American Studies for the Future Series
Cheryl Hicks
Sponsors: American & New England Studies Program, BU Center for the Humanities,  CAS Dean, CAS Associate Dean of the Humanities, CAS Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, African American Studies Program, Department of History, and the Department of English.

May 13-15, 2022

 “Then You Don’t Want Me”: Canonizing Gayl Jones –  A Virtual Symposium
Virtual Register here.
Organized by Ianna Hawkins Owen (Boston University), Kianna Middleton (UC San Diego), Tala Khanmalek (CSU Fullerton)
This symposium seeks to expand the ongoing conversation regarding Gayl Jones’ work and to facilitate interdisciplinary communion with her archive. Centrally, this symposium asks: what trouble does Jones produce for the canon of Black feminist literature? Of course, “canon” is a formation that straddles intentional and de facto boundaries. As such, we also come at the concerns of canonicity from the vantage point of keywords (for example “blackness” or “woman”) in order to ask, How does Jones rework, shape, or undo some of the central terms of African Diaspora Studies and Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Disability Studies, and beyond?