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June 2018

Department of African American Studies Commencement Celebration

June 16 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
UCLA Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditorium 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Congratulations! The faculty and staff of the Department of African American Studies are looking forward to sharing this wonderful occasion with you. Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 Time: 11:30 A.M. Location: Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditorium Ticket Information: Students may request up to 4 complimentary tickets for the Department of African American Studies Ceremony. An additional four tickets per student are available at $12.00/each. You should ONLY order tickets for your guests - you do not need a ticket for yourself. Depending on how many…

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May 2018

‘Race and the Totalitarian Century’ with Vaughn Rasberry

May 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UCLA Bunche Hall 6275

Race and the Totalitarian Century  A discussion with author Vaughn Rasberry  moderated by Justin Desmangles  Winner of the Ralph J. Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association, and the American Book Award, from the Before Columbus Foundation, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination,  shows how a group of black writers challenged Cold War liberalism’s conceit that it stood in stark opposition to totalitarianism (Nazism and Stalinism).  Writers such as Richard Wright, W. E. B. Du Bois,…

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Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life

May 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California African American Museum

UCLA's Department of African American Studies, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Department of Urban Planning, and Department of Sociology present Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life with authors Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson in conversation with Scot Brown, Alma Burrell, Lynnée Denise, Frankie “Kash” Waddy Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 6:00pm-9:00pm California African American Museum | 600 State Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90037  Free and open to the public. Chocolate Cities Flyer RSVP HERE

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April 2018

“The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam” by Ula Taylor

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
UCLA Bunche Hall 6275

The UC Consortium for Black Studies presents THE PROMISE OF PATRIARCHY: WOMEN AND THE NATION OF ISLAM  Ula Taylor Chair & Professor, African American Studies at UC Berkeley Monday, April 30th, 2018 | 4:00pm-6:00pm UCLA Bunche Hall 6275 RSVP HERE  Professor Ula Taylor introduces her recently published book,The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam. The patriarchal structure of the Nation of Islam (NOI) promised black women the prospect of finding a provider and a protector among the organization’s men,…

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Black, Brown, and Powerful: Freedom Dreams in Unequal Cities

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Los Angeles Trade-Technical Center, 400 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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In Los Angeles and elsewhere, black and brown communities face multiple forms of banishment and exploitation. At this evening of inspiring talks and performances, we shine a light on organizing frameworks and resistance strategies that challenge exclusion and refuse subordination. We invite scholars, residents, activists, community-based and nonprofit organizations, foundations, policymakers and public officials, and all those interested in social justice work, to join us. The full program is available HERE

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Beyond Coloniality: Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Black Forum Room; Haines Hall 153

"Beyond Coloniality: Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition" Lecture by Aaron Kamugisha Aaron Kamugisha is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. He is the editor of Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (2013), Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (2013), (with Yanique Hume) Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (2013) and Caribbean Popular Culture: Power, Politics and Performance (2016), and with Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon and Neil Roberts Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader (2016).…

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Reconsidering Education and Imprisonment: A Conversation on Prisons, Race, and Education

April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
153 Haines Hall

The UCLA Departments of African American Studies & Education Present: DISPOSSESSION & ENCLOSURE: RECONSIDERING EDUCATION AND IMPRISONMENT a conversation with Sabina Vaught & Damien Sojoyner Sabina Vaught, associate professor and chair of the Tufts University Department of Education & Damien Sojoyner, assistant professor of anthropology at UC Irvine, will discuss their respective books Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School and First Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles. Based on extensive ethnography, these groundbreaking examinations…

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New Directions in Black Queer Studies

April 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UCLA Ackerman Union Second Floor Lounge, AU2414

The UC Consortium for Black Studies presents New Directions in Black Queer Studies A Conversation with Cathy Cohen,  David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science,  The University of Chicago and Roderick Ferguson, Professor of African American and Gender and Women’s Studies, The University of Illinois at Chicago   Moderated by Uri McMillan, Associate Professor of English, UCLA Thursday, April 12th, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm Bruin Reception Room | UCLA Ackerman Union Second Floor Lounge, AU2414 RSVP HERE

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Beauty and the Black: Aesthetics Politics and Black Reproduction in Brazil

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UCLA Haines Hall 153

Beauty and the Black: Aesthetics Politics and Black Reproduction in Brazil Ugo Edu Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Anthropology UC Davis   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 12:00PM Black Forum Room, Haines Hall 153 lunch will be provided Based on ethnographic research in Salvador, Bahia, this talk explores the role of aesthetics in the construction and perception of what constitutes healthy reproduction and reproductive practices. I draw on women’s navigations within a Brazilian economy of aesthetics, race, and sexuality and the way…

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Blackness and Borderscapes: Queering the Black Mediterranean

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
UCLA Haines Hall 153

Blackness and Borderscapes: Queering the Black Mediterranean SA Smythe President’s Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies UC Irvine   MONDAY, APRIL 2 12:00PM Black Forum Room | Haines Hall 153   In this presentation, Dr. SA Smythe addresses recent challenges in the regulation of legal residency and pathways to citizenship in Italy. Smythe reads contemporary Black Italian women’s writing to consider the stakes of cultural belonging, human rights, and the Italian literary canon in the constitution of the…

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