February 22, 2018
  • "Runaway Genres: Global Afterlives of Slavery"—Roger Reeves in conversation with Yogita Goyal

    February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Willard Building, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 160

    This public event will feature award-winning poet Roger Reeves (author of King Me [2013]) in conversation with scholar Yogita Goyal (author of Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature [2010]). Professor Goyal will present research from her forthcoming scholarly book on the emergence of Atlantic slavery as the defining template through which current forms of human rights abuses are understood. Professor Reeves will be reading from and speaking about his poetry. Following their individual presentations, Goyal and Reeves will discuss their work in tandem and will respond to questions from the audience.  

    Learn more about Roger Reeves HERE
    Learn more about Yogita Goyal HERE

March 15, 2018
  • "'Unsophisticated Buyers': Black Homeownership and the end of the Urban Crisis in the 1970s" with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Sparks Building, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 10

    At the end of the 1960s, the federal government officially ended its long history of excluding African Americans from policies designed to encourage homeownership. In the wake of urban uprising and in response to growing Black income, federal officials partnered with private institutions connected to the real estate industry to promote homeownership in cities across the country. These new policies did not constitute big government” instead they opened a new era of “partnership” between capital and the state in the provision of low-income housing. The new approach to resolving the longstanding issue of the dearth of safe and sound urban housing raised critical questions about market based solutions in resolving issues rooted in economic and racial inequality. The focus on the resolution of “redlining” and other means of exclusion have posited “inclusion” as the solution, but without attending to the cause of exclusion in the first place—racial discrimination—would “inclusion” alone resolve the imprint of discrimination on the real estate market? This talk engages those and other questions pertaining to whether public-private partnerships are a viable solution to the chronic housing crisis in the United States.

    Learn more about Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor HERE

March 16, 2018
  • Graduate Student Breakfast with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    March 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Taylor will join African American Studies dual-degree graduate students for a discussion over breakfast.

    Learn more about Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor HERE

March 26, 2018
  • Roundtable with David J. Leonard

    March 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Sparks Building, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 124

    David J. Leonard will join the Seminar's Penn State Working Group and African American Studies dual-degree graduate students for a discussion of race and sport.

    Learn more about David J. Leonard HERE

  • "Playing While White: Power, Privilege and the Politics of Protest" with David J. Leonard

    March 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Chambers Building Penn State University, Penn State University, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 101

    While black athletes, from the WNBA to the NFL, are using their platforms to protest injustice, white athletes are cashing in on their options. They are empowered to speak out, or be silent, to engage in organized politics or simply focus on the game. #PlayingWhileWhite

    Learn more about David J. Leonard HERE

April 17, 2018
  • "Anthropology and the Riddle of White Supremacy" with Junaid Rana

    April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Willard Building, State College, PA 16802, USA - Room 62

    This talk explores how social science disciplines such as anthropology have addressed the concepts of racism and white supremacy. Drawing on the exchange published as A Rap on Race between anthropologist Margaret Mead and writer James Baldwin that pitted them between racial liberalism and a critique of white supremacy, I focus on how their discussion highlighted religion and moral belief as integral concepts related to racism. In the Mead and Baldwin conversation, the connection of Christianity to white supremacy reveals a complex conjuring of Islam and Muslims that I describe as racecraft, and that have implications for how we continue to theorize and study white supremacy and racism.

    Learn more about Junaid Rana HERE

April 18, 2018
  • Workshop with Junaid Rana

    April 18, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    Sparks Building, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 124

    Workshop participants will read Rana's article, "The Racial Infrastructure of the Terror Industrial Complex," published in Social Text in 2016. The article builds upon themes from Rana's talk, particularly about racialization.

    Learn more about Junaid Rana HERE

September 19, 2018
  • Screening of "Four Days in May," followed by a Q&A with Deborah Thomas

    September 19, 2018

    Four Days in May is a collaboration between Deborah A. Thomas, Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, and psychologist Deanne M. Bell, this experimental documentary explores the archives generated by state violence by focusing on the 2010 State of Emergency in West Kingston, Jamaica.  In May of that year, the military and police force entered Tivoli Gardens and surrounding communities by force in order to apprehend Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who had been ordered for extradition to the United States to stand trial for gun and drug-related charges.  This resulted in the deaths of at least 75 civilians.  The film features community residents talking about what they experienced during the “incursion,” and naming and memorializing loved ones they lost.  Through the use of archival film and photographs, footage from the U.S. drone that was overhead during the operation, and contemporary hyper-realist film photography, Four Days in May encourages viewers to think about how people in Tivoli Gardens and other “garrisons” negotiate the entanglements among nationalist governments, imperialist practices, and local articulations with illicit international trades.  By juxtaposing archives of state violence in its many structural, symbolic, and material guises, the film also seeks to evoke the affective entanglements these forms of violence reflect and produce, and to imagine how we might newly envision modes of accountability, justice, and repair.

    Learn more about Deborah Thomas HERE

October 11, 2018
  • "Terrorist, Gang Member, Provocateur: Visuality and (Dis)placement in the Bay Area” with Maryam Kashani

    October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    In 2013 the city of Oakland, California, began plans to start the second phase of a Homeland Security-sponsored Domain Awareness Center aimed at intensifying and aggregating surveillance around the city. This talk and film performance considers how Muslims in coalition with activists, lawyers, and organizers, mobilized against this program articulating the effects of surveillance, gentrification, and policing on their families, communities, and the possibilities of political dissent.

    Learn more about Maryam Kashani HERE