PAST EVENTS

November 13, 2017
  • "Long Midnight Hour: Race in the Age of Trump" with Jelani Cobb

    November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Willard 362

    Jelani Cobb is an American author and educator. The Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, Cobb was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut from 2012-2016. Since 2015, he has been a staff writer at The New Yorker.


    This event is free and open to the public.

January 31, 2018
  • "Activism 101" with James Forman

    January 31, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Sparks Building, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 124

    Forman will meet with African American Studies undergraduate majors and minors to discuss criminal justice activism in the twenty-first century.

  • “Can the Criminal Justice System Ever Be Just?” with James Forman

    January 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 112 Kern Building, State College, PA 16802, USA

    In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. James Forman, Jr. points out, however, that the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. His book and talk seek to understand why.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Learn more about James Forman HERE

February 8, 2018
  • Screening of "Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of Rebels," followed by a Q&A with Marcus Rediker and Tony Buba

    February 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm The State Theatre, 130 W College Ave, State College, PA 16801, USA

    This documentary by Tony Buba is based on Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking-Penguin, 2012). It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Learn more about Marcus Rediker HERE
    Learn more about Tony Buba HERE

February 9, 2018
  • "Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of Rebels" with Marcus Rediker and Tony Buba

    February 9, 2018 State College Area School District, PA, USA

    This documentary by Tony Buba is based on Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking-Penguin, 2012). It chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.  

    • This event is for SCASD students only. It is closed to the public.
February 14, 2018
  • "Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The Intersections of Sport and Sexual Violence" with Jessica Luther

    February 14, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Chambers Building Penn State University, Penn State University, State College, PA 16801, USA - Room 101

    Luther will discuss the systemic ways sports, as particular microcosm of our culture, minimizes and ignores issues of gendered violence. Her work most often touches on the particular intersection of college football and sexual violence, but the way that money, institutional hierarchy on campuses, compliance with Title IX, and sports culture and fandom come together is applicable well beyond that. Her talk will touch on all of these issues and provide some ideas for how to begin to fix them.  

    Learn more about Jessica Luther HERE

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.  

    This event is free and open to the public.

    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.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Learn more about Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor HERE

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

    March 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 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.

  • "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

    This event is free and open to the public.

    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.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    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.