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Oct. 20, 2015: Annual Lecture in African & African American Studies

6:30-8 p.m. 
McGuire Hall

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County will be discussing "Baltimore Uprisings: The "Resiliency" of Our Youth". There will be a book signing and lively discussion after the lecture.

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March 31, 2014: Food for Thought

Race and the American Prison System, Fair Housing Policies, and Drug Sentencing:
Epiphanies from my Internship with the ACLU
Andrea Awde
AAAS minor and Global Studies (2014)

March 31, 2014

Noon, College Center Room 114 (behind Starbucks)
Lunch provided, bring a friend!

Come hear some interesting examples and big insights of a graduating AAAS minor before she heads to Los Angeles for her next chapter.

Through her internship at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland, Andrea Awde has come across more than one reason to work toward ensuring civil rights for all people. Working in various departments at the ACLU, she has mostly been exposed to the brutalities within the American prison system and has learned how fair housing programs can both help and harm the people they are supposed to benefit. Lessons from her various AAAS and Global Studies have come in handy, often in unexpected ways. In addition to her internship, Andrea is working with AAAS faculty member Dr. Lovell Smith on the education system in Baltimore City and how school climate and teacher expectations can affect students' trajectory for success.

Feb. 24, 2014: Lunchtime conversation about Jordan Davis verdict

Let’s Talk about White Fear
A conversation about life at Loyola in response to the Jordan Davis verdict
Monday, Feb 24, noon in CT113 (behind Starbucks)

The Loyola community is invited to come together to discuss the recent mistrial in the murder case against Michael Dunn for killing Jordan Davis. This informal conversation is meant to be an opportunity to think about possible lessons for Loyola, especially toward action-oriented responses. Bring your lunch, if you like.
At least three jurors believed that Dunn felt threatened when he shot into the vehicle containing four unarmed African American youth. Let’s talk about white fear—its meaning, its many forms, its power, and its consequences.
Sponsored by: African and African American Studies, ALANA Services, Black Student Association, Center for Community Service and Justice, and the Center for Innovation in Urban Education.

Feb. 4, 2014: Food for Thought

Lunchtime conversations about research in African and African American Studies
Dr. Jean Lee Cole
English and American Studies
Reading "Black Comics" 

Feb. 4, 2014

Noon, College Center Room 113
Lunch provided, bring a friend!

What counts as a "black comic" and how far back can we trace its history? Dr. Cole will share some early examples of African American representation in comics from 1890s-1920s. She invites audience members to share their reactions to these comics, as well as more recent manifestations of the genre.

Dr. Cole is an Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies. She is the co-editor of Zora Neale Hurston's Collected Plays and editor of Freedom's Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner, and has published on subjects including ethnicity in American literature, American periodicals, and late-19th and early-20th-century visual culture. Come find out about her newest work.

Nov. 14, 2014: Food for Thought

Lunchtime conversations about research in African and African American Studies
Dr. Robert W. Simmons III
Center for Innovation in Urban Education
Looking beyond the Empty Desk in the Third Row:

Reflections on African American males in American schools

Nov. 14, 2013

Noon, College Center Room 114
Lunch provided, bring a friend!

This presentation will take a look at the experiences of African American males attending public and private schools in the United States. Dr. Simmons’ presentation will provide insight into his personal journey using an auto ethnographic approach merged with his larger body of qualitative research on African American males in schools.

Oct. 30, 2013: Fourth Annual AAAS Fall Lecture

Race, Voting Rights, and the Reemergence of Privatized Public Space
Dr. Tyson King-Meadows
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Oct. 30, 2013

Fourth Floor Program Room
Free and open to the public

King-Meadows is a scholar of American political history who focuses on voting rights and black elected officials. He has written several books on the subject, as well as served as a fellow at Harvard, Princeton, and the Fulbright program. Such a lecture will help the campus think about a core democratic institution both in the wake of recent moves to retract voter rolls and in the long history of voter registration drives in the African American civil rights movement. The talk is timely given the Supreme Court decision invalidating key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and subsequent state-level initiatives to increase requirements for voter registration. The event is scheduled for just before election day, when the campus is (or, ought to be) thinking about the democratic process and primed for a scholarly take on its history and present debates.

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Sept. 19, 2013: Food for Thought lunchtime conversation

Join us for Food for Thought, a new lunchtime conversation series about research in African and African American Studies.

Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead presents “ #QuiltedNarratives ” using social media to tell and share our stories

Thursday, September 19, 2013
noon, College Center Room 113

Lunch provided, bring a friend!

For the past two years, Dr. Whitehead (Communication) has used #QuiltedNarratives to explore the ways that we can make strategic use of digital media and social networking tools to document and share our stories. For example, this summer a descendant of Harriet Tubman asked Dr. Whitehead to help a letter go viral protesting an inflammatory depiction of her beloved ancestor in a sexualized comedy video. In this way, Dr. Whitehead’s work with new technology connects to her scholarship documenting the lives of nineteenth-century black women, including a forthcoming book on the pocket diaries of Emilie Davis, a free black woman of Philadelphia.

This "Food for Thought" session will invite us to think critically about how we use technology in our lives and explore new ways that we can use it to challenge conventional norms and perhaps become agents of change. Might we reimagine digital tools to stitch our lives and experiences together in new, empowering ways? Let’s talk about it! You are invited to live tweet to share our conversation, our questions, and our findings with the world.

May 2013: Congratulations to new AAAS graduates

Congratulations to this year's AAAS graduates: Jenn Burt, who will pursue a career in social services or public policy, and Erica Maduakolam, who will pursue a career in health services before applying to medical school.

Oct. 1, 2012: Third Annual Fall AAAS Lecture

Bridging the Atlantic: The Pitfalls and Potential for U.S.-Africa Engagement

Emira Woods, Codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies

  • Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm
  • Fourth Floor Program Room
  • Free and open to the public.

Emira Woods is an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy. Emira serves on the Board of Directors of Africa Action, Just Associates, Global Justice and the Financial Policy Forum. She is also on the Network Council of Jubilee USA. Emira completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her graduate studies at Harvard. Prior to joining IPS, she was program manager for the Committee on Development Policy and Practice at InterAction, serving as a principal staff contact for advocacy at the UN, the international financial institutions, USAID and Treasury. Previous to that, she served as a program officer of Oxfam America's Africa program.

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May 2012: Congratulations to new AAAS graduates and alumni

Congratulations to this year's AAAS graduates: Joelle Sanphy, who will pursue her MAT degree at Loyola, and Morgan Murray, who will pursue a master's degree in speech therapy at the University of Maryland. Morgan was also a Fulbright alternate for South Africa.

Congratulations to our alumni, too: Andrew Zaleski is a freelance writer and editor who has placed a number of pieces in local and national venues, including The Atlantic. Liza Schreiner took a job as teaching assistant at the Village Learning Center in downtown Baltimore.

March 2012: AAAS students travel to national conference

Two graduating seniors, Morgan Murray and Joelle Sanphy, traveled to Atlanta over spring break to attend the annual meeting of the National Council for Black Studies. When they returned to campus, Morgan and Joelle shared some of that knowledge and leadership skills for a teach-in on the Trayvon Martin killing.

Oct. 19, 2011: Second Annual Fall AAAS Lecture

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position he is working to set the museum’s mission, coordinate its fundraising and membership campaigns, develop its collections, establish cultural partnerships and oversee the design and construction of the museum’s building. Rooted in his belief that the museum exists now although the building is not in place, he is designing a high-profile program of traveling exhibitions and public events ranging from panel discussions and seminars to oral history and collecting workshops.

The museum, the 19th to open as part of the Smithsonian Institution, will be built on the national Mall where Smithsonian museums attracted more than 24 million visitors in 2005. It will stand on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument and opposite the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community. View more information about Bunch's lecture.

May 2011: Congratulations to our first ever AAAS graduates at Loyola

Congratulations to Loyola's very first African and African American Studies graduates: Andrew Zaleski ('11, English) and Liza Schreiner ('11, English). Both are using their AAAS knowledge in the post-Loyola pursuits: Andrew as the digital media editor for The Urbanite, a beloved monthly magazine in Baltimore; Liza as an intern for the national office of the Refugee Youth Project, for which she began working as a service-learning student in an African History course.

Continuing AAAS students are majoring in Global Studies, Speech Pathology, English, and perhaps more. AAAS is a great complement to any field of study -- stop by to see the Director or members of the AAAS Faculty Steering Committee to talk about how AAAS can fit into your studies and post-Loyola plans!

Sept. 29, 2010: Inaugural Fall Lecture

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP

6:30 pm, McGuire Hall, talk followed by a Q&A

The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is “the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization.” Now entering its second century of existence, the NAACP is reflecting on its role in the twenty-first century, a question also facing academic fields in African and African American studies. Mr. Jealous is a graduate of Columbia University, a Rhodes Scholar, and prior to assuming the helm at the NAACP he served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International, and Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

Thanks for to everyone for making the event a success. View the director's statement and event photos from Jealous's lecture.

September 2010: National Visionary Leadership Project Comes to Loyola

The Loyola-Notre Dame Library is pleased to announce the donation of tapes and transcripts of interviews of many notable African American Visionaries that were recorded by the National Visionary Leadership Project (http://www.visionaryproject.org/about/index.asp). The subjects of these interviews have shaped American history in many different ways and come from all walks of life; some of these elders are nationally recognized leaders, while others are known primarily in their local communities. LNDL is cataloging the materials and placing them on reserve for use by students, including those taking courses in Loyola’s new African and African American Studies minor.

The library’s holdings include videos of full-length interviews with Quincy Jones and Coretta Scott King (see clips below), among many others. Transcripts of many of the interviews are also available. The interviews cover everything from their thoughts on leadership and the civil rights movement, to anecdotes from childhood.

Coretta Scott King on her childhood

Quincy Jones on America’s racial future

View more information about the National Visionary Leadership Project on the Library news site.

Sept. 17, 2010: Faculty Friday

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, HUG lounge

AAAS is teaming up with Latina America and Latino Studies (LALS), another of Loyola's newest interdisciplinary minors, to co-host the first Faculty Friday of the year. See you there!

July 14-17, 2010: NCBS Workshop

Atlanta, Georgia State University

AAAS director Brian Norman traveled to Atlanta to participate in a workshop for new administrators of Black Studies programs. The workshop was put on by the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and funded by the Ford Foundation. Fourteen directors from programs across the nation and at a variety of institutions (research, liberal arts, regional) discussed the state of the field of Africana Studies and practiced the art of budgeting, strategic planning, course design, and assessment.