College of Arts & Sciences

Africana Studies Program

News and Events

This February the Africana Studies Program invites you to participate in our month-long celebration of Black History Month.

We continue our annual film series with films from across the African Diaspora like the Ghanian thriller The Destiny of Lesser Animals (Sibo ne kra, Dabo ne kra) directed by SJU's own Deron Albright as well as the Academy Award winning American film 12 Years a Slave based on Northup Solomon's 1853 slave narrative.  Screenings are followed by professor-facilitated discussions and of course, pizza. New this year, in collaboration with the Thea Bowman, FSPA Distinguished Lecture Series, we host Dr. Therí A. Pickens from Bates College for a lecture and open class. Her lecture, “Magic Johnson’s Great Assist: Stigma and Silence in the Age of Disability,” asks a number of timely questions: How do quotidian experiences transform from being anecdotal to having social and political significance? What can the experience of corporeality offer social and political discourse? How does that discourse change when those bodies belong to African Americans? The open class she will co-teach with Dr. Aisha Lockridge continues some of these themes and together they examine the intersectionality of African American literature, science fiction and disability narratives in Octavia Butler's short story collection Bloodchild and Other Stories. The campus-wide community is invited to attend this class.

Below you will find a complete list of events organized by the Africana Studies Program for the month of February. Please consider attending these events yourself and do encourage your students to attend.

Black History Month Events