Tag Archives: Center for African American Studies

AFAM Open House

afamsquareSavannah Turner ’15 writes in:

Want to learn more about AFAM at Wes? Join us for the African-American Studies Prospective Majors Open House Thursday, February 26th at 12:15pm in CAAS Lounge (343 High Street).

Current majors will be present to discuss their experiences and highlight the disciplinary diversity of the program. AFAM is a program were students and faculty develop strong relationships with one another, allowing for open dialogue inside and outside of the classroom. We look forward to meeting you. Bring any and all questions.

Lunch will be catered by Sweet Harmony one of Middletown’s best! Sweet Harmony is a POC owned business located on Main Street. Join us in experiencing their inventive savory pastries, almost famous macaroons, and much more! Vegetarian and meat options will be served. Special prize for AFAM major who brings the most people and/or sponsors the most new signees.

Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 12:15-1 PM
Place: the CAAS Lounge (343 High Street)


Some early procrastination fodder comes our way from Noah Korman ’15, whose video FISK TAKEOVER has now been released by Rebel Empire Productions on YouTube.

Fisk Takeover tells the story of February 21, 1969, when leaders of Wesleyan’s Black Student Union marched into Fisk Hall and barricaded the doors behind them, demanding that their concerns–specifically that classes be cancelled in honor of Malcolm X, who was assassinated four years earlier–be addressed by the administration. The takeover was a success, resulting in the creation of Malcolm X House, the Center for African American Studies, and Ujamaa.

visible @ the CFA theater

From Andrew Chatfield MALS ’18:

Choreographed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (the trailblazing founder of Urban Bush Women) and Nora Chipaumire (2007 recipient of Wesleyan’s Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award), visible (2011) is a bold performance work that explores journeys, myths, dreams and memories of the known world, and an imagined future in an unknown land. The international cast of featured dancers for the New England premiere of visible includes Souleymane Badolo (Burkina Faso), Catherine Denecy (Guadaloupe), Marguerite Hemmings (Jamaica), Judith Jacobs (Holland), John Perpener (Washington, D.C.), and Kota Yamazaki (Japan). A Breaking Ground Dance Series presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies.

Date: Tonight, October 6th
Time: 8pm
Place: CFA Theater
Cost: $6 for students

CAAS Presents: First Book Series

Danielle McGuire, Assistant Professor of History at Wayne State University, will give a talk tomorrow on her book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf).

From the book’s website:

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the Civil Rights movement.

The truth of who Rosa Parks was and what really lay beneath the 1955 boycott is far different from anything previously written.

The talk marks the start of the Center for African American Studies’ First Book Series, which will “welcome trailblazing scholars whose first book projects are making and will make significant contributions to the field of African-American Studies”. It will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Date: Thursday, Sept 22
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Center for African American Studies, Vanguard Lounge
Cost: NA

Panel Discussion: Education in Spaces of Incarceration

Franni Paley ’10 writes:

Attend the Education in Spaces of Incarceration panel discussion! This will be a discussion on the role of arts and education programs within the prison system with a pizza dinner to follow.

This panel will be an opportunity to learn about the kinds of education- and arts-based work people are doing in the prison system, locally and nationally. The panelists will speak about the work they do and consider questions like: what kind of partnerships between people in prison and those on the outside can form through this work? What are current trends around education in spaces of imprisonment? What are the possibilities and limitations of prison education as a means to structural change within the prison system?

sponsored by RISE (Resisting Imprisonment for a Safer Existence), Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, and the Center for African American Studies

WHAT: Panel discussion and pizza dinner
WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: Center for African American Studies (343 High Street)

Facebook event here

Lecture About Mumia Abu-Jamal

Wesleyan SDS, Amnesty International, WesPrep and the Center for African American Studies are sponsoring a lecture about Mumia Abu-Jamal by J Patrick O’Connor, author of The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Professor Johanna Fernandez of Educators for Mumia. They will be speaking about the Mumia’s case, his chances for a retrial and about other political prisoners.

Date: Wednesday, November 19
Time: 7pm
Place: Exley 150