Africana Studies 50th Anniversary Conference Panels


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Saturday, November 2, 2019


9:30 am


Taylor Hall 102-Auditorium

Please join us for a weekend of celebration as we commemorate 50 years of Africana Studies at Vassar College! We have invited an array of scholars and creative intellectuals to reflect on the political, philosophical, and creative interventions that sustain Africana Studies as a field and promise to move it forward.

The proceedings will address several aspects of black experience, among them music and performance, violence and resilience, gender and sexuality, and law and justice.
MacArthur Genius Fellow Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University) will give the Opening Address, novelist Aminatta Forna (Georgetown University) will deliver the Matthew Vassar Lecture and keynote speech, and scholars from Vassar and other esteemed institutions will offer panel presentations on their recent work. Click on the weekend schedule for full details.
Among the special features of the conference will be a reading by actress Shona Tucker, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Drama
Jazz brunch for all conference attendees on Sunday.
The conference is free and open to the public; please do register by October 25.

The Registration Link & Schedule- Please go to this link to view the full weekend schedule and to register:

Primavera Ward

Africana Studies Program