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Previous Events

​Catch up on what you've missed! Events hosted by the African and Black Studies Department are uploaded here to highlight the engaging discussions, speakers, and presentations brought by the department!

Fall Quarter 2021 

  • Maiya Sinclair

    Fall 2021 International Online Series: Roundtable "Black British Romance" 

    October 20, 2021 | 10:30 A.M. C.T. 

  • Ife & Jennifer

    An Evening with Sesali Bowen, Author of Memoir/Manifesto Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist (2021)

    October  19, 2021 | 6 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.  C.T. 

  • Zakkiyyah Dumas O'neal

    Breaking Bread, Building Futures: The Power of the Black Kitchen

    October 11, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.  C.T. 

  • Antiracist Pedagogy Workshops with Dr. Whitney Peoples

    September 30, 2021 & November 4, 2021 | 4:30 P.M. - 6 P.M. C.T. 

​Past Events 2020-2021 

  • Maiya Sinclair

    A Discussion of the Film Black Feminist and Its relevance to Theory, Culture, and Art

    May 25, 2021 | 6 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

  • Ife & Jennifer

    A Conversation with Ife Akinyela and Jennifer Gardner

    May 18, 2021 | 6P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

  • Zakkiyyah Dumas O'neal

    Being Black and Queer: Challenging Misconceptions and Making Room

    May 13, 2021 | 6 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

  • Zakkiyyah Dumas O'neal

    A Conversation with Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O'neal

    May 6, 2021 | 6 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

  • Stop the Violence

    Stop the Violence: Pathways to Justice and Police Accountability in Chicago Communities of Color

    May 6, 2021 | 5 P.M. C.T.

  • Sarah Scriven
    A Conversation with Scholar Sarah Scriven: The Arrests of Pauli Murray

    April 20, 2021 | 6:00 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

  • BDSFF: Distribution Panel

    Black Diaspora Short Film Festival- Distribution Panel

    March 11, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

  • BDSFF: Cinematography Shorts

    Black Diaspora Short Film Festival- Cinematography Shorts

    October 21, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. C.T | View Webcast

    • BDSFF: Experimental Shorts

      Black Diaspora Short Film Festival- Experimental Shorts

      March 4, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

    • BDSFF: Documentary Shorts

      Black Diaspora Short Film Festival- Documentary Shorts 

    • BDSFF: Narrative Shorts

      Black Diaspora Short Film Festival- Narrative Shorts

      February 26, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

    • BDSFF: Animated Shorts

      Black Diaspora Short Film Festival- Animation Shorts

      February 25, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast


    • Mediated Lynching of the Black Athele 

      An Evening With Rev. angel Kyodo williams

      February 18, 2021 | 5:30 P.M. C.T. | View Webcast

    Past Events (2018-2020)


    • Ida B. Wells

      Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Where Do We Go From Here?

      May 16, 2019 | 5:30-7:00 PM | View Webcast
      A discussion with the legendary scholar-activist Timuel Black, and the noted historian Christopher Reed, about the enduring legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and their own relationship to her legacy, what she means for today's youth, and the modeling of her example today and in the future. The event was moderated by ABD major, Michaela Clarke.

    • Gilmore

      Envisioning Abolition: Social Justice Organizing for Vulnerable Households, Communities, and Workers

      October 21, 2019 | 5:30-7:00 PM | View Webcast
      Dr. Gilmore explores how visions of abolition guide and connect organizing across a range of social justice struggles. Examples highlight: environmental justice, public sector labor unions, farmworkers, undocumented households, criminalized youth, and community-based approaches to prevent and resolve gender and interpersonal violence.

    • You, Me, & All of Us

      You, Me, All of Us: Rethinking Black History from a Personal Perspective

      Feb. 12, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | View Webcast

      Black history is about the lived experiences of families and communities. Professor Alkalimat explores Black history from the perspective of everyday people such as his own ancestor, Free Frank McWorter, a freed slave who founded the town of New Philadelphia, an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Alkalimat will present cases that deal with Chicago and his family to explore the relationship between communal social experiences and individual self-realization.

    • Rafael Tyszblat

      Àrbol De Sombra : Bomba Chicago

        March 6, 2019 |  5:30 PM - 7:15 PM | View Webcast

        Àrbol De Sombra: Bomba Chicago is a performance documentary celebrating the vibrant Chicago community of Bomba musicians. Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican form of music and dance, a beautiful and powerful conduit for the expression of identity, resistance, and pride from Puerto Rico and the African diaspora.

        Join us for a film screening, performance, and discussion with the film’s director, Jamie Topper, and Tito Rodriguez from the cultural organization, AfriCaribe

    • Mediated Lynching of the Black Athele 

      The Mediated Lynching of the Black Athlete: Fan Violence in Sports Spectatorship

      October 25, 2018 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | View Webcast
      Lecture Presented by Dr. Poe Johnson, 2018-2019 Ida B. Wells Post-Doctoral Fellow

    • Race, Labor, & Incarceration

      A Discussion About Race, Labor, Incarceration

      January 28, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | View Webcast
      Panelists: Antonio Lightfoot, Workers Center for Racial Justice; Barry Rose, Chicago Workers’ Collaborative; Jaquie Algee, SEIU-HCII; moderated by Jessica Cook-Qurayshi, DePaul Univ. Labor Education Center

    • Mediated Lynching of the Black Athele 

      Every Day Seems Like a Murder Here: Why Ida B. Wells Matters Now

      May 16, 2018 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    • Race, Labor, & Incarceration

      In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

      April 19, 2018 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM