Welcome to the Center
for Black Diaspora!
On behalf of the Center, its staff, and its advisory board,
I’m honored and delighted to welcome you to the Center and its 2017-2018 events. I also welcome you to the Center’s newly
refurbished Reading Room, which contains
a rich collection of books and films related to the African diaspora. The CBD was established in 1993, initially as
the Center for African-American Research. A key mission of the Center is to promote
scholarship and dialogue at DePaul on issues related to the African
Diaspora. The Center’s programs and
events provide interdisciplinary and dynamic opportunities for scholars to
collaborate on and explore developments related to the African diaspora. The Center’s office and Reading Room offer a welcoming
space in which to study, hold meetings, watch films, or simply relax. Along with inviting external scholars to share
their work with us, the Center is committed to showcasing the work and talents
of DePaul’s own faculty. The Center’s
programs and activities typically consist of lectures, film and book
discussions, workshops, artistic performances, and artistic exhibits. The Center for Black Diaspora and its events are
open to the DePaul community, to local academic, cultural, and service organizations,
and to the broader diasporic community.
The programming theme for 2017-2018 is “Language, Conflict,
and Diaspora”. Autumn programming features
three performance-based events. The
first explores hip-hop as a mode of resistance and black empowerment. It features Dr. Marcyliena Morgan of
Harvard’s HipHop Archives, performances by DePaul rap artists from the group
ChiDirects, and is facilitated by Dr. Jalylah Burrell, DePaul’s 2017-2018 Ida
B. Wells-Barnett post-doctoral fellow.
This event is followed by a tribute to Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn
Brooks on her centennial year, and features dramatic readings of Brooks’ work
by DePaul Theatre School Alumni, and reflections by Brooks biographer Angela
Jackson. Dr. Francesca Royster, of
DePaul’s English department, will facilitate this event. The last performance-based event showcases a
performance by members of Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. Executive Director Kevin Iega Jeff will also
lead a discussion of the healing and redemptive mission of the ensemble’s African
dance tradition, and the importance of this tradition to sustaining a strong
and beloved community in Chicago.
The Center is also co-hosting events on the topics of black
feminism and food ethics; parent participants in the Chicago Public School
boycotts of ’63; and a symposium on mass incarceration in Chicago. It will also co-host an annual Autumn open
house with the African and Black Diaspora
All of these events are free and open to the DePaul and
Chicago community. See below for more
information on dates, times, and locations.
We look forward to seeing you there!