Fall 2014 Events
LECTURE–”Black Students and Black Studies: A Founding History, 1966-1970″
September 23 ~ 6pm ~ Wells Fargo Auditorium
Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Albany and Brown University, kicks off the new African American Studies major with a lecture on the black campus movement that gave rise to the discipline of Black Studies. Between 1965 and 1972, African American students at upwards of a thousand historically black and white American colleges and universities organized, demanded, and protested for Black Studies, progressive Black universities, new faces, new ideas–in short, a truly diverse system of higher education relevant to the Black community. Taking inspiration from the Black Power
Movement, Black students drew support from many quarters–including White, Latino, Chicano, Asian American, and Native American students–and disrupted and challenged institutions in nearly every state. By the end, black students had thoroughly reshaped the face of the academy.
BOOK DISCUSSION ~ September 18 ~ 6:15 ~ John L. Dart Library, 1067 King Street
Join us for a discussion of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
ARTIST’S TALK–Hip Hop Producer DJ 9th Wonder
October 6 ~ 6pm ~ Wells Fargo Auditorium
Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award Winning Producer, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist. Since his introduction to hip-hop in 1982, 9th has been immersed in the music and culture of the art form, while gaining experience in music theory throughout middle and high school. 9th attended North Carolina Central University, where he decided to pursue a career in music. He has produced music for Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, David Banner, and Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks television show. He is the president, founder and CEO of It’s a Wonderful World Music Group, which focuses on catering to the 28 to 40 year old demographic of hip-hop music lovers. 9th
believes in the preservation of Black Music throughout all its divisions (jazz, gospel, funk, soul, afrobeat, hip-hop), and its connections to music enthnocology and the African diaspora. 9th was recently appointed the National Ambassador For Hip-Hop Relations and Culture for the NAACP by Ben Jealous, President of The NAACP, where he leads a board of PhD’s, Hip-Hop Artists, and Juris Doctorates.
BOOK DISCUSSION ~ November 20 ~ 6:15 ~ John L. Dart Library, 1067 King Street
Join us for a discussion of Octavia Butler’s Dawn
AVERY RESEARCH CENTER
The Avery Research Center hosts a wide variety of lectures, brown bag discussions, art exhibits, and other programs exploring African American history and culture. A calendar of Avery’s programs can be found at http://avery.cofc.edu/programs/