Category Archives: Departmental News

African American Studies Spring 2020 Film Festival

This semesters African American Studies Film Festival is “Religion and Resistance on Film”

February 3: Birth of a Nation

February 10: Father’s Kingdom

February 17: Daughters of the Dust

February 24: Malcolm X

These exciting screening will be held in Septima Clark Auditorium (Education Center 118) at 6:00pm and are free and open to the public. A discussion of the films facilitated by a faculty member will follow each screening. Refreshments will be served.

Spring 2020 Book Club Selection

The Spring 2020 book selection for the joint Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program and African American Studies is Every Nation Has Its Dish: Black Bodies & Black Food in Twentieth-Century America by Jennifer Jensen Wallach.  The book club meeting (there will only be one since it’s a relatively short book) will be lead by Jacob Steere-Williams.  If you are interested in participating, please let Sandy Slater know and she’ll send you a copy of the book via campus mail. Once we have a group of interested parties we will create a doodle-poll to find the best time for our meeting.

Port of Entry – Episode 4 – “Reimagining the Middle Passage”

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Episode 4: “Reimagining the Middle Passage”

African American Studies in collaboration with LCWA’s World Affairs Signature Series and the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World Program were pleased to host author and professor Daniel Omotosho Black this fall. Dr. Black visited historic Charleston to discuss the impact and traumatic experience of crossing the middle passage. Listen as he and Dr. Kameelah Martin discuss the significance of his 2015 novel, The Coming.

Port of Entry – Episode 3 – “Music and the Black Experience”

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Episode 3: “Music and the Black Experience”

Professor Birgitta Johnson

How do you marry a love of music and Black history and culture? The first of African American Studies’ 2019-2020 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar lecturers, Ethnomusicologist and Professor Birgitta Johnson, talks to Program Director Kameelah Martin about the importance and place of music within the Black Experience.

Port of Entry – Episode 2 – “DNA Doesn’t Lie”

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Episode 2: “DNA Doesn’t Lie”

September 13, 2019

Dr. Theodore Schurr and Doctoral Candidate Raquel Fleskes discuss their partnership with the Gullah Society and on-going research on the Anson Street Burial remains. Find out the latest information on the DNA analysis being done and how Anthropology and African American Studies synergize to make such a project even possible!

Port of Entry – Episode 2 – “Drinking Lemonade and Spilling Tea: An Interview with the women behind The Lemonade Reader”

Coming Soon!

Episode 2: “Drinking Lemonade and Spilling Tea: An Interview with the women behind The Lemonade Reader”

September 4, 2019
It’s Beyoncé’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than to gather the Beyhive for a black feminist dive into her most personal work? African American Studies alumni, Courtney Hicks (’19) interviews four contributors to The Lemonade Reader (Professors Regina Bradley, Kinitra Brooks, Birgitta Johnson, and Kameelah Martin) to discuss black women, the south, and Lemonade as African American Studies subject matter.

Port of Entry – Episode 1 – “Alumni Spotlight–Olivia Williams and that viral Washington Post article!”

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Episode 1: “Alumni Spotlight–Olivia Williams and that viral Washington Post article!”Olivia Williams ’15

August 19, 2019
Kameelah Martin, Director of African American Studies at the College of Charleston interviews Olivia Williams (’15) on the heels of the Washington Post article that exposed white tourists who visit historic plantation sites and resent being presented with what actually transpired there. She also shares why completing a double major in African American Studies has been critical to her career trajectory.