This Is Us: African American and African Studies at 50 Years


Join us September 12–14, 2019, to celebrate fifty years of the Department of African American and African Studies with a series of events honoring our past, present, and future, including a film screening at the Wexner Center, a symposium featuring alumni of the department, an alumni social at the Thompson Library, and a community lunch at the Community Extension Center.

Film Screening and Q&A

Thursday, September 12

Wexner Center for the Arts

7:00PM                                               Ina Archer, NMAAHC Smithsonian Curator              



Friday, September 13

Hale Hall

Welcome                     9:30AM           

Opening                      9:45AM          Black Studies @ OSU

                                                            Simone Drake, Chair, AAAS

                                                            Larry Williamson, OSU Hale Center

Session 1                    10:00AM         Current Directions

                                                            Moderator: Omar Dieng

                                                            Terrance Wooten, UCSB

                                                            Anne Rotich, UVA

                                                            Joseph Jordan, UNC-Chapel Hill

                                                            Tamara Butler, Michigan State University

Session 2                    11:30AM          The Activist Spirit

                                                             Moderator: Fungisai Musoni

                                                            Derrick White, Dartmouth College

                                                            Mary Phillips, CUNY Lehman

                                                            Charles Ross, University of Mississippi 

                                                            Demetries Neely, King Arts Complex

Lunch                          1:00PM           

Lunch Keynote            1:30PM           Producing Legacies 

                                                            Esther Jones Cowan, Clark University 

Session 3                    2:30PM           Community Engagement

                                                            Moderator: Ebony Oldham

                                                            Erica Taylor, Policy Consultant

                                                            Melanie Paris, American Kidney Fund

                                                            Ryan Nissim-Sabat, Unite Here

                                                            Risikat Okedeyi, Cultural Architect

                                                            Joshua Bates, A Home for Everyone

Closing Remarks        4:00PM          Simone Drake


Alumni Social:  50 Years of AAAS & OSU Libraries           

Friday, September 13

4:30PM–6:00PM                                     Leta Hendricks        

Thompson Library, 11th Floor Reading Room                           



Community Lunch

Saturday, September 14


Community Lunch     12:00PM–3:00PM

*Group hotel rates are available at the Columbus OSU SpringHill Suites for $139 per night; the rate is available until August 12, 2019. Contact the hotel at: (614) 297-9912.