Black Studies Matters! The Importance of Global Black Studies in the Age of Ferguson

March 18, 2016

Nearly two years since the Ferguson uprising, and thanks to movements such as Black Lives Matter, Rhodes Must Fall, and Fees Must Fall, there can be no doubt that the cause of Black Liberation is on the global agenda. At the same time, the worldwide struggle against racism and anti-blackness has provoked a reactionary backlash, felt from France to the United States. As we collectively face our current political moment of promise and peril, join faculty, staff, and students of the Department of African American and African Studies in a critical conversation about how the discipline of Black Studies, which was itself birthed from political struggle, can help us to confront racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, globally, nationally, and locally, while also preparing and training us for the future. 

The event will begin at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 22, with free food provided by the Model African Union. The panel discussion, featuring AAAS faculty, staff, and students, will begin at 7 and will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Location: Frank Hale Cultural Center, MLK Jr Lounge/Room #132, 154 West 12th Avenue