Previous Events

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
John David Smith
John David Smith No story is more important in understanding the broad meaning of the American Civil War than Abraham Lincoln’s metamorphosis from opposing emancipation in the first eighteen months of the conflict, to his issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (September 22, 1862), and then his final emancipation edict of January 1, 1863. The latter document included an invitation for freed slaves and free persons of color to join the U.S. Army to suppress the rebellion. By war’s end nearly 180,000 black soldiers wore the Union blue in the U.S. Colored Troops.

This lecture frames Lincoln’s evolution on emancipation/arming blacks within congressional actions and explains in a linear way how, when, and why the president seemed to be so halting, so vacillating in his progression to military emancipation. It examines the development of Lincoln’s emancipation project, its implementation, and his government’s recruitment and deployment of black troops. Finally, the lecture explains the bigger meaning and implications of Lincoln’s shift from opposing to supporting emancipation /arming blacks, the role of black agency in influencing that process, Lincoln’s place in the historical memory of emancipation and black enlistment, and how the experience changed not only the war, but America and even Lincoln himself.

Dr. John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the author of Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and “The American Negro” (2000) winner of The Mayflower Society Award for Nonfiction; and has edited numerous collections of primary documents related to the Civil War and Reconstruction including: Undaunted Radical: The Writings and Speeches of Albion W. Tourgée (2010); Black Soldiers in Blue (2002, 2004); A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky (2000), and, most recently, A Just and Lasting Peace: A Documentary History of Reconstruction (2013).

Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall, 5:30 pm

Monday, April 9, 2012
Pius Adesanmi
Pius Adesanmi Pius Adesanmi is the winner of the 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing in the creative non-fiction category for his bestselling book, You're Not a Country, Africa. His first book, The Wayfarer and Other Poems, won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize in 2001. A prominent figure among a new generation of Nigerian public intellectuals, Adesanmi holds a first class honors degree in French from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and a PhD in French from the University of British Columbia. He is an associate professor of English and African Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. A widely-published commentator on African affairs, his weekly op-ed column is syndicated by many African newspapers and blogs. Students will read sections of Professor Adesanmi's award winning novel in Professor Vaughan's class - African Diasporic Political Thought. A discussion of Dr. Adesanmi's work will follow.

Searles 115, 1:00 pm

Friday, April 13
Somalis in Maine Somalis in Maine Professors Kim Huisman, Mazie Hough, Carol Toner and Kristin Langellier of the University of Maine, the authors of Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents, together with the Somali undergraduates who have shared their stories, come together with a readers’ theater program that tells the stories of Somali history, culture, and immigration. Open to the public and free of charge.

Kresge Auditorium-VAC, 12:30 pm

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the Education Department and the McKeen Center for the Common Good

Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22
Black Women and Pentecostalism in Diaspora
Black Women and Pentecostalism in Diaspora is a two-day symposium, which will bring together leading scholars in Africana, religious, and feminist studies, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and ethnomusicology who work in the United States, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Britain. Participants will unpack the elements of Pentecostalism’s appeal, the myriad ways adherents shape and are shaped by its beliefs and practices, and the extent to which the global south and minority populations in the global north impact the twenty-first century world. This symposium will extend current scholarship on Pentecostalism by interrogating continuities and discontinuities of religious practices and experiences at the intersection of three key theoretical frameworks: “race,” gender, and diaspora.

Complete information available here.

Tuesday, April 24
Thokozani Ndaba
Thokozani Ndaba Thokozani Ndaba is a South African theater practitioner, activist, and performer who specializes in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Currently a Ford Foundation Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Educational Theatre Program, she is completing her Masters Degree (2012). Ndaba holds a BA (Honors) in Applied Drama and Theater from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (2008). Her expertise in creating safe spaces, which facilitates dialogue across disparate communities, has enabled Ndaba to bring her work to in- and after school programs throughout New York. She currently works with Good Shepherd, Groundwork and Advocacy Lab.

Ndaba is founder and director of Kumba Applied Theatre Initiative in Johannesburg where she works on lesbian gay bisexual transgender intersex (LGBTI) and gender issues in the Southern African region. She also works with Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a non-governmental organization that provides support for Johannesburg lesbians. Ndaba uses theatre to explore homophobia, violence and corrective rape against LGBTI community in Africa. She has worked as a development officer for OUT LGBTI Well-Being, raising awareness about LGBTI issues by training service providers, including police officers, health workers and educators.

Hubbard 2 West, 6:00 pm

Brought to you by Africana Studies, Gender & Women's Studies,the Resource Center for Gender Diversity, Theater and Dance and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

Wednesday, April 25
Graham Rayman
Graham Rayman A staff writer at the Village Voice, Mr. Rayman broke the story on the NYPD Tapes. New York City Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded fellow officers in a precinct in Brooklyn for two years in order to document questionable policies which led to downgrading of crime to make commanders look good, and ordering cops basically to violate New Yorkers civil rights. Three weeks after he brought this to the attention of investigators, his bosses dragged him from his apartment and forced him into a psychiatric ward, where he was held against his will for six days. Over the next two years, while the NYPD set about destroying Schoolcraft's career, it was sitting on a report that totally vindicated him. It was only through a series of articles in the Village Voice that the full story came to light. Schoolcraft offers a great lesson for all Americans: you can indeed fight City Hall, just make sure you document everything. In other words, sometimes, with enough courage and strength, a individual can overcome an institution.

Mr. Rayman will discuss this in conjunction with Prof. Brian Purnell's course - "The Wire": Race, Class, Gender, and the Urban Crisis.

Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by Africana Studies, English, the McKeen Center for the Common Good

Thursday, May 3rd - Friday, May 4th
Tim'm West
Tim’m T. West is a poet, emcee, scholar and the author of three books “Red Dirt Revival”, “BARE”, and “Flirting”. A graduate of Duke, The New School,and Stanford universities, he is also co-founder of the now defunct rap group DDC. Tim’m followed their success with three solo projects. He also created and hosted the “Front Porch” Spoken Word/Soul/Hip Hop showcase in DC, Oakland, Chicago, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and various U.S. colleges and universities. On Thursday, May 3rd Tim'm will host a screening of Bring Your "A" Game, and a discussion that centers on Trayvon Martin - Or the Irony of a Post-Racial America. Directed by Mario Van Peebles, Bring Your "A" Game is a documentary film in which a 17 year old African-American male encounters prominent Black male icons (‘A’ Gamers) from diverse fields in a hip, computer-generated video game-style world.

On Friday, May 4th Tim'm will host the Front Porch, where people from diverse walks of life can speak about their experience without trepidation of not being a SLAM poet, trying a new song, experimental performance art, erotica, or reading material (from a page) that is personal and/or about spirituality or healing.

Thursday's Screening and Discussion 
Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 pm

Friday's Front Porch
McGee's Pub, 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Angelique Kidjo Angélique Kidjo
She is one of he greatest forces in African music; a creative energy with eleven international albums to her name. In 2007, her album
Djin Djin received a Grammy Award. Kidjo's most recent release, 2010's Oyo featuring John Legend, Bono, and Dianne Reeves, is a measure of her maturity. Born in the West African state of Benin, Kidjo is a tireless campaigner for women's health and education in Africa, a UNICEF peace ambassador, and a prolific songwriter.

TICKETS REQUIRED and are available at the Smith Union Information Desk
Free to Staff and Students with Bowdoin ID; $15 for the general public

Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by the Mellon President's Arts and Lecture Fund, with additional support from the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship Fund


Monday, October 17
Somalis in Maine Kim Huisman and Mazie Hough
Faculty members at the University of Maine, Ms. Huisman is an associate professor of Sociology and Ms. Hough is the associate director of the Women's Studies Program. With two other USM faculty members they edited an important book - Somalis in Maine - Crossing Cultural Currents which "offers a kaleidoscope of voices that situate the story of Somalis’ migration to Lewiston (ME) within a larger cultural narrative. Combining academic analysis with refugees’ personal stories, this anthology includes reflections on leaving Somalia, the experiences of Somali youth in U.S. schools, the reasons for Somali secondary migration to Lewiston, the employment of many Lewiston Somalis at Maine icon L. L. Bean, and community dialogues with white Mainers. Somalis in Maine seeks to counter stereotypes of refugees as being socially dependent and unable to assimilate, to convey the richness and diversity of Somali culture, and to contribute to a greater understanding of the intertwined futures of Somalis and Americans." Ms. Huisman and Hough will discuss their new book in conjunction with a seminar taught by Bowdoin's professor Olufemi Vaughan, Transnational Africa and Globalization.

Druckenmiller 24, 1:00 pm

Wednesday, October 26

Africana Studies Open House
For prospective majors or anyone who has ever wondered, come and learn about the Africana Studies program, meet faculty and hear about their Spring 2012 courses. As you explore your options for major and minor declaration, this would be a good opportunity to discover more about this exciting program. Light refreshments served. Open to all. Spread the word!

Russwurm House, 2nd floor. 4:30 pm


Thursday, November 3
Poto Mitan Documentary Screening of Poto Mitan: Hatian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Told through the compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers, Poto Mitan gives the global economy a human face. Each woman’s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. While Poto Mitan offers in-depth understanding of Haiti, its focus on women’s subjugation, worker exploitation, poverty, and resistance demonstrates these are global struggles. Finally, through their collective activism, these women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country like Haiti, collective action makes change possible.

Mark Schuller

Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at York College (CUNY). He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on globalization, NGOs, civil society and development in Haiti. His insights have been published in public media,including Huffington PostCounterpunch, Common Dreams, the Center for International Policy, and media interviews, including the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Democracy Now! He is co-director/co-producer of the documentary Poto Mitan. He also co-edited Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstructionand Homing Devices: the Poor as Targets of Public Housing Policy and Practice (Lexington, 2006). He chairs the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Human Rights and Social Justice Committee and is active in many grassroots efforts, including earthquake response.

The documentary's screening will be followed by a forum with Professor Schuller.

Kresge Auditorium, time to be announced

Wednesday, November 9

Near AndersonvillePeter Wood
Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, Prof. Wood "has inspired a generation of historians to investigate the role played by people of African descent in the construction of American society". His first book, Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion (1973) is considered to be one of the most influential books on the history of the American South of the past 50 years. He is also a leading expert on painter Winslow Homer's images of blacks, and the subject of his lecture will be based on his most recent publication - Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War.

Kresge Auditorium, 7:30 pm

Friday, November 11

Jeanne Theoharis Jeanne Theoharis
A professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, Jeanne Theoharis is the author of numerous books and articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. She is the co-editor of Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside the South; Ground Work: Local Black Freedom Movements in America; and Want to Start a Revolution: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle; as well as numerous important articles. She is currently finishing the first scholarly biography of Rosa Parks (forthcoming, Beacon Press). She recently weighed in on the discussion surrounding the discovery of Rosa Parks’s ’s “rape story". Professor Theoharis will give a lecture titled The Radicalism of Rosa Parks.

Searles 315, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 16
Sex Positive Sex Positive
The Making of Safe Sex with Richard Berkowitz
Best known as an early activist of safe sex in response to the AIDS crisis among gay men in the 1980s, Mr. Berkowitz is the subject of this crucial documentary based on his autobiography Stayin' Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex. The 1983 pamphlet - How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach by Berkowitz and Michael Callen (in consultation with Dr. Joseph Sonnabend) is widely considered to be the first sex-positive guide to practicing safe sex. Sex Positive honors his long forgotten efforts from its earliest days.

Beam Classroom - VAC, 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 17
Russell Rickford Russell Rickford
An assistant professor of History at Dartmouth College, Rickford is the author of Betty Shabazz: Surviving Malcolm X, the only major biography of Malcolm's widow. He is also a lead organizer for the spring commemorative conference on the late Manning Marable whose recent tome, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention received critical acclaim. Professor Rickford will give a lecture titled Malcolm X, Pan Africanism and the Pitfalls of Nationalist Consciousness, an overview of Malcolm X’s influence on the "SNCC Diaspora"--the generation of activists who emerged from radical integrationist campaigns, primarily in the South, and by the late 60s and early 70s shifted to a more internationalist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist political philosophy that many described as Pan-Africanist Nationalism. Professor Rickford traces the rise and fall of Pan Africanism between the early and late 1970s, and the emergence of what he calls "bourgeois nationalism" in the aftermath of the civil rights-black power era.

Searles 315, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Jeffory Clymer
The Associate Professor and Associate Chair of English at the University of Kentucky is a leading scholar of African American Law and Literature, and will give a public lecture entitled Race, Sex, and Family: Money in American Culture. The lecture will be drawn from his forthcoming book, "Family Money: Race and Wealth in the Nineteenth Century", which reaches back into the era of slavery and its aftermath to tell a more complex story regarding the history of race and family wealth.  It focuses on "the economic consequences of interracial sexuality, and argues that various forms of intimacy across the color line became flashpoints for the distribution—and possible redistribution—of wealth by pressuring legal and social ideas of property and family". 

Massachusetts Hall's Faculty Room (3rd floor) at 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the English Department, and the Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund

Friday, February 11th
The Crisis of the African State
Four leaders representing refugee communities in Maine will discuss the conflicts affecting their home countries.

Elfadel Arbab (Darfur, Sudan) - Secretary and Educator for Fur Cultural Revival, an organization started by members of the Darfur refugee community in Portland, whose mission is to broaden the public's awareness of genocide in Darfur,serve the needs of the Darfur community in the greater Portland area, and preserve the Fur tribal culture.  

Samuel Albino (South Sudan) - Secretary General for Sudanese Group of Friends (SGF) in Maine, works as a Refugee Immigrant Children's Case Manager at the Community Counseling Center in Portland.

Claude Rwanganje (Democratic Republic of Congo) - Executive Director of Community Financial Literacy (CFL) which he founded in 2007 to address the financial literacy needs of a wide range of refugee communities in Maine. He worked for the United Nations World Food Programme and has been a long-time human rights activist for Congolese citizens.

Fatuma Hussein (Somalia) - Founder and director of United Somali Women of Maine (USWM), whose members support refugee women and children in Maine as advocates, cultural brokers in schools, hospitals, social service offices, and educators in areas such as health, cultural competency, and domestic violence.

The speakers will touch on four themes: Changing Borders, Changing Identities; Resources and Conflict; Conflict and Population Movements; International Intervention in War and Peace.

Tillotson Room, Gibson Hall, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and Government

Thursday, February 24th
Julio Cesar and Martha Montano
Lecture - Cultural Activism and the Culture of Currulao

Julio César Montaño will give a lecture about his experiences in leveraging traditional Afro-Colombian culture to give a voice in the political domain for Afro-Colombians in the community of Tumaco in the late 1980s. His talk explains the creation of the idea of "the Culture of Currulao" using both traditional culture and the political necessities of the moment, from the point of view of his own extensive experience as a actvist and practitioner of traditional cultural forms. There will be time for questions.

Dance Recital
Julio César and Martha Montaño will demonstrate both the traditional Afro-Colombian dances of the community of Tumaco and newly-choreographed compositions that formed part of the cultural politics of the Afro-Colombian movement. Featuring Bowdoin's Afro-Colombian Marimba Ensemble.

Lecture - Quinby House, 4:30 pm
Dance Recital - Quinby House, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the African American Society, Africana Studies, the Music Department


Friday, March 4th
Symposium: Testify, Witness and Act: Black Women's Resistance
Bettye Collier-Thomas, the Professor of History at Temple University is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians; she will deliver the keynote address. Her recent publication - Jesus, Jobs and Justice was received with great acclaim. She is the founder and served as the first executive director of the Bethune Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C., the nation's first museum and archives for African American women's history. 

Symposium - Lancaster Lounge, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Keynote Address - Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Sponsored by the programs of Gender and Women's Studies and Africana Studies, with support from the Edith Lansing Koon Sills Lecture Fund, the Women's Resource Center, and the History Department

Wednesday, March 9th
C. George Caffentzis
The Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine will talk of his important work on human rights and social justice in post-colonial African states and societies.

Druckenmiller 004, 2:30 pm

Thursday, March 31st
Kate Shoemaker '95
Ms. Shoemaker is the Director of Policy and Special Projects at the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), whose president, Geoffrey Canada '74 is a fellow Bowdoin graduate. In her current capacity, she leads HCZ’s policy work at the city, state and federal level. Over the past decade at HCZ, she has also helped to start-up and manage a wide variety of projects and partnerships for HCZ including the development of HCZ’s 92,000 square foot headquarters and charter school building on 125th street. Kate is also a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, a group dedicated to helping donors adopt sound social investing practices that will generate funds to high-performing nonprofit organizations. Previously, she worked for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. Ms. Shoemaker will give an evening talk about her work with the HCZ.

Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center at 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Economics department, the Africana Studies program, the McKeen Center for the Common Good


Friday, April 8th
Jabali Afrika
Kenyan Afro-rock roots band Jabali Afrika has been shaking up audiences worldwide since they formed in 1993 as a breakaway from the restrictions of the Kenya National Theatre Dance Troupe. Recently they released their fifth studio album, Mayosi, strong on percussion and big vocal harmonies. Jabali means "rock" in Kiswahili, and Mayosi expands the group’s afro-rock sound, which blends authentic African music with the modern styles that have borrowed from it. They will perform as part of the African Day Festival, brought to you by the Africa Alliance student association. Free and open to the public.

Morrell Lounge, Smith Union at 8:00 pm

Sponsored by the Africa Alliance student association, the Africana Studies Program, and the Music Department

Wednesday, April 13th
Kolawole Bankole, MD, MS
Dr. Bankole manages the Minority Health Program, and is also the Access Project Director for the Public Health Division, Health and Human Services department, City of Portland, Maine. His special interest is access to health care for vulnerable populations working through direct communities, healthcare service providers, policy makers, and, the legislative involvements. He will give a talk titled African Immigrants in Portland, Maine: Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects.

Druckenmiller 004, 2:30 pm

Monday, April 25th
Yoruba Richen
As part of Professor Casselberry's Spring 2011 course "Protest Music", filmmaker Yoruba Richen will be present at a post-screening Q&A of her film Promised Land , a documentary about race, reconciliation and land reform in post-apartheid South Africa. Promised Land invites viewers to take an inside look at the critical story of land reform and racial reconciliation in the new South Africa. The film explores how the country is rebuilding itself after years of living under the racist, violent system of apartheid. Beginning in 1913, Blacks in South Africa were forbidden from owning land. They were forcefully removed from their land and re-settled into so called 'homelands' which were located in the most undesirable areas in the country. Over the course of ninety years, an estimated 6 million blacks were disposed of their land. Further information about this moving documentary can be found here. 

Searles 315, 6:00 pm

Sponsored by Africana Studies, Film Studies, History Department, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the Charles F. Adams Lecture Fund


Wednesday, April 27th
Dennis Looney
The Professor of Italian at the University of Pittsburgh will lecture on Dante and African American culture, drawn from his soon to be published book titled Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy, (U of Notre Dame Press, Devers Series in Dante Studies, forthcoming 2011).

Beam Auditorium, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, the Africana Studies program, Lectures and Concerts


Friday, May 6th
Partha Chatterjee
Professor Chatterjee is a Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, and is the keynote speaker at the Kemp Symposium, titled Labor and Human Emancipation: Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Histories , which will bring together historians, political economists, sociologists, and political theorists examining global histories of trade union activism, as well as race and the historical use of prison labor in the United States. Professor Chatterjee is widely known beyond the South Asia context as a theorist of anti-colonial nationalism and, more recently, for his work on the politics of post-colonial governance.

Main Lounge, Moulton Union, time to be announced

Sponsored by the History Department, Africana Studies and Asian Studies Programs, 

Fall 2010

Thursday, September 16th
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
The Grammy-nominated trumpeter will perform with NOJO, a performing arts organization dedicated to creating and presenting authentic and engaging jazz experiences.Mayfield, a versatile trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and recording artist is a passionate spokesman for the rich history and cultural significance of jazz and New Orleans. In 2010, NOJO won the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Grammy for their album "Book One".

TICKETS REQUIRED and are available at the Smith Union Information Desk
Free to Staff and Students with Bowdoin ID; $25 for the general public

Pickard Theater, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship Fund


Thursday, September 23rd
Paula Blank
The Margaret L. Hamilton Professor of English at the College of William and Mary will deliver this year's Jacob Stahl Lecture in the Humanities titled “The Proverbial Renaissance ‘Lesbian’: Queering Etymology in Contemporary Critical Practice”.

Zuckert Seminar Room at the Museum of Art, 4:30 pm

Sponsored by Africana Studies, English, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Lectures and Concerts

Harvey Amani Whitfield

Thursday, October 14th
Harvey Amani Whitfield
The Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont will present a lecture titled American Revolution, Dislocation, and Loyalist Slavery. He has published several articles about African Americans in Nova Scotia. In 2006, he published "Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860" (University Press of New England). Whitfield's current work examines Loyalist slavery in Maritime Canada. Most >> recently, he published "The American Background of Loyalist Slaves" (Left History) and with Barry Cahill "Slave Life and Slave Law in Colonial Prince Edward Island, 1769-1825" (Acadiensis). His latest article, to be published in Fall 2010, is entitled "Slavery in English Nova Scotia, 1750-1810" (Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society). He is working on two books right now. The first one is entitled "From Slavery to Slavery: African Americans in Maritime Canada during the Age of Loyalty, 1783-1820" (University of Georgia Press). The second project, co-edited with Barry Cahill, is a documentary study of slavery in Atlantic Canada.

Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall, 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the History Department and the Africana Studies Program

Spring 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010
"Homage to Haiti"
An evening of film, poetry, a panel on Haiti’s history and present developments, and information on reliable venues for donations toward humanitarian relief.
Searles 315, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Latin American Studies and Africana Studies Programs

Kimberly Smith

Monday, February 8th
Kimberly Smith
The Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Carleton College will give a talk titled Why African Americans Care About The Environment in honor of Black History Month

Russwurm House, 2nd Floor. 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Government, English, History departments, Environmental Studies and Africana Studies Programs, and the African American Society

DJ Spooky

Thursday, February 11th
Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica (DJ Spooky aka Paul Miller '92)
Paul Miller '92 is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer best known for his constructed persona, "DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid". This performance examines the environmental and cultural impacts of climate warming. It is coupled with historic, scientific, and geographical visual material featuring video projection, elctronic beats, and live musicians.

Pickard Theater, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by Environmental Studies with support provided by the Mellon Foundation and Africana Studies

Ron Krabill

Monday, March 1st
Ron Krabill
The Associate Professor and scholar of mass media and politics in the division of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington – Bothell, will lecture on Mandela, Cosby, Obama: Making Sense of Globalized Media and Racialized Politics

Kresge Auditorium, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Education Department, Africana Studies, and the McKeen Center for the Common Good

Angela Davis

Wednesday, March 3rd
Dr. Angela Davis
The Africana Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Programs at Bowdoin College present a conversation with the eminent African-American writer, philosopher, political activist, and currently the Professor of History of Consciousness and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
TICKETS REQUIRED and are available at the Smith Union Information Desk

Pickard Theater, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by the Mellon President’s Arts and Lecture Fund, and by the departments of Education, English, Government and Legal Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology, Music, Asian Studies Program, Gay and Lesbian Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, the McKeen Center for the Common Good and the African American Society.

Wednesday, April 7th
Musekiwa ChingodzaMusekiwa Chingodza
Once again, Musekiwa Chingodza will perform mbira music from Zimbabwe at Bowdoin College. Musekiwa is an accomplished mbira (thumb piano) player, singer and dancer who has performed this unique genre of Shona religious music in ceremonies and concert halls around the world. He will be joined on stage by Bud Cohen and Tony Perman

Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, 7:30 pm

Sponsored by the Music department, and Africana Studies

Thursday, April 8th

Femi VaughanProfessor Femi Vaughan
Our own Professor Femi Vaughan will present his inaugural lecture as the Geoffrey Canada Chair in Africana Studies, titled Africa and the Challenge of Globalization

Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, 7:30 pm

Friday, April 9th
William Andrews and Mitch Kachun in their 2006 edition of Julia C. Collins’ 1865 novel, The Curse of Caste; or, The Slave BrideEstablishing the Past: Problems in 19th Century African American Literary Studies
A One-Day Symposium at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
Nixon Lounge - 3rd floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

Speakers include:

John Ernest, the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University,  M. Giulia Fabi,  associate professor of American literature at the University of Ferrara, Italy, John Gruesser, Professor of English at Kean University, Hanna Wallinger is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria and Ken Warren is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Department of English at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored by Africana Studies, Academic Affairs, and the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
This event is free and open to the public

Mike PaternitiMonday, April 12th
Michael Paterniti
The Adjunct Professor of English will present a meditative non-fiction narrative on food aid workers in Africa. Mr. Paterniti won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article "Driving Mr. Albert," which was first published in Harper's Magazine. A former executive editor of Outside, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Esquire, where he is writer-at-large. He is also the co-founder of The Telling Room - a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, it seeks to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for students’ stories.

Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the English department, Africana Studies

Monday, April 19th
Nelson KasfirNelson Kasfir
Dartmouth's Professor of Government Emeritus will visit to talk about his research on Kenyan elites and the failed attempts at peace.

Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Government and Legal Studies, Africana Studies

Thursday, April 22nd
D'Lo and Dr. Treva Lindsey

Africana Studies is pleased to feature two exciting scholars/performers/activists in the field of hip hop, popular culture, and transgender studies here at Bowdoin!

D'Lo is a transgender, queer, Tamil, Sri-Lankan political theatre artist, writer and music producer. Dr. Treva Lindsey is a "diva feminist" Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Swag, Sex and Cipha: Trans/Forming Hip Hop in the 21st CenturyTogether, the two will headline "Swag, Sex and Cipha: Trans/Forming Hip Hop in the 21st Century." This is a rare opportunity to enjoy an interactive and provocative presentation, in an intimate setting, by two rising stars in the field of performance and cultural studies.

D'Lo is a transgendered queer Tamil Sri Lankan-American political theatre artist, writer and music producer. "Gay Hindu Hip Hop- These 3 things make me but don't allow for one another. I attempt to fuse these elements of my being (and my imaginary friends) onto the stage." Weaving personal stories through poetry, music, comedy and video, D’Lo also presents a parade of characters, real and imaginary. These diverse, flawed characters come to the stage to share their stories – stories filled with contradictions of existing in America where one’s traditions and culture are constantly challenged; stories reflecting the experiences of being a person of color and/or from an immigrant community; stories showing the battle against ignorance even in friendships and relationships; and finally, stories of love that reflect D’Lo’s belief that “you can’t call yourself a revolutionary if you have a problem being nice.

Dr. Treva B. LindseyDr. Treva B. Lindsey is a "diva feminist" Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests are African American and Women's history, black popular culture, and gender theory. Dr. Lindsey uses a hip hop feminist pedagogy-beginning with intervention, riffin' on hip hop soul and culminating in an impromptu cipher--in her scholarship and teaching. Her current project is an investigation of black women's notes/hip hop soul (e.g. Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill). She is currently co-teaching a course at Duke University with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal and the producer of 9th Wonder entitled "Sampling Soul".

Russwurm House, 2nd Floor, 5:15 pm

Sponsored by Africana Studies, African-American Society, Asian Studies, English, Gay and Lesbian Studies, MMUF, Music, RCSGD, Theater and Dance, WRC

Kathryn Bond Stockton, professor of English at the University of UtahFriday and Saturday, April 30th and May 1st
Tomorrow's Parties: A Queer Americanist Colloquium
An important recent development in queer studies has been a turn to considerations of temporality - of time - as a way to reimagine questions about sex and history, the body and social life, and the place of queer people in the stories we tell about the past and, especially, the future. This two-day mini-conference features some of the most prominent young scholars in the overlapping fields of queer studies and American studies who will gather to consider which questions, and which thinkers, are now the most pressing for queer Americanist work as it moves forward. Keynote address by Kathryn Bond Stockton, professor of English at the University of Utah.

Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, 11:00 am

Sponsored by the English department, Africana Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies