November 14: Food for Thought
Lunchtime conversations about research in African and African American Studies
Dr. Robert W. Simmons III
Center for Innovation in Urban Education
Looking beyond the Empty Desk in the Third Row:
Reflections on African American males in American schools
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Noon, College Center Room 114
Lunch provided, bring a friend!
This presentation will take a look at the experiences of African American males attending public and private schools in the United States. Dr. Simmons’ presentation will provide insight into his personal journey using an autoethnographic approach merged with his larger body of qualitative research on African American males in schools.
October 30: Fourth Annual AAAS Fall Lecture
Race, Voting Rights, and the Reemergence of Privatized Public Space
Dr. Tyson King-Meadows
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Wednesday, October 30, 7pm
Fourth Floor Programming Room
Free and open to the public
King-Meadows is a scholar of American political history who focuses on voting rights and black elected officials. He has written several books on the subject, as well as served as a fellow at Harvard, Princeton, and the Fulbright program. Such a lecture will help the campus think about a core democratic institution both in the wake of recent moves to retract voter rolls and in the long history of voter registration drives in the African American civil rights movement. The talk is timely given the Supreme Court decision invalidating key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and subsequent state-level initiatives to increase requirements for voter registration. The event is scheduled for just before election day, when the campus is (or, ought to be) thinking about the democratic process and primed for a scholarly take on its history and present debates.
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September 19: Food for Thought lunchtime conversation
Join us for Food for Thought, a new lunchtime conversation series about research in African and African American Studies.
Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead
“ #QuiltedNarratives ”
using social media to tell and share our stories
Thursday, September 19, 2013
noon, College Center Room 113
Lunch provided, bring a friend!
For the past two years, Dr. Whitehead (Communication) has used #QuiltedNarratives to explore the ways that we can make strategic use of digital media and social networking tools to document and share our stories. For example, this summer a descendant of Harriet Tubman asked Dr. Whitehead to help a letter go viral protesting an inflammatory depiction of her beloved ancestor in a sexualized comedy video. In this way, Dr. Whitehead’s work with new technology connects to her scholarship documenting the lives of nineteenth-century black women, including a forthcoming book on the pocket diaries of Emilie Davis, a free black woman of Philadelphia.
This "Food for Thought" session will invite us to think critically about how we use technology in our lives and explore new ways that we can use it to challenge conventional norms and perhaps become agents of change. Might we reimagine digital tools to stitch our lives and experiences together in new, empowering ways? Let’s talk about it! You are invited to live tweet to share our conversation, our questions, and our findings with the world.
May 2013: Congratulations to new AAAS graduates
Congratulations to this year's AAAS graduates: Jenn Burt, who will pursue a career in social services or public policy, and Erica Maduakolam, who will pursue a career in health services before applying to medical school.
Oct. 1, 2012: Third Annual Fall AAAS Lecture
Bridging the Atlantic: The Pitfalls and Potential for U.S.-Africa Engagement
Emira Woods, Codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies
- Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm
- Fourth Floor Program Room
- Free and open to the public.
Emira Woods is an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy. Emira serves on the Board of Directors of Africa Action, Just Associates, Global Justice and the Financial Policy Forum. She is also on the Network Council of Jubilee USA. Emira completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and her graduate studies at Harvard. Prior to joining IPS, she was program manager for the Committee on Development Policy and Practice at InterAction, serving as a principal staff contact for advocacy at the UN, the international financial institutions, USAID and Treasury. Previous to that, she served as a program officer of Oxfam America's Africa program.
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May 2012: Congratulations to new AAAS graduates and alumni
Congratulations to this year's AAAS graduates: Joelle Sanphy, who will pursue her MAT degree at Loyola, and Morgan Murray, who will pursue a master's degree in speech therapy at the University of Maryland. Morgan was also a Fulbright alternate for South Africa.
Congratulations to our alumni, too: Andrew Zaleski is a freelance writer and editor who has placed a number of pieces in local and national venues, including The Atlantic. Liza Schreiner took a job as teaching assistant at the Village Learning Center in downtown Baltimore.
March 2012: AAAS students travel to national conference
Two graduating seniors, Morgan Murray and Joelle Sanphy, traveled to Atlanta over spring break to attend the annual meeting of the National Council for Black Studies. When they returned to campus, Morgan and Joelle shared some of that knowledge and leadership skills for a teach-in on the Trayvon Martin killing.
Oct. 19, 2011: Second Annual Fall AAAS Lecture
Lonnie G. Bunch III, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position he is working to set the museum’s mission, coordinate its fundraising and membership campaigns, develop its collections, establish cultural partnerships and oversee the design and construction of the museum’s building. Rooted in his belief that the museum exists now although the building is not in place, he is designing a high-profile program of traveling exhibitions and public events ranging from panel discussions and seminars to oral history and collecting workshops.
The museum, the 19th to open as part of the Smithsonian Institution, will be built on the national Mall where Smithsonian museums attracted more than 24 million visitors in 2005. It will stand on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument and opposite the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
As a public historian, a scholar who brings history to the people, Bunch has spent nearly 30 years in the museum field where he is regarded as one of the nation’s leading figures in the historical and museum community. View more information about Bunch's lecture.
May 2011: Congratulations to our first ever AAAS graduates at Loyola
Congratulations to Loyola's very first African and African American Studies graduates: Andrew Zaleski ('11, English) and Liza Schreiner ('11, English). Both are using their AAAS knowledge in the post-Loyola pursuits: Andrew as the digital media editor for The Urbanite, a beloved monthly magazine in Baltimore; Liza as an intern for the national office of the Refugee Youth Project, for which she began working as a service-learning student in an African History course.
Continuing AAAS students are majoring in Global Studies, Speech Pathology, English, and perhaps more. AAAS is a great complement to any field of study -- stop by to see the Director or members of the AAAS Faculty Steering Committee to talk about how AAAS can fit into your studies and post-Loyola plans!
Sept. 29, 2010: Inaugural Fall Lecture
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP
6:30 pm, McGuire Hall, talk followed by a Q&A
The NAACP was founded in 1909 and is “the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization.” Now entering its second century of existence, the NAACP is reflecting on its role in the twenty-first century, a question also facing academic fields in African and African American studies. Mr. Jealous is a graduate of Columbia University, a Rhodes Scholar, and prior to assuming the helm at the NAACP he served as president of the Rosenberg Foundation, director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International, and Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).
Thanks for to everyone for making the event a success. View the director's statement and event photos from Jealous's lecture.
September 2010: National Visionary Leadership Project Comes to Loyola
The Loyola-Notre Dame Library is pleased to announce the donation of tapes and transcripts of interviews of many notable African American Visionaries that were recorded by the National Visionary Leadership Project (http://www.visionaryproject.org/about/index.asp). The subjects of these interviews have shaped American history in many different ways and come from all walks of life; some of these elders are nationally recognized leaders, while others are known primarily in their local communities. LNDL is cataloging the materials and placing them on reserve for use by students, including those taking courses in Loyola’s new African and African American Studies minor.
The library’s holdings include videos of full-length interviews with Quincy Jones and Coretta Scott King (see clips below), among many others. Transcripts of many of the interviews are also available. The interviews cover everything from their thoughts on leadership and the civil rights movement, to anecdotes from childhood.
Coretta Scott King on her childhood
Quincy Jones on America’s racial future
View more information about the National Visionary Leadership Project on the Library news site.
Sept. 17, 2010: Faculty Friday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, HUG lounge
AAAS is teaming up with Latina America and Latino Studies (LALS), another of Loyola's newest interdisciplinary minors, to co-host the first Faculty Friday of the year. See you there!
July 14-17, 2010: NCBS Workshop
Atlanta, Georgia State University
AAAS director Brian Norman traveled to Atlanta to participate in a workshop for new administrators of Black Studies programs. The workshop was put on by the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and funded by the Ford Foundation. Fourteen directors from programs across the nation and at a variety of institutions (research, liberal arts, regional) discussed the state of the field of Africana Studies and practiced the art of budgeting, strategic planning, course design, and assessment.