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  • Black Staff and Faculty Organization: Recognizing the Legacies of Black Women at Cal

    March 10, 2021

    View this email in your browser Recognizing the Legacies of Black Women at Cal Members of the 1921 Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, University of California, Berkeley (left to right): Virginia Stephens, Oreatheal Richardson, Myrtle Price (in back), Ida Jackson (sorority president), Talma Brooks, and Ruby Jefferson. (Photo courtesy of Stephens Family papers, African American Museum and Library at Oakland) BSFO acknowledges and celebrates the phenomenal legacy of Black womxn at Cal who are, or have been, staff, faculty, students, contributors, community members, etc. on campus since 1909. We extend our appreciation for you, and THANK YOU for your tremendous impact.…

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  • Language is more than how we speak — it’s home

    February 17, 2021

    Language is more than how we speak — it’s home By Anne Brice, Berkeley News, and Ivan Natividad| FEBRUARY 16, 2021 Listen here Subscribe to Fiat Vox. See all podcast episodes. This episode features African American Studies Lecturer, Rose Wilkerson.     

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  • Black Staff & Faculty Organization: Black History Month Newsletter 2021

    February 3, 2021

    Published by the Black Staff & Faculty Organization at UC Berkeley. To view in a browser click here. February 2021 Newsletter   Dear BSFO Family, While we wish that we could celebrate Black History Month together in-person this year, we are grateful for everyone's health and safety and are SO excited for the amazing BHM programming happening on campus and with BSFO cohorts throughout the UC! We are working to make sure we highlight all the events going on this month, and please let us know if there is an event, announcement, or concern you would like to lift up…

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  • Berkeley Conversations: Race & The Criminal Justice System

    August 4, 2020

    "Berkeley Conversations: Race & The Criminal Justice System" featuring African American Studies Professor, Nikki Jones. Link: https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/07/28/race-the-criminal-justice-system/

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  • Berkeley to mark ‘400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice’

    August 20, 2019


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  • Memorial of Toni Whittle-Ciprazo

    March 18, 2019

    Dear all, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our colleague, Toni Whittle-Ciprazo, passed away  after a lengthy illness. Toni was a bright light in the College of Letters and Science - serving with generosity and distinction across her long career here. She began her work on the Berkeley Campus in 1987 in the Physics Department and received numerous service awards including the Excellence in Management Award twice (2004 and 2009). Toni served as the Manager of the Art Practice Department from 2008 to 2017. In 2017 she moved from the Division of Arts and…

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  • African Language Program

    September 24, 2018

    09/24/2018 The Center for African Studies succeeded in getting both the Title VI NRC and FLAS grants from the US Department of Education. The NRC includes funds for adding courses in Amharic and Igbo, while FLAS grants will go towards supporting graduate students seeking advanced training in African languages. FLAS funds are also available to undergraduate students (with limitations), who are at the intermediate level. More information about Title VI NRC and FLAS grant are to be found in the following links:  (i) FLAS: https://africa.berkeley.edu/flas  (ii) Title VI Center: https://africa.berkeley.edu/titleVI  09/25/2018 Students seeking to satisfy their foreign language requirement may use Swahili…

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  • Spring 2016 News

    February 2, 2016

    (top) "The Gender of Police Violence"  in TIKKUN MAGAZINE (2016) by Nikki Jones. Jones is Associate Professor of African American studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence and a forthcoming book, The Chosen Ones: Black Men, Violence and the Politics of Redemption, from which this article is adapted. (bottom) California Winter League (2016) by Chiyuma Elliot. Elliott is an Assistant Professor of African American studies at UC Berkeley. A former Stegner Fellow, Chiyuma has published poetry in the African American Review, Callaloo, PN Review, and other journals. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the James Irvine Foundation, and the…

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  • The Black Room @ UC Berkeley

    November 2, 2015

      The Black Room: Revisiting "Blackness" In The Global 21st Century Program Series:  Interdisciplinary Faculty Programs   The Black Room: Revisiting “Blackness” in the Global 21stCentury organized by Nadia Ellis (English), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), Darieck Scott (African American Studies), and Bryan Wagner (English), deals with “The Black Room,” an inclusive space that exists to foster critical reflection and exchange about foundational terms and concepts in African American and African Diaspora Studies.  This project will answer questions such as: What is blackness? Is it a culture, a politics, a standpoint, or a way of being? What does it mean to…

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  • Liberating Dreams

    October 19, 2015


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