News & Events

News & Events

  • MoAD – #BlackLivesMatter: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement

    February 19, 2015

    On Friday, February 27th 6 - 9 pm, African American Studies graduate student Jarvis Givens will participate in a panel discussion on #BlackLivesMatter and the civil rights movement at MoAD in San Francisco. This is event is co-sponsored by the MoAD Vanguard and the SF Alphas. 

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  • Committed Cinema – Thomas Allen Harris @ BAM/PFA

    February 10, 2015

    Committed Cinema Thomas Allen Harris Much of Thomas Allen Harris’s film work has involved looking into his personal history, which was shaped by the absence of his father, childhood years spent in Tanzania, his gay identity, and a grandfather interested in photography. While the emotional resonance of his films may reside in his family stories, Harris opens up the possibility of political action and social change by placing them within larger community contexts. His films boldly move from pain to celebration, from the personal to the epic. Harris’s most recent film, Through a Lens Darkly, constructs a counter history of…

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  • New Book from Robeson Taj Frazier

    January 28, 2015

    Alumni Robeson Taj Frazier, PhD has just published his first book, entitlted: The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination. He is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Congratulations Taj! Description: During the Cold War, several prominent African American radical activist-intellectuals—including W.E.B. and Shirley Graham Du Bois, journalist William Worthy, Marxist feminist Vicki Garvin, and freedom fighters Mabel and Robert Williams—traveled and lived in China. There, they used a variety of media to express their solidarity with Chinese communism and to redefine the relationship between Asian…

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  • Special Recognition for Alumni Marlon M. Bailey, PhD

    January 23, 2015

    UC Berkeley African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies Alumni Marlon M. Bailey, PhD has recently recieved a very special recognition. Professor Bailey's book, BUTCH QUEENS UP IN PUMPS: GENDER, PERFORMANCE, AND BALLROOM CULTURE IN DETROIT was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize from the GL/Q Caucus at the Modern Language Association (MLA). Congratulations Marlon!  

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  • Graduate Conference in Dutch Studies

    December 2, 2014

    Identities in the Making: Dutch Colonialisms and Postcolonial Presents

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  • #HowMediaWritesBlackWomen: Reality TV vs. the Writer as Innovator

    November 16, 2014

    Aya de Leon says the persistent reality television trend limits representation and opportunities for Black women...   

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  • Remaking the UNIVERSITY

    October 9, 2014

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  • Bryant Terry AfroVegan

    April 21, 2014

    Soul Food, Politics, and Public Health A talk, demo and book signing with master chefs Bryant Terry and Njathi Wa Kabui. Bryant Terry is renowned for his activism for a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Alice Waters says, ‘Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.’ Chef Kabui is a food activist and anthropologist based in Durham, N.C. Born into a family of Kenyan coffee farmers, Kabui is dedicated to eradicating ‘food deserts.’

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  • Gerald Horne visits to discuss his newest books…

    April 17, 2014

    GERALD HORNE, Ph.D., J.D., will be discussing his newest books, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance (NYU Press) and the Origins of the United States of America and Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle (Illinois Press). 

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  • Liberating Dreams Symposium

    April 14, 2014

    Liberating Dreams Symposium On Saturday, May 3rd,   2014, the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is excited to host a symposium exploring how we begin to Liberate Our Dreams.  Our guiding questions for the day are what does it mean to liberate our dreams and how do we begin?  Nikky Finney, John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair of Southern Literature & Creative Writing, English & African American Studies, University of South Carolina will bring our keynote address.  Interactive workshops designed to help symposium participants access their creative selves will also be featured.  This gathering is in an…

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