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December 8, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Keith Gilyard, Ph.D.
"Negotiating the Job Offer"

217 Willard
10:00-11:30 a.m.

December 7, 2010 - Presentation by ARC Post-doc, Jasmine Cobb

Jasmine Cobb

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences was pleased to present a talk by Jasmine Cobb, a post-doctoral research fellow at Penn State’s Africana Research Center, on Tuesday, December 7, at 4:00 p.m. in 124 Sparks.  The title of Jasmine’s talk was “Picturing Freedom: Race in the Transatlantic Parlor.”  Dr. Cobb completed her doctoral degree in communication and culture at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on both historical and contemporary representations of race, class, gender and sexuality in visual cultures, and she has published work on sexuality in popular music, Black filmmaking, and race on television.

September 24-December 5, 2010 - Textural Rhythms Exhibition

Textural Rhythms
Ann Shields poses with a piece of artwork at the Textural Rhythms exhibit
HUB-Robeson Gallery
Constructing the Jazz Tradition
Contemporary African American Quilts
Curated by Carolyn Mazloomi
Founder and Coordinator of the Women of Color Quilters Network
"Jazz, like quilting, is a woven art form." Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Curator

The HUB-Robeson Galleries was home to "Textural Rhythms," a collection of 67 quilts created by some of America’s best-known African American quilters such as Michael Cummings, Ed Johnetta Miller, Tina Brewer and Jim Smoote, from Sept. 24 to Dec. 5. The exhibit was held in collaboration with local and University professional artists, the doll exhibit of Maxine Levin and a club environment structure by John Geisz.  There was a jazz student combo performing at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Robeson Gallery.  Admission to the exhibit was free.  Also, Dan Yoder, professor of music, led Penn State School of Music Students in a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the HUB Auditorium.

December 4, 2010 - 12th Annual Kwanzaa Extravaganza

The Black Graduate Student Association presented its 12the Annual Kwanzaa Extravaganza on Saturday, December 4, 2010, in Heritage Hall of the HUB.  The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of the Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. and the event began at 6 p.m.  The event was free, but all those attending needed a ticket to enter.  The Black Graduate Student Association asked that all those attending donate a non-perishable food item to assist State College families in need.

December 2, 2010 - Toi Derricotte Workshop on Strategies for Building Intellectual Community

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This workshop, with the founder of Cave Canem (a retreat/creative space for Black creative writers), focused on ways to build intellectual community among faculty of color.

Toi Derricotte is a poet, professor of English at University of Pittsburgh and co-founder, with Cornelius Eady, of the Cave Canem Foundation, North America’s premier “home for black poetry.” Her books of poetry are Tender (1997), Captivity (1989), Natural Birth (1983), and the Empress of Death House (1978). Her The Black Notebooks, a literary memoir, won the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Pushcart Prizes, the Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

28 Burrowes, Grucci Room
2:30-4:00 p.m.

Toi also did a reading from 5:00 – 6:30 pm at Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library.

November 18, 2010 - The Nelson Mandela Lecture with Mahmood Mamdani, Ph.D.

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Mahmood Mamdani, Director, Columbia's Institute of African Studies

"Human Rights: The African Experience and the Way Forward"

Mahmood Mamdani discussed two paradigms of human rights.  One claimed to generalize the lessons of the Holocaust and the other needs to draw lessons from the end of apartheid, two great crimes against humanity.  We identified the first with Nuremberg, the other with CODESA (Convention for a Democratic South Africa).  Each of these paradigms has an implication for how we think of human wrongs and thus human rights.  I suggest three ways of distinguishing between how we think of the Holocaust and apartheid.

Whereas Nuremberg has been the explicit basis for the articulation of a post-Holocaust notion of human rights, I argued that the lessons of CODESA have yet to be fully theorized. Whereas Nuremberg shaped a notion of justice as criminal justice, CODESA calls on us to think of justice primarily as political justice. Whereas Nuremberg has become the basis of a notion of victims’ justice – as a complement rather than a contrast to victors’ justice – CODESA provides the basis for an alternative notion of justice, which I call survivors’ justice.
Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

November 17, 2010 - M.K. Asante Lecture and Film Screening

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Award Winning Author/Filmmaker/Professor

119 Osmond

8:00 p.m.

Film Screening of The Black Candle

Pre-Film Artist Lecture, "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" on 11/16/10

160 Willard

6 p.m.

November 17, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Nan Woodruff, Ph.D., and Lori Ginzberg, Ph.D.
"Writing a Grant Proposal"

217 Willard
10:00-11:30 a.m.

November 15, 2010 - Research & Pizza with Neil Brown, Ph.D.

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Neil Brown, Ph.D., Research Associate with the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA)

"Sustainability Science:  Where Social, Economic and Environmental Concerns Share Ideas"

This talk focused on using sustainability science as a tool for facilitating Penn State faculty and undergraduate interdisciplinary research, education and service projects. The discussion centered on a developing study abroad program in Jamaica in which Penn State students are helping to tackle issues of sustainable development while developing leadership, collaborative and research skills.

217 Willard

November 12, 2010 - Research & Pizza with Nan Woodruff, Ph.D.

Nan Woodruff

Nan Woodruff, Professor of Modern US History

"The Legacy of Terror Among African Americans in Tallahatchie County and Grenada, Mississippi:  The Legacy of Emmett Till and the Grenada Desegregation of 1966"
This talk looked at the legacy of terror in two Mississippi Counties that witnessed major violence during the post-1945 civil rights era. In the 1950s, Emmett Till was murdered in Tallahatchie County and in 1966 Grenada experienced the second most violent desegregation in the South. More recently, efforts have occurred in these communities to confront the past in various ways and with varying degrees of success. This talk attempted to grappel with the difficulties involved in confronting the legacy of terror and in seeking various forms of redress.

217 Willard

November 12, 2010 - "Critical Philosophy of Race:  Intersections with Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationality Beyond the Black/White Binary"

This conference brought together established and emerging scholars to explore new dimensions in the critical philosophy of race. Of particular interest were intersections between race, culture, ethnicity, and nationality (as well as with gender and sexuality) that reach beyond the black/white binary as a focal point. Our guiding questions include: What are the new dimensions and trajectories in the critical philosophy of race? How might the critical philosophy of race help us to think through the aforementioned intersections in relationship with questions about identity, authenticity, assimilation, acculturation, immigration, citizenship, solidarity, and coalition building (to name a few)? The scholars who participated represented various philosophical traditions and included Linda Martín Alcoff, Robert Bernasconi, Namita Goswami, David H. Kim, Kyoo Lee, José Medina, Mariana Ortega, Sonia Sikka, Ronald R. Sundstrom, and Paul C. Taylor.
The Nittany Lion Inn, Alumni Lounge

November 10, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Michael Berube, Ph.D.

"Role of Public Intellectuals in the Academy"

217 Willard

10:00-11:30 a.m.

November 4-5, 2010 - Rompiendo Barreras, Abriendo Caminos (Breaking Borders, Opening Paths):  Cuban Hip Hop at Penn State

Nov. 4, 4pm, Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library
Film Screening of “East of Havana” …. a trio of underground rappers in Cuba struggle to get their music heard.  Followed by Panel Discussion with Cuban Artists.
Nov. 5, 3pm, Globalized Hip Hop: Power from the Margins to Mainstream” Interdisciplinary Panel & Discussion, 105 Business Building

With: Ronny Burrage (Integrative Arts), Chenjerai Kumanyika (College of Communications), Alyssa Garcia (Women’s Studies), & Tanya Saunders (Sociology, Lehigh University).  

Showcase and Open Mic, 8pm, Pollock Commons Lounge.  Featuring special guests: OG Tha Arsonist & Ronny Burrage with his students Drew Jackson, Equille Williams, Ugo Onyianta. Followed by Open Floor w/ DJ Alejandro.

October 28, 2010 - LGBTA History Month Lecture with Wendy Isaack

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Wendy Isaack, Lawyer for People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) in Johannesburg, South Africa

"State Protection of the Human Rights of Sexual Minorities is Indispensable to Africa’s Renewal"

The lecture acknowledged the positive developments in South Africa – most notably, that the end of apartheid ushered in a legal and political dispensation which provides the most expansive legal protection for LGBTI people in the world.

HUB Alumni Hall
7:00-8:00 p.m.

October 25, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Carla Mulford, Ph.D.
"Teaching, Part 2"

217 Willard
10:00-11:30 a.m.

October 18, 2010 - Research & Pizza with Shakoor Ward, Ph.D.

Shakoor Ward, Ph.D., College of Education

"Investigation of Faculty Influence on Psychosocial Variables Affecting the Persistence of African American Students at The Pennsylvania State University"
This study investigated the relevance of psychosocial variables as they relate to the persistence of African American students at a predominantly white university (PWU). Although it is difficult to measure persistence (i.e. the desire and action of a student to stay within the system of higher education from beginning through degree completion), this study ranks African American undergraduate student perceptions regarding non-faculty and faculty influenced factors that arguably helps or hinders persistence. Repeated themes arose from the literature review that identified salient factors associated with African American undergraduate student persistence at PWUs.
217 Willard

October 18, 2010 - Comparative Literature Luncheon with Isabel Hofmeyr, Ph.D.

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Professor of African  Literature, University of  Witwatersrand,  Johannesburg, South Africa
Topic:  “Gandhi and his South African Readers”
Date: Monday October 18, 2010
Place: 102 Kern Building
Time: 12:30 pm
Event:    The Comparative Literature Luncheon Series
Topic:  "Seeking Empire, Finding Nation:Gandhi and Indianness in South Africa"
Date: Monday October 18, 2010
Place: 220 Hammond
Time: 5:00 pm
Event:    The Migration Studies Distinguished Lecture Series
Bio: Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Her first monograph We Spend our Years as a Tale that is Told: Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom (1994) was shortlisted for the Herskovits Prize.  The Portable Bunyan: A Transnational History of the Pilgrim's Progress won the 2007 Richard L. Greaves Award from the International John Bunyan Society.  Until last year, she was acting director for the Centre of Indian Studies in Africa ( She is currently working on textual circulation in the Indian Ocean.

October 20, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Jack Selzer, Ph.D.
"Art of the Deal"

217 Willard
10:00-11:30 a.m.

October 13, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Carla Mulford, Ph.D.
"Teaching, Part 1"

217 Willard
10:00-11:30 a.m.

October 6, 2010 - Penn State Jazz Club presents "The Roots of Hip-Hop:  Spoken-Word & Jazz with Amiri Baraka"

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Heritage Hall

8:00 p.m.

September 29, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Kit Hume, Ph.D.
"Engaging in Scholarly Writing"

217 Willard
10:00-11:30 a.m.

September 27, 2010 - Research & Pizza with Gregory Pierrot

Gregory Pierrot, Graduate Student, Department of English

"Materials for an Edition of Marcus Rainsford's An Historical Account of the Black Empire in Hayti"

Though cited in virtually all scholarly studies of the Haitian Revolution, An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti has never been republished, and its author Marcus Rainsford has mostly been ignored. Yet preliminary research suggests that there is much to explore in Rainsford and his relation to Haiti. My project revealed the particulars of Rainsford's involvement in the West Indies and the role he played in diplomatic relations between the newly created state of Haiti and the United Kingdom.  My research further illustrated the complex position held by Haiti in Western culture and history.

217 Willard

September 20, 2010 - Research & Pizza with Chanda Turner

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Chanda Turner, Graduate Student, Department of Geography

"International Technology Transfer of Mashavu Telemedicine"

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is facing continuous health threats characterized by a pandemic of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria; high levels of infant-maternal mortality, low-life expectancy and deteriorating health care facilities.  Communications technologies and telemedicine have the potential to help overcome some of the healthcare challenges in remote regions.  Mashavu (Swahili for “chubby cheek”) is a networked health solution that enables medical professionals around the world to connect with patients in the developing world using modern technology and communications infrastructure. Research has been conducted in Kenya to determine the legal aspects affecting Mashavu telemedicine in Kenya, particularly in areas of liability, jurisdiction and privacy.  The impact of such research, locally and internationally, is important for Mashavu as well as other social entrepreneurial ventures.

217 Willard

September 15, 2010 - Fellow's Professional Development Seminar

Cary Fraser, Ph.D.
"Turning the Dissertation into a Monograph"

217 Willard

10:00-11:30 a.m.

September 7, 2010 - ARC Welcomes New Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-Doc Orientation

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September 1, 2010 - AAAS Brown Bag Series

The ARC co-sponsored the AAAS Fall 2010 Brown Bag Series.

March 26, 2010 - A Colloquium from the National Black Feminist Organization

The Africana Research Center co-sponsored a colloquium from the National Black Feminist Organization.


History of the NBFO

March 1, 2010 - Sara Baartman Colloquium

As part of the Moments of Change initiative at Penn State University, the Africana Research Center and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities presented "The Meanings of Saartje (Sara) Baartman", featuring some of the foremost South African and US scholars on  Baartman's contemporary significance, and a presentation by the award-winning visual artist Zanele Muholi. Speakers include Dr. Desiree Lewis - University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall - Spelman College; Ms. Zanele Muholi - Artist in Residence, Monash University; Dr. Arlene Keizer - UC-Irvine; and Dr. Yvette Abrahams - Commission for Gender Equality, South Africa.  Co-sponsors include African and African American Studies, Women's Studies, Comparative Literature, LGBTA Student Resource Center, the School of Visual Arts and the Arts in Public Life Project.