Africana Studies

51st Annual Africana Studies Week

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 11:00am to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 3:30pm

Online: Zoom

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Re-imagining the New: Preceding Encounters, Novel Antidotes

We are in a reckoning state in the world. The COVID-19 Pandemic is inspiring an international social justice movement, which reverberates our deepest concern for the humanity of our Black citizens in the United States and the world over. In year 51, the Department of Africana Studies will explore how we re-imagine our commitment to scholarship and service, as well as student achievement and success during uncertain times.

Our theme, “Re-imagining the New: Preceding Encounters, Novel Antidotes”, continues to memorialize the department’s existence in its 51st year. We continue to celebrate the sacrifices of those who fought for a Black Studies department, and those who continue to struggle and advocate for change, in new and innovative ways.

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 2
What’s your Superpower?
Leonard Clifton, Author, Actor, Activist

Monday, November 2
Mass Incarceration in America
Dr. Derik Smith, Associate Professor of Literature Claremont McKenna College

Tuesday, November 3
Fighting Anti-Racism in American Democracy: Weaponizing the Vote to Defeat Oppression
Dr. Anthony Samad, Director-Mervyn Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Wednesday, November 4
Storm at Valley State: The Teach In
Rev./Dr. Zedar Broadous, CSUN Alumnus During the Storm

Wednesday, November 4
The Black CARD (Community Awareness Roundtable Discussion)
Moderator, Dr. Monique Aguirre, Resilient Counseling, Wellness & Psychological Services
Panelists include, Jabari Ali, Troy Strange, Kendra Speights, Tyrone Carter, Grace Burton, and Carrolee Logan

Join Us Online

All events will be live via Zoom Webinar. To join us, please log in to Zoom using your CSUN ID and password or download Zoom for free. Meeting ID: 836 5067 2087

Note: Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers, real-time captionists, or assistive listening devices) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact Dr. Cedric Hackett at