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Blacks in Boston Conference

"Blacks in Boston: Black ... and Immigrant

Saturday, 2 April 2016, Gasson Hall 100

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Works-In-Progress Lecture Series

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Regine Jean-Charles, Associate Professor of RLL and AADS, Boston College

"A Border Between Geographies of Grief: Mapping the Border Tensions Between Haiti and the Dominican Republic"

 Lyons Hall 301E @ 12 pm


Wedneday, 4 November 2015              

Adam Lewis, Assistant Professor of English, Boston College

 "The Liberia Herald’s Transatlantic Exchanges"

Lyons Hal 301E @ 12 pm



New Directions in African Diaspora Studies

Wednesday, October 14th , 4:30-6:00 pm

Professor Myriam J. A. Chancy, HBA Chair in the Humanities, Scripps College

"Diasporic Dis(Af)filiations: Re-reading "race" transnationally."

McGuinn Hall 121

This talk proposes that by rethinking terms like "emancipation," "kinship," and "indigeneity," as well as geography and economic status, we can arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the terms that bind the African Diaspora and those that disband its potential for a politically or culturally viable collectivity.


Thursday, November 12th, 4:30-6:00 pm

Olive Senior, Writer

"'Like Soldiers Going to War': The West Indian Builders of the Panama Canal"

McGuinn Hall 121

This talk explores how poverty-stricken workers from the West Indies transformed the fetid Panama jungles, built the Panama Railroad and the Panama Canal, refashioned themselves and moved their colonial islands into the twentieth century.










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Blacks in Boston


Lecture Series:

Works in Progress

New Directions