New Directions

A lecture series featuring the works of prominent scholars in the field of african diaspora studies

2018-2019 New Direction Lecture Series

Theme: Activism, Arts and the Academy

Fall 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Fulton Hall 511

Prof. Lyndon K. Gill
Department of African & African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Title: Erotic Islands: Art & Activism in the Queer Caribbean


Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 pm to 6:00 p.m.
Devlin 101

Prof. Kali Gross
Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History
Department of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Title: “Hannah Mary Tabbs, Black Female Violence, and Making Messy Histories”
Description: The talk will explore a brutal murder and dismemberment that took place in Philadelphia in 1887, and will examine how race, gender, sexuality, and violence tested investigative efforts and historical methodologies.


Wednesday, October 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Devlin 101

Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Creator: #LoveWITHAccountability, Producer/Writer/Director: NO! The Rape Documentary
Title: Forthcoming
Description: Forthcoming

Spring 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6: 00 p.m.
Devlin 101

Prof. Abena Ampofoa Asare
Africana Studies/History, Stony Brook University
Title: Victim/Citizen/Expert: The Politics and History of Suffering While Black
Description: This talk considers the political utility of public suffering within contemporary Africa and African Diaspora political and social movements.