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
5:00–6:30 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

Description: Erotic Islands maps a long queer presence at a crossroads of the Caribbean, foregrounding histories of Carnival, calypso, and HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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

Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Creator, #LoveWITHAccountability  (Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow)
Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice
Producer/Writer/Director, NO! The Rape Documentary
Associate Editor, The Feminist WireTitle: Forthcoming

Title: Digging Up the Roots of Sexual Violence

Description: We cannot and must not talk about rape, including campus rape, without also talking about child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is, for many victim-survivors, a precursor to violence in adulthood. Ending sexual violence in our society starts with ending child sexual abuse

Spring 2019

Tuesday, January 29
6:00–7:30 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121

Ashon Crawley
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and African American and African Studies
University of Virginia

Title: In the Flesh: Prayer, Praise, Protest

Description: In this talk, I discuss my performance arts practice as the practice of prayer, power, and protest.


Tuesday, February 19
4:30–6: 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.