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Monday, March 23, 4:30pm

Tanisha C. Ford

"Violence at Desmond's Hip City: Olive Morris, Gender Politics, and Soul Power in London"

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with speaker to discuss her experiences in the historical profession and as a public intellectual
12NOON, VAN DYCK 301.  RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tanisha C. Ford is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, Fall 2015). Ford's research uncovers how and why black women in the United States, England, and South Africa used fashion as a tool of cultural-political expression and as a form of resistance to state-sanctioned violence. She has published and forthcoming articles in the Journal of Southern History, Black Camera, The Black Scholar, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Her research has been supported by institutions including: the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Center for Black Music Research, the University of London, and the Organization of American Historians. She is also invested in digital feminisms and serves as a contributing editor at the Feminist Wire (dot com). Her cultural commentary has been featured in The New Yorker, The Root, NPR, News One, and Fuse. She earned a Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2011.


Thursday, April 9, 4:30pm

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

"The Long Arm of the Past: Historical Roots of American Punitiveness"

William Jelani Cobb

"The Historian in the Public Square"

with speakers to discuss their experiences in the historical profession and as public intellectuals
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds a doctorate in US history from Rutgers University and is a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. He is a contributing author of a 2014 National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, and is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard), which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. His research focuses on racial criminalization in modern U.S. History. Khalil’s scholarship has been featured in a number of national print and broadcast media outlets, including the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR and MSNBC. He is a former associate editor of The Journal of American History and prior Andrew W. Mellon fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his commitment to public engagement, including Crain Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 (2011), Ebony Power 100 (2013) and The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012-2014). He also holds two honorary doctorates from The New School (2013) and Bloomfield College (2014). He serves on the board of The Barnes Foundation, and the editorial boards of Transition magazine and the North Star Series of John Hopkins Press.
William Jelani Cobb is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. Professor. Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress (Bloomsbury 2010) and  To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press 2007) which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing. His collection The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays (Thunder’s Mouth Press) was also published in 2007. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader. Born and raised in Queens, NY, he was educated at Jamaica High School, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Rutgers University where he received his doctorate in American History in May 2003. Professor Cobb’s forthcoming book is titled Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931-1957. His articles and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive, and TheRoot.com. He has contributed to a number of anthologies including In Defense of Mumia, Testimony, Mending the World and Beats, Rhymes and Life. He has also been a featured commentator on MSNBC, National Public Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News and a number of other national broadcast outlets.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 8pm

Marlon James

Co-sponsored with the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series

Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Room, 126 College Avenue

For more information: Writers at Rutgers Reading Series

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:30pm

RCHA Seminar Room, 88 College Avenue

Keisha-Khan Perry

Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Brown University

"To Breathe New Air": Lelia Gonzalez's Feminist Formulation of an Amefricanidade [American Africanness]"

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology, 2005) is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and specializes in the critical study of race, gender, and politics in the Americas with a particular focus on black women's activism, urban geography and questions of citizenship, feminist theories, intellectual history and disciplinary formations, and the interrelationship between scholarship, pedagogy, and political engagement. She has conducted extensive research in Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States.

Professor Perry recently completed an ethnographic study of black women's activism in Brazilian cities by examining their participation and leadership in neighborhood associations and how and in what ways the interpretations of racial and gender identities intersect with urban spaces. She is currently working on two research projects. She is engaged in a study which documents and analyzes the historical paradox of citizenship and black land ownership and loss in Brazil, Jamaica, and the United States. She is also working on a multi-lingual and transnational exploration of black women's political work in Latin America by critically examining how black women mobilize political movements across borders and how they understand themselves as agents in creating a diasporic community.

Black Atlantic Seminar Series Fall 2014

September 29 & 30

two events featuring

Melanie J. Newton

Associate Professor of History and Director of the Caribbean Studies Program,
University of Toronto
Public Lecture:
Geographies of the Indigenous: Race, Sovereignty, and Law in the Early Colonial Caribbean
Black Atlantic Seminar:
The Race Leapt at Sauteurs: Genocide, Narrative and Indigenous Exile from the Caribbean Archipelago
 *Pre-circulated paper available for September 30 seminar by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.rs.edu*

October 28

Kennetta Hammond Perry

Assistant Professor, Department of History
East Carolina University
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014  4:30PM  VAN DYCK 011, CAC
Black Atlantic Seminar:
London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Race

December 2

Jason Young

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
Black Atlantic Seminar:
The Color of Sound: Race and the Politics of Authenticity

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 4:30pm

RCHA Seminar Room, 88 College Avenue

Laura Rosanne Adderley (Tulane University)

Associate Professor, Department of History, Tulane University

"Writing African, Atlantic, Anti-Slavery Biography from British Military Records: the Case of West India Regiment Soldiers Stationed at Havana"

Laura Rosanne Adderley specializes in the history of the African Diaspora; the Atlantic Slave Trade; black enslavement in the Americas; Caribbean history; and African-American history.

Wednesday, April 6, 6pm

Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building

Cheri Honkala (Anti-Poverty/Human Rights Activist)

 "A Song in the Fire: Women Organizing in Frontline Communities"

Cheri Honkala, internationally recognized poverty and human rights advocate, is founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and former U.S. vice presidential candidate for the Green Party. Honkala co-organized the 2015 U.S. Social Forum and the 2013 World Court of Women on Poverty in Philadelphia; in 2011, she ran for sheriff of Philadelphia, on a platform of ending evictions of families from their homes. Honkala has been named Ms. magazine’s Woman of the Year, and Mother Jones’s “Hellraiser of the Month.”

Co-sponsored by American Studies, The Institute for Women's Leadership, the Black Atlantic Seminar, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Institute for Research on Women

 Wednesday, April 13, 4:30pm

Brower Commons, Rooms A&B (2nd Floor), 145 College Avenue

Henry Lovejoy

"Visualizing Abolition: Integrating Historial GIS into the Liberated Africans Project"

The Black Atlantic Seminar Speakers Series Spring 2014

Black Women’s Lives

April 3, 2014, 4:30 pm |

In Search Of One Of 'The Greatest Thinkers Of The Black Race': Writing the Biography Of Fannie Barrier Williams 

Wanda Hendricks (History, University of South Carolina) RCHA Seminar Room, 88 College Avenue, New Brunswick

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April 17, 12pm

Graduate Student Lunch with Tiffany Gill and Amrita Myers, Rutgers Ph.D.s, published authors and tenured professors, to discuss with current students their recent experiences in academe

Van Dyck 301, lunch will be provided

April 17, 2014, 4:30 pm

Hidden in Plain Sight: Black Women and the Challenge of Biography

Amrita Myers (History, Indiana University-Bloomington)

Fashioning Black Cosmopolitans: The Henderson Travel Agency and the Making of Black Global Citizens                       

Tiffany Gill (History, University of Delaware)

RCHA Seminar Room, 88 College Avenue, New Brunswick

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 April 28, 2014, 4:30 pm |

Black Women’s Lives and Activism: A Conversation

Farah Jasmin Griffin (History, Columbia University) and Ruth Feldstein (History, Rutgers-Newark)

Pane Room, Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick































































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