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College of Arts & Sciences
Institute for African American Research



Mar. 7                                            

Thomas Cooper Library Graniteville Room 7:00 - 10:00PM

Title: "Does Protest Work?"


Dr. Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Harvard University

Dr. Tomiko Brown-Nagin will be talking about her 2011 book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, published with Oxford University, won the prestigious Bancroft Prize in US History as well as the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Charles Syndor Book Award, and the Organization of American Historian’s Liberty Legacy Book Award. Brown-Nagin’s award winning monograph focuses on the South’s largest and most economically important city, form the 1940s through 1950, to demonstrate how the Civil Rights Movement features a wide array of activists and varied approaches to activism. Co-Sponsored with African American Studies and the History Center



Sept. 27                                       

Darla Moore School of Business Room 008 7:00-10:00PM

Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks
University of Kansas

Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks, professor of African American Studies at the University of Kansas, will give a lecture entitled "Benjamin Elijah Mays, Mobilizing the Mind of the Black Church for Freedom" on September 27th at 7:00 PM in Room 008 of the Darla Moore School of Business. Jelk's lecture on Mays will discuss how this leader of the black church was able to connect the message of Christianity with the responsibility to challenge African American injustice preparing the black church for its pivotal role during the Civil Rights Movement and influencing leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

Feb. 16            

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Oct. 4              

From the Cotton Field to the Concert Hall: “A Festival of Negro Spirituals” with Dr. Carl R. Wells featuring Dr. Ollie Watts Davis

Co-Sponsored with African American Studies Program, School of Music, History Center, History Department, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, and the SC Council for African American Studies.

Oct. 3

“Let our Rejoicing Rise” The Music, the Methods, and the Message of the Black Sacred Music Tradition with Dr. Ollie Watts Davis

Co-Sponsored with African American Studies Program, School of Music, History Center, History Department, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, and the SC Council for African American Studies.

Sept. 27                                                           

Daughters of the Dust 20th Anniversary screening with filmmaker Julie Dash

In 1991, filmmaker Julie Dash released Daughter of the Dust, a story that chronicles the life of the Peazant women as they prepare to migrate from the Sea Islands of South Carolina to the mainland during the turn of the 20th century. As the descendants of West African slaves, this family has preserved many of the traditions, beliefs, and language of their ancestors so they realize all that stands to be lost. The first full-length theatrical feature to be released in the United States by an African American woman, this film was recognized in 2004 by the National Film Registry as a cinematic National Treasure. Co-Sponsored with African American Studies Program

Sept. 19                                                   

IAAR Fall Event with director and filmmaker Kevin Willmott

Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film C.S.A: Confederate States of America, about America, had the South won the Civil War. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, IFC Films purchased the film for domestic theatrical distribution. CSA was released theatrically in the U.S. by IFC and was distributed in several foreign countries. Willmott grew up in Junction City, Kansas and attended Marymount College receiving his BA in Drama. After graduation, he returned home, working as a peace and civil rights activist, fighting for the rights of the poor, creating two Catholic Worker shelters for the homeless and forcing the integration of several long standing segregated institutions. He attended graduate studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, receiving several writing awards and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing.
Source: IMDb

                   Aug. 16                                            

Induction of the IAAR's 2011-2012 Research Fellows:

David Crockett: Darla Moore School of Business; Minuette Floyd: Art Department; Catherine Keyser: Department of English Language and Literature; Barbara Montgomery: School of Library and Information Science; William D. Stevens: Department of Anthropology; JoAnn Zeise: Department of History.