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  • Congratulations to Professor Thavolia Glymph
    , 2009/07/22 15:43:24

    Professor Glymph's book, House of Bondage: the Transformation of the Plantation Household, has won the Taft Book Prize for 2008. The prize recognizes the best book of the year in labor and working-class history.

  • AAAS 2009 Graduates
    Adrienne A Moore, 2009/05/19 11:01:00

    Congratulations! [PDF]

  • In Memoriam
    , 2009/04/03 12:30:56

    Dr. John Hope Franklin
    James B. Duke Professor, Emeritus
    Scholar and Citizen of The World

  • 2009 AAAS Conversation
    , 2009/04/02 17:21:58

    Locating Global Health

    Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE
    Michael H. Merson, Director, Global Health Institute and Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine, Duke University

    Moderated by Karla FC Holloway James B. Duke Professor of English and Professor of Law

    April 3, 2009 - 6:30PM, White Lecture Hall

    Sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies(AAAS)
    Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies and with support from The Latina/o Studies Program.

  • Professor Mark Anthony Neal

    , 2009/03/31 09:40:24

    On-the-Air with Good Morning America

  • International Justice/ Asymmetrical Justice?
    Adrienne A Moore, 2008/10/30 12:36:42

    AAAS Brown Bag Series with Professor Stephen Smith

    October 29, 2008
    225 Friedl Building
    12:00 pm
    (light lunch provided)

    A conversation about international justice in Africa, with regard to special tribunals, the International Criminal Court, and the question of "asymmetrical justice."

    Professor Stephen W. Smith will begin with a brief account of his recent testimony at the Charles Taylor trial in the Hague, where Taylor stands charged with responsibility for serious international crimes.

    Other panelists include Louisa Lombard and Jatin Dua (Cultural Anthropolgy).

  • AAAS Graduation Ceremony and Reception
    , 2008/04/11 14:01:13

    Honoring 2008 Graduating Majors, Minors and
    Graduate Student Certificate Recipients
    Friday, May 9, 2008
    2:00-4:00 PM
    Front Lawn of the West Duke Building East Campus

    Reception immediately following
    115 Ernestine Friedl Building

  • John Hope Franklin Scholars Ceremony and Reception
    , 2008/04/15 16:07:28

    The John Hope Franklin Scholars Program at
    Duke University will hold a graduation and reception to honor the scholars.
    April 26, 2008.
    4pm - 115 Ernestine Friedl Building

  • 2009 Anne Firor Scott Lecture - March 16, 2009 - 4:00pm
    225 Ernestine Friedl Bldg.

    , 2009/03/12 17:56:03

    Post-Black?: The Million Man and Woman Marches and Black Identity in
    the Age of Obama

    Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Professor of History
    Rutgers University

    Author of: Ar'n't I a Woman?Female Slaves in The Plantation South and
    Too Heavy A Load:  Black Women in Defense of Themselves 1894-1994

  • AAAS Commencement Ceremony and Reception
    Adrienne A Moore, 2009/05/19 10:26:47

    May 8, 2009
    Ernestine Friedl Bldg., Rm. 115
    (invitation only)

  • April 16, 2008 - In Conversation with Author Stephane Dunn

    , 2008/03/27 17:41:34

    Author of Baad Bitches and Sassy Supermamas:
    Race, Gender & Sexuality in Black Power Action Fantasies (University of Illinois Press).
    About Baad Bitches and Sassy Supermamas:
    This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on the representation of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the typical, sexualized, subordinate positioning of women in low-budget blaxploitation action narratives as well as more seriously radical films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and The Spook Who Sat by the Door, in which black women are typically portrayed as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes. The terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the reversal of this positioning with the emergence of supermama heroines in the few black action films in the early 1970s that featured self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black women as protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown.

  • April 15, 2008 - AAAS Spring Talks
    Professors Thavolia Glymph and Bayo Holsey

    , 2008/04/03 12:25:11

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008
    225 Friedl Bldg.
    Professors Thavolia Glymph (AAAS) and Bayo Holsey (AAAS) discuss their forthcoming books.

    "Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household" (Glymph)

    "Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana" (Holsey)

  • April 09, 2008 - Poetry Reading and Discussion with Professor Ed Pavlic

    , 2008/03/28 11:17:24

    Award - Winning poet Ed Pavlic reads from his new collection of poetry, "Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway."

    About Ed Pavlic.....
    Ed Pavlic is associate professor of English and director of the MFA/PhD program in creative writing at the University of Georgia.
    His previous books of poems are Labors Lost Left Unfinished and Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue, which was selected by Adrienne Rich for the American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize.
    He has also published a scholarly work,Crossroads Modernism, on African American literary culture.

  • April 08, 2008 - AAAS Spring Talks
    Margaret Lee (African and Afro-American Studies)

    , 2008/03/28 11:17:56

    Discussion with......... Margaret Lee (University of North Carolina)
    The 21st Century Scramble for Africa

  • April 01, 2008 - AAAS Spring Talks
    Charmaine Royal

    , 2008/03/28 11:16:54

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008
    225 Ernestine Friedl Bldg.
    Charmaine Royal (IGSP)
    Genomics, Social Identity, and Health

  • The Soul Cinema Series at the Mary Lou Williams Center

    , 2008/02/08 15:14:41

    The Soul Cinema Series features films that examine Soul, not simply as a musical genre, but as a cultural phenomenon within America from the late 1950s until the beginning of the 1980s.

    The films featured reflect Soul as part of the everyday realities of black folk, both as it was experienced during the Soul era and how it is re-imagined through the lens of nostalgia.

    1/29- The Spook Who Sat by the Door (directed by Ivan Dixon)- 7pm

    In order to improve his standing with Black voters, a White Senator starts a campaign for the CIA to recruit Black agents. However, all are graded on a curve and doomed to fail, save for a soft-spoken veteran named Dan Freeman. After grueling training in guerrilla warfare, clandestine operations and unarmed combat, he is assigned a meager job as the CIA's token Black employee. After five years of racist and stereotyped treatment by his superiors, he quietly resigns to return to his native Chicago to work for a social services day. By night, he trains a street gang to be the vanguard in an upcoming race war, using all that the CIA has taught him. (1973, 102 minutes)

    2/12- Cotton Comes to Harlem (directed by Ossie Davis, Jr.)- 7pm

    Based on Chester Himes's novel, this film marked actor-writer Ossie Davis's directing debut. Godfrey Cambridge and Raymond St. Jacques play Himes's volatile police detectives, Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, who are on the trail of white men who pulled an armed stickup at a Back to Africa rally in Harlem. The money belongs to the poor people who paid for a chance to return to the motherland--but was it really a stickup? Or is the flashy preacher at the center of the Back to Africa movement (Calvin Lockhart) involved in a scam to rip off his own people? (1970, 90 minutes)

    2/19- WattStax (directed by Mel Stuart)- 7pm

    They called Wattstax the "black Woodstock," but there are many differences between that seminal hippie event and the 1972 concert documented in this 30th-anniversary special-edition reissue. Woodstock was all about peace, love, and music. Wattstax, held three years later in Los Angeles, had those elements as well; but as this 103-minute film reminds us, it was a more socio-politically charged event, with its emphasis on black pride and the simple opportunity for African Americans to assert that, in opening speaker Jesse Jackson's words, "I am somebody." (1972, 102 minutes)

    3/4- Claudine (directed by John Berry)- 7pm

    Diahann Carroll stars as Claudine, single mother of six children in Harlem and a maid working for under-the-table wages. Forever worried that her white caseworker will discover her meager, outside income (thus eliminating meager government benefits), Carroll earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance; Carroll and James Earl Jones earned Golden Globe nominations. Featured soundtrack performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips and produced by Curtis Mayfield. (1974, 92 minutes)

    3/18- Baadasssss! (directed by Mario Van Peebles)- 7pm

    In 1971, Mario Van Peebles's father, Melvin Van Peebles, made the X-rated blaxploitation movie "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," starring himself as a bordello stud performer who kills two white cops and manages to escape. "Baadasssss!" is Mario's layered re-creation of the making of "Sweetback" and the convulsive life around the production. He plays his father, appropriating Melvin Van Peebles's body, his attitudes, his actions, and his treatment of his family. The result is a complex homage. (2003, 108 minutes)

    3/25- Talk to Me (directed by Kasi Lemmons)- 7pm

    The story of radio and TV personality “Petey” Greene, is a rich evocation of Washington, D.C. and much of urban Black America in those tense years when the Civil Rights Movement broke down entrenched barriers of segregation, when the Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated, and when inner-city neighborhoods were set ablaze by rioters in the streets.(2007, 119 Minutes)

    4/1- Crooklyn (directed by Spike Lee)- 7pm

    Spike Lee's semiautobiographical film about the good and bad times for a Brooklyn family in the 1970s has passion and nostalgic good feeling. The centerpiece of the movie is a little girl who views the ups and downs of her parents' experiences and who navigates the life of her neighborhood. (1994, 114 Minutes)

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Awards

    , 2008/03/18 16:32:00

    The Bethune Writing Awards recognize excellence in student research and writing in the disciplines of African and African American Studies.
    Click Here for Application Form


  • Vincent Brown, Associate Professor at Harvard University visits Duke

    , 2008/03/18 17:32:37

    A talk with Vincent Brown, Associate Professor at Harvard
    The Afterlives of an African Rebellion
    March 21, 2008
    12:00 Noon
    229 Carr Building

  • February 29, 2008 - Pre-Concert Conversation
    , 2008/01/16 17:46:12

    Soul Legend Booker T. Jones with Professor Anthony Kelley
    Location: TBD

  • Duke Performances Presents..................
    , 2008/01/16 17:15:06


  • February 22, 2008 - Professor Mark Anthony Neal in Conversation
    , 2008/01/16 17:47:22

    In Conversation:  Hip-Hop Sampling Soul
    Auditorium at the Nasher Museum of Art
    Quest Love of the Roots and
    9th Wonder

  • February 21, 2008 - "No Sacrifice Too Great"

    , 2008/02/18 17:10:05

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill extends an invitation
    Faculty and students UNC will host: Black History Month Lecture w/ Dr. James D. Anderson The lecture on the value of education in black culture will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at Wilson Library on the campus of UNC at 7pm.

  • February 18, 2008 - Open House & Celebration of New Home: George Lipsitz Lecture, followed by program and reception

    , 2008/02/19 11:14:52

    President Richard Brodhead and Provost Peter Lange invite you to a lecture and reception in celebration of the opening of the new home of the Departments of African & African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology, the Programs in Literature and Latino/a Studies, the Institute for Critical US Studies, and the Duke Human Rights Center. This event takes place on Monday, February 18, 2008 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

    A lecture will take place in the Nelson Music Room inside the East Duke Building followed by a brief program and reception in the Science Building (formerly the Duke Art Museum) with tours of the Science Building.

  • AAAS welcomes new faculty member to department
    , 2008/02/14 10:28:51

    JENNIFER DEVERE BRODY teaches in the fields of African American Studies, performance studies, cultural and visual studies as well as gender/sexuality studies.

    She is the author of Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity and Victorian Culture (Duke UP, 1998) and Punctuation: Art, Politics and Play (Duke UP, 2008).

    She has been awarded grants from the Ford Foundation, the British Society for Theatre Scholars, and the Monette/Horwitz Trust for Independent Research.

    She was the Weinberg College of Visitors Research and Teaching Professor at Northwestern University from 2005-2007. Her work has appeared in Genders, Signs, Callaloo, Theatre Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly and numerous edited volumes.

  • February 08, 2008 - Pre-Concert Conversation
    , 2008/01/16 17:39:58

    Soul Legend............   Mavis Staples along with Professor Tim Tyson
    Location: TBD

  • February 07, 2008 - Artist Exhibition and Conversation Opening
    , 2008/01/16 17:37:04

    Nasher Museum of Art Presents:  Exhibition Opening
    & Artist Conversation with
    Barkley L. Hendricks: BIRTH OF THE COOL
    with Professor Rick Powell

  • February 05, 2008 - Talk: The Life and Times of James "Thunder" Early
    , 2008/01/16 17:35:35

    Professor Mark Anthony Neal
    Auditorium at the Center for Documentary Studies
    A Meditation on Soul and the Chitlin' Circuit

  • September 24, 2007 - New faculty member joins us!
    , 2007/11/30 10:47:13

    Stephen W. Smith
    is the former Africa editor of the French newspaper Le Monde and has been working on Africa for twenty-five years, previously for Reuter's News Agency, Radio France International and the French daily Liberation. Since 2005, he has established himself as an independent journalist and book author. His latest book, co-authored with Antoine Glaser, was published in 2005 under the title How France Lost Africa.

    He is also the author of a report on Nigeria by the International Crisis Group, "Nigeria: Want in the Midst of Plenty" (July 2006). Other publications include The Cocoa War in Ivory Coast (1990), biographies of Morocco's General Oufkir (1998), and, together with Geraldine Faes, Bokassa (2000), two volumes with Antoine Glaser on Ces Messieurs Afrique (1992 and 1997), an account of the Somalia crisis (1993), The Lost Humanitarian War, and, in 2003, a travel book on the Congo River as well as an essay entitled Negrology: Why Africa Is Dying. A biography on Winnie Mandela, co-authored with Sabine Cessou, will be published this fall.

    Dr. Smith, though born in Milford, CT, has spent most of his life in Europe. He studied African law and anthropology at the Sorbonne, in Paris, and philosophy, history and political science at the Free University of Berlin, where he completed his doctorate in semiotics on foreign news coverage.

    He is currently also teaching, as an adjunct professor, a course at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

  • A Conversation with Davarian Baldwin, Author
    , 2007/09/27 16:48:18

    Associate Professor of History and African & African Diaspora Studies @ Boston College Author of Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life (UNC Press).

    Wednesday October 3, 2007 @ 4:30 pm
    Science Building, Room 107

    Professor Baldwin (Ph.D., New York University, 2001) has taught a range of courses on the African American experience and the history of modern thought.

    His research interests include intellectual and mass culture, Black radical thought and transnational social movements, race, space, and urban culture, competing conceptions of modernity, political economy and heritage tourism. Baldwin has been the recipient of the Erskine Peters Dissertation Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame (2000-2001) and the Carter G. Woodson Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Virginia (2003-2004). He is currently at work on two manuscript projects: "Black Belts and Ivory Towers: The Racial Foundations of U.S. Social Thought" and "UniverCities: How Knowledge Institutions are Re-Structuring the Urban Landscape."

    This event is sponsored by African & African-American Studies, The Institute for Critical US Studies and "The Center for the Study of Black Popular Culture" at Duke University.


  • February 22, 2007 - TOWN HALL MEETING

    , 2007/03/14 10:31:46

    Comments and paper by Professor Wahneema Lubiano
    Visit our Faculty Forum to view.


    , 2007/04/23 18:34:01

    2007 African & African American Studies
    Graduation & Reception
    Date: May 11, 2007
    Time: 2-4pm
    Location: John Hope Franklin Center- Rm. 240
    (reception to follow- Rm. 130)


    , 2007/03/26 15:46:59

    The Making and Unmaking of Freedoms in the Atlantic World and Beyond
    April 14-15, 2007
    Please visit the Race Space Place web site.

  • April 05, 2007 - PANEL DISCUSSION

    , 2007/03/26 16:09:07

    Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
    April 5, 2007 - 5:00pm
    Visit our Faculty Forum

  • February 08, 2007 - Black History Month
    , 2007/02/05 09:26:01

    Discussion and Book Signing with local author Zelda Lockhart
    (adult program)

    Date/Time: Thursday, February 8, 7 to 8:45p.m
    Location: East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln.

    Free and open to the public

  • "Freedom School"
    , 2007/01/10 15:06:51

    A series of "Freedom School" discussions on contemporary social issues, led by Duke professors and students, as well as invited speakers. The discussions are inspired by the Freedom Schools organized during the civil rights movement.

    Contact: Sharon Caple 684-8353

    Date:  January 15, 2007

    Time: 11:00 - 4:45pm

    Location: Bryan Center [more]

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