2/23/17 IRAAS Undergraduate Open House



12:00PM TO 2:00PM

African-American Studies Undergraduate Program
Room 760 Schermerhorn Extension
12 Noon – 2:00 PM
Refreshments will be served

For additional information contact iraas@columbia.edu or (212) 854-7080

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Columbia Law School Paul Robeson Conference February 24, 2017


The Columbia Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) are proud to host the 23rd Annual Paul Robeson ’23 Conference, which will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Columbia Law School, located at 435 W. 116th St. New York, NY 10027.

Our theme for the 2017 Paul Robeson Conference is Reclaiming the Narrative. In our current legal, political, and social climate, people of color still struggle to dictate their narrative. We aim to highlight the work of legal practitioners, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and activists to pursue racial justice, uproot structural inequalities, and disrupt stereotypes about people of color.

Please RSVP to this free and exciting event at http://paulrobesonconference2017.eventbrite.com.


Angela T. Rye, Esq. will give the keynote address during lunchtime. Rye is the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a CNN commentator and NPR political analyst, and former Executive Director and General Counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus.

Khalil Cumberbatch will give the opening keynote address. Cumberbatch is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Manager of Trainings for JustLeadershipUSA, and a formerly incarcerated advocate for social justice movements.


The Conference will also feature three panels throughout the day, including:

A Path Forward for Democracy and Voting Rights After 2016, featuring:

  • Myrna Pérez ’03, Deputy Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Stuart Naifeh ’04, Senior Counsel, Demos 
  • Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Associate Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Building Wealth and Seeking Economic Justice, featuring:

  • Coss Marte, CEO/Founder, Coss Athletics
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq., CEO and Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Ifeoma Ike, Esq., Deputy Executive Director, NYC Young Men’s Initiative, Office of Mayor Bill deBlasio
  • JoAnne Page, President and CEO, The Fortune Society
  • Khary Lazarre, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Revolutionary Art, Activism, and the Law, featuring:

  • Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice 
  • Ronald Hampton, Immediate Past Executive Director, National Black Police Association 
  • Britton Smith, Actor and Director, Broadway for Black Lives Matter


Breakfast and lunch will be served, and a reception will follow the Conference.

Please RSVP to this free and exciting event at http://paulrobesonconference2017.eventbrite.com.

Full schedule is available here. Feel free to attend as much or as little as you can.

Questions? Please contact Shane Grannum ’18 at sag2230@columbia.edu.

Shane Grannum

J.D. Candidate | Columbia Law School ’18

A.B. Public Policy; Latin American/Caribbean Studies | Brown University ’15


2/23 – 2/25/17 Pratt Institute – Unity & Struggle Workshop with Tongo Eisen Martin


Hosted as a part of Pratt Institute’s BlackLivesMatter Teach-In:

Led by Tongo Eisen Martin, the Unity and Struggle workshop will cover realities of late stage imperialism and organizing against it. We will especially focus on consciousness; how do people accept the illusion of a permanent empire or oppressor, what does that counterrevolutionary acceptance look like, and conversely, what is revolutionary consciousness (at least in practice). We will begin to answer for ourselves how do we relate to each other now, and how do we need to relate to each other to win liberation.

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/sPfx8VEx8xbhBIBV2

For a full list of workshops and events visit www.blacklivesmatterpratt.com

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2/18/17 Imani Uzuri In Transit: Love Story – Songs of Laughter, Loss, and Resilience

Joe’s Pub

Advance Price: $15
Door Price: $20

Doors at 6PM
Show at 7:30PM

Joe’s Pub at The Public and The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit present Imani Uzuri’s Love Story: Songs of Laughter, Loss and Resilience, a concert of the composer’s original music, both her own independent material and work composed for the latter program’s fall 2016 production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Mobile Unit continues The Public’s commitment to bring free Shakespeare to communities with limited or no access to the arts by taking plays on tour to correctional facilities, homeless shelters, social service organizations and more. Part of the Mobile Unit and Joe’s Pub’s collaborative series, In Transit, Uzuri’s show will tour, Monday-Friday, February 6-10, to community venues, and culminate with a show at Joe’s Pub on Saturday, February 18 at 7:30PM.

Recently praised in The New York Times for her “stirring” music and her “gorgeously chesty ruminations,” Uzuri is a composer, musician and vocalist known for her multi-faceted, earthy and enveloping compositions. For the Mobile Unit’s production of Hamlet, director Patricia McGregor worked with Uzuri to use music to give texture and depth to the characters and scenes in the play. This collaboration was particularly poignant to Uzuri, who was a Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence in 2015-2016, and maintains a close relationship with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a women’s mental health shelter located at the Armory.

Imani Uzuri is a vocalist, composer and cultural worker who has been called “a post modernist Bessie Smith” by The Village Voice. She composes music that celebrate her rural North Carolina roots where she grew up singing Spirituals and line-singing hymns with her grandmother and extended family. Time Out New York said, “[Imani Uzuri] never fails to mesmerize audiences with her narcotic blend of…ethereal sounds.”

Called “stunning” by New York Magazine, her compositions for bands, choral ensembles, chamber orchestra, musical theater, theater and solo voice include influences from her travels around the world. Uzuri’s most recent album, The Gypsy Diaries, draws on her roots as well as influences ranging from Sufi devotionals to Romany laments. The Village Voice said, “With a voice that would sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch, Imani Uzuri is a constant surprise…seamlessly combining jazz, classical, country and blues motifs into highly personalized compositions.”

Uzuri composed and co-wrote lyrics for her new musical GIRL Shakes Loose, which was selected for the 2016 O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. She was a Park Avenue Armory Artist-In-Residence in 2015-2016 and was recently awarded a Map Fund to begin composing her contemporary opera Hush Arbor. In 2016, Uzuri made her Lincoln Center American Songbook debut as well as being a featured performer on BET for Black Girls Rock. Recently, she was composer for two Public Theater productions: Public Works’s Troy and the Mobile Unit’s Hamlet. She is currently a 2016-17 Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellow.

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2/22/17 “Moving Forward: A Discussion of the 2016 Election and What’s Next”. A panel discussion on Race and Rights in a Moment of Crisis


5:00PM TO 7:00PM

“Moving Forward: A Discussion of the 2016 Election and What’s Next“.
A panel discussion on Race and Rights in a Moment of Crisis

Columbia University- Miller Theater
2960 Broadway(116th St.) New York, NY 10027

Ta-Nehisi Coates –Award winning writer, journalist & educator; national correspondent for “The Atlantic”

Jelani Cobb – Professor of Journalism – Columbia University; writer, journalist- “The New Yorker”

Nikole Hannah Jones– Award winning investigative journalist- “New York Times”

Samuel Kelton Roberts – Director of IRAAS; Associate Professor of  History & SocioMedical Sciences-Columbia University; (MODERATOR)

Patricia J. Williams– James L. DohrProfessor of Law- Columbia University

RSVP Required through Eventbrite

Presented in co-sponsorship with
The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity & Inclusion at Columbia University

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