Deadline 6/21/18: IRAAS Alumni Council Phone Conference Dates

CalendarHello IRAAS Alumni Council,

We are writing in preparation for the IRAAS at 25th Anniversary Celebration that will kick off next academic year Fall 2018. The IRAAS Alumni Council would like to have a phone conference to discuss and plan IAC’s events for the incoming academic year. There will be a number of IRAAS hosted events related to the 25th. We want alumni to host at least 3 events. We are looking for people to help and participate in the events and also discuss the next direction for the council.
Here are the possible dates for phone conference in the next 2 weeks. Once we have confirmed a date and time we will send an email with the meetings agenda so we are all up to speed.
Possible Phone Conference Dates 
Monday, June 25 at 7:30 or 8:00pm
Tuesday, June 26 at 7:30 or 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 or 8:00 pm
Friday, June 29 at 6:00pm
Monday, July  2 at 7:30 or 8:00pm
Thursday, July  6 at 7:30  or 8:00pm
Please vote by June 21, 2018 to vote for your preferred time  https://doodle.com/poll/fhmca5zaufhfz6v2
Looking forward to connecting very soon,
Zinga Fraser – IAC Co-Chair
Russell Malbrough – IAC Co-Chair
We collaborating on this function 6/22/18 The New York City Affinity Group Networking Reception http://cove2018-6-22.eventbrite.com

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6/22/18 The New York City Affinity Group Networking Reception

The New York City Affinity Group Networking Reception

Friday June 22, 2018 6PM

Cove Lounge, 325 Malcolm X Blvd, New York 10027

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Free to Attend. RSVP REQUIRED

Cash Bar. Online menu https://www.covelounge.com/courses

Happy Hour specials!

Join professionals from various industries to celebrate the start of summer and share opportunities for the future.

Special congratulations to the Class of 2018

Invited Guests:

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Venue images courtesy Apex Building Group President & COO- Robert Horsford Brown ’96 / Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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4/13/18 IRAAS Conversation Lecture Series Ericka Huggins

“We Are The Ones We Are Waiting For”

With
Ericka Huggins
Human Rights Activist, Poet, Educator,
Black Panther Party Leader and Former Political prisoner
Bio compiled from ErickaHuggins.com
I am a human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther Party leader and former political prisoner. For the past 36 years I’ve lectured throughout the United States and internationally. My life experiences have enabled me to speak personally and honestly on issues relating to the physical and emotional well-being of women, children and youth, whole being education, the incarceration of men and women of color, and the role of the spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change.
As a result of my 14-year tenure as a leading member of the Black Panther Party I bring a unique perspective to the challenges and successes of the Black Panther Party and, its significance today. My desire to serve humanity began in 1963, when I attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. There, I committed to serving people for the rest of my life. In 1968, at age 18, I joined the Black Panther Party. I soon became a leader in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party with my husband John Huggins.
From 1973–1981, I was the Director of the Oakland Community School, the groundbreaking community-run child development center and elementary school founded by the Black Panther Party. Working with a team of incredibly talented party members and local educators a vision for the innovative curriculum for the school was written. This curriculum and the principles that inspired it became a model for and predecessor to the charter school movement.
During that time, with community support, I became both the first woman and the first Black person to be appointed to the Alameda County Board of Education, which serves children with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities and, incarcerated youth in the county’s many school districts.
Ten years after my release from prison, in 1981, I returned to California state, county, and federal prisons and jails to share my experiences of yoga and meditation. A focus of my volunteer efforts has been with incarcerated youth. I have continued this work with adults and, in addition, I have continues this work in homes for foster and adopted children and teens. For the past 20 years, I’ve also taught relaxation and mindfulness in California youth correctional facilities, in addition to many California public school districts and community colleges.
In 1990, at the height of public awareness of HIV/AIDS, I was the first woman practical support volunteer coordinator at the world-renowned Shanti Project. I also developed a unique volunteer support program for women and children of color, living with HIV, in the Tenderloin and Mission districts of San Francisco.
During my time at Shanti Project and later Aids Project of Contra Costa County, I helped develop citywide programs for the support of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning youth and adults with HIV/AIDS.
From 2003-2011 I was a professor of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University and California State University, East Bay. From 2008-2015 I was professor of Sociology and African American Studies in the Peralta Community College District.
Currently, I am one of the facilitators with World Trust. World Trust uses films that document, through story, the impact of systems of racial inequity. These films are tools to foster conversation about race, and all structural inequities. These conversations are powerful to personal and global transformation. Below are the films that I use to stimulate dialogue as I travel and speak to audiences large and small:
The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America
Light in the Shadows: Staying at the Table When the Conversation About Race Gets Hard
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
Cracking the Codes: A System of Racial Inequity
And coming soon in September 2017: Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT HTTPS://WWW.ERICKAHUGGINS.COM/

Source: http://iraas.columbia.edu/Event/we-are-ones-we-are-waiting

Allison Janae Hamilton Pitch solo museum exhibition at MASS MoCA

Allison Janae Hamilton’s evocative work is influenced by the sights and sounds of the southern landscape. Her photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations feature environments familiar to the north Florida and Tennessee landscapes that are home to her family — boiling swamps and tall pines, vespid wasps and green anoles, wild horses, and white clapboard houses. Hamilton creates a sense of place that is both magical and menacing, with Spanish moss decorating the knotted trees, music filling the humid air, and alligators roaming the shallow waters.

But for Hamilton, this terrain and its inhabitants are not the stuff of fiction or gothic fantasy, but tangible matter of palpable consequence. The commanding, full-sized alligators that are a powerful symbol in her work draw both from the mythical ouroboros and from her experiences growing up in a family network of hunters. Sustainability and the future of this verdant, balmy environment — and the environment at large — are significant themes in her practice. (Hamilton works with friends and family to sustainably source the reptile carcasses.) Land is as important a character in Hamilton’s narratives as the family members who help populate and produce many of her performance-based works. A mix of personal realities and epic narratives, the artist’s rich vision of the rural landscape is a lens through which she explores the intersection of agricultural, environmental, and social histories that continue to inform the present.

At MASS MoCA — in her first solo museum exhibition — Hamilton will present an ensemble of old and new works, including a new installation that looks to the legacy of the turpentine industry. The exhibition’s title suggests not only the resin material of pine trees mined in the turpentine-making process, but also the myths and fables that take place in the pitch-black hours of the night, and an array of noises heard in the environment that inspires Hamilton, from the sounds of animals to those associated with labor and song.

Co-curated by Susan Cross and Larry Ossei-Mensah

A Members Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 5:30pm.

When the wind has teeth, 2015
Archival Pigment Print, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist

MASS MoCA

1040 MASS MoCA WAY North Adams, MA 01247

413.662.2111

info@massmoca.org

http://massmoca.org/event/allison-janae-hamilton-pitch

3/23/18 IRAAS Conversation Lecture “Letters from Langston: from the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond”

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018 4:00PM
IRAAS Conversation Lecture
“Letters from Langston: from the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond”
with
Evelyn L. Crawford & Mary L. Patterson
Room 754 Schermerhorn Extension
Free & Open to The Public
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Langston Hughes, one of America’s greatest writers, was an innovator of jazz poetry and a leader of the Harlem Renaissance whose poems and plays resonate widely today. Accessible, personal, and inspirational, Hughes’s poems portray the African American community in struggle in the context of a turbulent modern United States and a rising black freedom movement. This indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four leftist confidants sheds vivid light on his life and politics. Letters from Langston begins in 1930 and ends shortly before his death in 1967, providing a window into a unique, self-created world where Hughes lived at ease. This distinctive volume collects the stories of Hughes and his friends in an era of uncertainty and reveals their visions of an idealized world—one without hunger, war, racism, and class oppression.
Speakers Bios
Evelyn Louise Crawford, a retired arts administrator and consultant, and MaryLouise Patterson, a pediatrician in clinical practice, are the daughters of Langston Hughes’s cherished friends Evelyn Graves Crawford, Matt N. Crawford, Louise Thompson Patterson, and William L. Patterson. Hughes was a frequent guest in the homes of the two families and was like an uncle to to Evelyn Louise and MaryLouise.

http://iraas.columbia.edu/Event/letters-langston-harlem-renaissance-red-scare-and-beyond

2/8/18 Imani Uzuri Free Wild Cotton Performance at Lincoln Center

Beloved Family,
Please join me this Thursday Feb 8th 7:30pm at @lincolncenter #Atrium360 for my FREE improvisational ritual performance WILD COTTON-exploring undocomented soundscapes of enslaved African Americans that still haunt us today. Special guest drummer #KassaOverall. (link to my interview with #HillaryBonhomme below) #WildCotton
https://www.lincolncenter.org/article/imani-uzuri-wild-cotton

Via Imani Uzuri

1/30/18 “Baldwin, Miles and Me” Quincy Troupe in Conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS:

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium

Live From the Archive is a series of conversations with scholars, artists, and community activists whose work is at the intersection of the archive. Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning poet, editor, biographer, journalist, performance artist, and professor emeritus. He will discuss his vast archive reflective of his close friendships with luminary figures and in his work–Miles and Me and James Baldwin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations. Troupe will be in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University.

@SchomburgCenter #LivefromtheArchive

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

GUESTS
Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING
Programs are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS
Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at ayofemikirby@nypl.org.

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

Http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2018/01/30/miles-baldwin-and-me-quincy-troupe

2/2/18 IRAAS Conversasations: Anna Lucia Araujo, PhD

DATE & TIME:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2018

4:00PM TO 6:00PM

“Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational & Comparative History”

Anna Lucia Araujo, Professor of History-Howard University

Location: Women, Gender & Sexuality Seminar room

754 Schermerhorn, Extension. Columbia University

**Books will be available for purchase via Book Culture Bookstore onsite**

Speaker Bio

Ana Lucia Araujo is a social and cultural historian. Her work explores the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. In the last fifteen years, she authored and edited over ten books and published nearly fifty articles and chapters on these themes. Her single-authored books include Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015), recently published in Portuguese by the press of the University of São Paulo, Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014), and Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010). Her most recent book is Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017). Currently, Ana Lucia Araujo is a full professor in the Department of History in the historically black Howard University in Washington DC. She is also member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO’s Slave Route Project.

Please visit her website: http://www.analuciaaraujo.org/

1/31/18 Art & Equity

DATE & TIME:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018 6:00PM

Art & Equity

A conversation between artists
Toyin Ojih Odutola
Barnard Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Artist-in-Residence
& Mary Sibande

Moderated by
Kellie Jones
Columbia Professor of Art History & MacArthur Fellow

Wednesday, 01/31/18, 6 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center

Sponsored by
The Barnard Orzeck Artist in Residency
The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE),
Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University (IRAAS)
The Barnard Art History Department

Information
arthistory@barnard.edu

http://iraas.columbia.edu/Event/art-equity