Please Join Us for a Panel about our Past, Present, & Future – July 12 at 6:30 pm

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Dante Barry – Currently at the helm of the country’s leading Black and Brown led national racial justice network to end mass criminalization and gun violence, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice.

Afua Atta-Mensah – Executive Director of Community Voices Heard (CVH) a member-led multi-racial organization, principally women of color and low-income families in New York State that builds power to secure social, economic and racial justice for all.

Crystal Feimster – An associate professor in the Department of African American Studies, the American Studies Program and History Department at Yale University. Her manuscript, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, examines the roles of both black and white women in the politics of racial and sexual violence in the American South.

Rujeko Hockley – Co-organizer of We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965–85, currently on view at The Brooklyn Museum. Hockley is the former Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at Brooklyn Museum and now Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


The panel will be moderated by Samuel K. Roberts, STSI Director; Associate Professor of History (Columbia Univ. Sch. of Arts & Sciences); Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health).

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This panel is part of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) 2017 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI). This portion of the STSI is free and open to the public. To  learn more about the STIS please visit or email .
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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


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

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

Questions? Please contact Shane Grannum ’18 at

Shane Grannum

J.D. Candidate | Columbia Law School ’18

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

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

Affiliate Sponsors

12/2/16 Conference – the caribbean digital III

the caribbean digital III

2 December 2016
Maison Française | Columbia University

Over the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, we will engage critically with the digital as praxis, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Presenters will consider the affordances and limitations of the digital with respect to a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. Discussions will pick up themes addressed in our 2014 inaugural event, our focused conversations at last year’s colloquium, as well as in a special section of sx archipelagos, the peer-reviewed Small Axe Project publishing platform dedicated to Caribbean digital scholarship and scholarship of the Caribbean digital.

Please take the time to explore our site. For each of the conference panels, our generous discussants have proposed differing “ways in” to their respective sessions – some engage pointedly the specifics of panelists’ interventions, while others evoke broader questions about the Caribbean (and the) digital. We have placed these discussion questions below the panel abstracts.

Also plan to join us on Thursday, 1 December, 4-6PM at the Studio@Butler for an information session and workshop devoted to multimedia mapping project In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic.


This conference is free and open to the public.
Proceedings will be recorded and Livestreamed.

© 2016, Small Axe.

11/9/16 Tenement Museum – The Women Who Made New York with Zinga Fraser, PhD

NOVEMBER 9, 2016


eventHillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency of the United States offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the women politicians who helped pave the way. Join Julie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York, as she discusses three political trailblazers: Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in the US Congress, Bella Abzug, the second Jewish woman elected to Congress, and Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party to run for vice president. Liz Abzug, Bella’s daughter, Donna Zaccaro, Geraldine’s daughter, and Zinga Fraser, PhD, the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project will join the conversation.

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Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Books will be for sale with a 15% discount. If you have any questions, contact Laura Lee at or (646) 518-3032.

November 9, 2016
6:30-8:00 PM
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002
Contact Phone: (646) 518-3032
Contact Email:
Source: © 2016 Lower East Side Tenement Museum | 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 | tel 877.975.3786

Family Weekend 2016 – African-American Studies at Columbia…Envisioning, Engaging, and Transforming the World, Faculty and Alumni Panel

African-American Studies at Columbia…Envisioning, Engaging, and Transforming the World, Faculty and Alumni Panel
Join us for a panel discussion and casual reception to learn more about how the work and research of professors and graduates of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) is relevant to the contemporary moment. IRAAS alumni will discuss the importance of majoring and/or concentrating in African-American Studies and the many career paths that might follow.Come learn more about how African-American Studies at Columbia University is engaging with the on-campus community and beyond.


Featuring IRAAS alumnae:

  • Beaulah Agbabiaka, ’16, ’19
  • Dr. Christine Pinnock ’03



By Drug Policy Alliance

Columbia School of Journalism, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall
2950 Broadway
New York, New York

Please join us for the White Faces, Black Lives conference, which will be held October 19 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Columbia School of Journalism (3rd Floor lecture hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY).
The evening launch event will take place October 18 from 6:30pm-9:00pm at The Center for Arts & Culture, Skylight Gallery, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY.
Both events are FREE, but you must register for each.

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Black Photographers of NYC- A Panel & Reception Wednesday July 13

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM



Black Photographers of New York

A panel and reception with Kamoinge Photographers Danny Dawson, Russell Frederick and Ming Smith

Moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali


 Image by Russell Frederick

Kamoinge, a pioneering photographic collective, was formed in New York in over 50 years ago  to address the under-representation of black photographers in the art world. Kamoinge’s body of work spans the past 50 and included numerous images of daily life in black America in New York City during the last half of the twentieth century.


This panel is part of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) 2016 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI), entitled “The Many Worlds of Black New York.” This portion of the STSI is free and open to the public. To  learn more about the STIS please visit or email .

3/11/16 6PM – Panel Manning Marable: Scholar, Activist, Mentor

Date & Time:
Friday, March 11, 2016

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Robin D. G. Kelley
Gary B. Nash Professor of American History, UCLA

Michael Eric Dyson
University Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University

Dana-Ain Davis
University Professor of Sociology
Queens College

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Activist and Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies

Zaheer Ali
Oral Historian, Brooklyn Historical Society

Moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin
William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature
and African-American Studies, Columbia University

Columbia University
Butler Library, Room 523An opportunity to view the exhibition, Manning Marable:
Scholar, Activist, Mentor will immediately follow the panel.

Source: Institute for Research in African American Studies

3/3/16 – IRAAS Major and IRAAS Alumni Council Panel: What’s a Job Got to do With it? African-American Studies in the Professions

Hello IRAAS Alumni:
We are hosting a panel next week at Columbia University! If alumni want to come and support, we encourage it as a networking opportunity for undergrads. Details below.
IRAAS Major and IRAAS Alumni Council Panel:
What’s a Job Got to do With it? African-American Studies in the Professions
Wednesday, March 3, 2016
6:45-7:45pm: IRAAS Alumni Panel
8-9pm: Reception with Food
IRWGS Conference Room, Schermerhorn Extension
IRAAS Alumni Panelists Include:
David Johns (White House Initiative)
Diane Shearer, Esq. (Private Law Firm)
Alvin Mallette (Equal Employment Opportunity Council)
Elegance Bratton (Filmmaker and Artist)
Zinga A. Fraser, PhD Moderator