Columbia University Masters Degree in African American Studies Application Open


The “A” Game Brooklyn Card Game

Fellow Wakandans!

It’s going down TOMORROW! That’s right, The “A” Game: a good old-fashioned card and day party: Black Panther Edition kicks off in a few hours! Once more, you can come enjoy your favorite card games — spades, UNO, and more at the Brooklyn Tap House. Awesome door prizes and happy hour drinks will be offered. As always, the force of nature herself, DJ Monday Blue, will be spinning classic 80’s/90’s R&B on the 1’s and 2’s, so there will be plenty dancing and revelry for non-card players, too!

Let’s Celebrate Black Panther and Black History!

Y’all KNOW we couldn’t let the Black History Month pass without celebrating the milestones of so many who paved the way. So in honor of BHM, and the groundbreaking, gamechanging film, BLACK PANTHER, there will be a Black Movie Trivia Contest in the afternoon. And feel free to rock your Black Panther attire! A prize will be given to the person that the audience deems most creatively outfitted for the occasion.

Tournament UPDATE!

Back by popular demand, there will be a 3-round, bracket-style, rise-and-fly tournament Spades Tournament! The tournament is sold out, but we will have a WAIT LIST to fill in if there are no-shows at 4:30PM. If you wish to be added to the wait list, RSVP and arrive early!

This promises to be one of our most fun parties yet, and as always, we look forward to hanging with all of you. Card lessons will be offered as well, so secretly not knowing how to play spades is no reason to miss out on the fun (especially since we’ve learned there are many of you in our midst)! So come out with your friends, and get ready to make new ones. Just bring your crew, bring your appetites, and of course, bring your “A” game!

Event Time: 4pm-8pm

Spades Tournament: 4:30pm Sharp

Admission: General Admission $6 plus fees or $9 at the door

Tournament Admission: $12 per person at the door (handsome prizes for the winning team)

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Wakanda Foreveeeeeer!

Gleennia and Dee Dee

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2/28/18 Columbia University Black Alumni Council Heritage Award & Scholarship Reception

Heritage Award & Scholarship Reception

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:00pm-9:00pm



June Cross, Professor at Columbia School of Journalism, is an Emmy Award winning journalist, director, and writer, who has worked for CBS News, PBS’ Frontline and PBS’ NewsHour.


Elsie McCabe Thompson ’81BC, President of the New York City Mission Society, is former president of the Museum of African Art, Ford Foundation Visionary Award winner, and former chief of staff to NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins.

This event returns to the Columbia University campus this year:

Columbia University School of Journalism
Pulitzer Hall, Jamail Lecture Hall
2950 Broadway (116th St.)

Tickets (in advance)
Alumni and Guests: $45
Young Alumni (2007-2017): $30
Students: $10


Recognizing BAC Scholarship Recipients:
Charlene Adhiambo ’20CC
Braxton Gunter ’18CC
Camille Sanches ’18CC

Please make a contribution in any amount to the BAC Scholarship Fund to honor the 2018 honorees and scholarship recipients.


Black Alumni Council

Remembering Devon Wade

Devon WadeThe IRAAS family mourns the passing of one of our brightest lights, Devon Wade. A candidate for the Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia, Devon also was a highly valued and active member of our Black Studies community.

In his personal interactions and his scholarship he embodied IRAAS’S central mission of envisioning the academy as a site of critical engagement for social transformation. Devon balanced his research with community involvement and activism. He was a devoted advocate for youth, especially those whose parents have been incarcerated.

His dissertation explored issues of racial and class-based inequality and the “collateral consequences that incarceration has on the family,” particularly children. We have lost him to a senseless act of gun violence. Our lives and work are forever impoverished with his loss.

We will miss his brilliance, his generosity, style and beautiful bright smile. In honor of his life and work, we recommit ourselves to his vision of working toward a more just society free of structural and physical violence of all kinds.

Farah Jasmine Griffin
William B. Ransford Professor
English & Comparative Literature and African American Studies
Director, Institute for Research in African-American- Columbia University

**If you would like to donate to the organization that he was extremely dedicated to, who helped him in his youth please donate to No More Victims, Inc.

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A Celebration of 50 Years of Art in NYC Parks with Dr. Allison Janae Hamilton ’10, ’17

Allison Janae Hamilton
Foresta (detail, installation view), 2017
Mixed media installation with birch logs, wrought iron fence posts, taxidermy forms, horse manes, tambourines, clothing and regalia
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Adam Reich

10-21-17 11:00am—3:00pm

East Pinetum – Central Park

Adult Programs, Fictions

Create a collaborative installation with Fictions artist Allison Janae Hamilton as we help celebrate 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks! On Saturday, October 21, the Studio Museum will join 50+ artists and arts organizations in transforming Central Park’s East Pinetum field into an open platform for public art inspired by the NYC Parks Department’s landmark program. Tapping into Hamilton’s practice of creating immersive spaces using plant matter, layered imagery and sounds, visitors are invited to explore the Park’s social history and participate in the creation of an art work in honor of Seneca Village.


Source: Studio Museum of Harlem

5/28/17 Deadline: IRAAS Summer Institute

The application deadline for our 2017 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STS), themed “Black Activist New York,” is thisSunday, May 28.
IRAAS’s STSI provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about historical trajectory of Black Activism in New York City to the current moment and movement for Black Lives. Please know that New York will serve as a case study and we will speak more broadly about how it sets the stage for subsequent movements in other areas and cities throughout the STSI. Fellowships are available. We encourage you to apply today!

Learn More and Hear from Cheryl Fields,  University of Georgia, Educational Theory and Practice, Faculty Member and  2016 STSI Participant.

· Cheryl Fields Talks About Her Experience at The Many Worlds of Black New York
Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) | 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, 758 Schermerhorn Ext, MC 5512,
New York, NY 10027

IRAAS Alumni Council Mixer 5/5/17

Dear IAC members 

To culminate the start of summer, end of the semester and graduation off IRAAS MA and undergraduates we want to celebrate with IAC Spring Mixer. 

Date Friday, May 5, 2016 

Time: 6:30 pm 

Place: Chocolat Restaurant &Bar 

2223 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

Come join us for food, drinks and good times!!! 

The mixer will occur directly after IRAAS Conversations that will take place from at 4:00 pm in 754 Schemerhorn. 

In order to prepare for food / drinks RSVP before 5/4/17

Kindly RSVP to

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 or (212) 854-7080

Alumni help us fill-in the blank with your brief note via e-mail “IRAAS taught me…”

Open house