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


Philadelphia 2/24/18 Amari Rebel Performance

From @amarirebel – The Love Black Soirée is an intimate evening of music, storytelling, and conversation. Just look at who is rocking with me on this one! #philly #blacklove

A Poet Art Gallery

4032 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104


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

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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



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



Thank You for supporting our Toy Drive

IMG_0507Saturday December 2, 2017 at Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall in Harlem, NY, unwrapped toys, educational items, posters, blankets, diverse dolls and gifts were collected to support children and young adults up to 22 years old.

Executives in attendance hailed from Amazon Black Employee Network, Sirius XM Black Employee Network, HSBC Bank, State University of New York (SUNY) Suffolk County Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn College, New York City Department of Youth and Community Services, New York City Parks Department, Rustic Tavern, NFL Network, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Citizens Financial Group, JP Morgan Chase, and many more organizations.

Tyler James, Director of Workforce Development at New York City Administration of Children Services coordinated the successful toy drive to support over 100 youth. Attendees shared “It is such an honor to support our youth and build new community ties at the same time.”

Columbia University graduates attended from Columbia Business School, Columbia College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Mailman School of Public Health.

The second annual event was held in conjunction with the 111th anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University. Representatives from the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island were eager to support this worthwhile initiative.

The collaboration was hosted by


Toy Drive & Holiday Social with Amazon Black Employee Network – NYC 6PM at Solomon & Kuff

IRAAS Invitation 2017-11-14 - Web

Saturday, December 2, 2017 6PM

Institute for Research in African American Studies Alumni Council of Columbia University

invites you to Solomon & Kuff 2331 12th Ave, NYC @ 133rd St

Toy Drive assisting NYC Administration for Children Services

Bring your unwrapped toys, educational items, posters, blankets or diverse dolls supporting children and young adults up to 22 years old.

$ Cash Bar


  • Specials
  • $30 + tax & tip: per hour unlimited top shelf open bar
  • $15 + tax & tip: per hour unlimited appetizers


For dinner reservations contact 212.939.9443

Brought to you by


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.

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreVictimsInc/
Donation Page: https://www.paypal.me/NMVI
Information on Devon Wade: http://sociology.columbia.edu/node/340