11/17/17 Conversations Yvette Christianse, PhD – Reading The Register of Liberated Africans in the Seychelles



4:00PM TO 6:00PM

Chair, Africana Studies Department; Professor, Africana Studies & English and Comparative Literature, Barnard College

Yvette Christiansë is a South African-born poet, novelist, and scholar. She is the author of two books of poetry:Imprendehora (published in South Africa by Kwela Books/Snail Press 2009) and Castaway (Duke University Press, 1999). Imprendehora was a finalist for the Via Afrika Herman Charles Bosman Prize in 2010 and Castaway was a finalist in the 2001 PEN International Poetry Prize. Her novel Unconfessed (Other Press, 2006; Kwela Books, 2007; Querido, 2007) was a finalist for the Hemingway/PEN Prize for first fiction and received a 2007 ForeWord Magazine BEA Award. It was also shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2008, and nominated for the Ama Ata Aidoo Prize 2010. Her poetry has been published in the U.S., South Africa, Australia, Canada, France and Italy. She is also the recipient of The Harri Jones Memorial Prize for poetry (Australia).
She teaches poetry and prose of former English colonies (with an emphasis on South Africa, the Caribbean and Australia), narratives of African Diaspora, 20th Century African American Literatures, poetics and creative writing. Her research interests include the nexus between theories of race and gender, class and postcoloniality. She has been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center and a Visiting Professor at Princeton University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts. She has also been a National Research Council Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand and a visiting writer at the University of Cape Town. Her manuscript on Toni Morrison’s poetics and is forthcoming from Fordham University Press. She is currently writing a book on representations of Liberated Africans or Recaptives between 1807 and 1886.Poet and fiction writer, Yvette Christiansë, was born in South Africa under apartheid and immigrated with her parents to Australia at age 18. Her work has been published internationally, and her poetry collection, Castaway, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN International Poetry Prize. Her acclaimed first novel, Unconfessed, is based on the life of a slave woman in the Cape Colony and was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway/PEN International Prize for First Fiction.
Academic Focus:
Poetry (with an emphasis on South Africa, the Caribbean and Australia)

Ph.D., B.A., University of Sydney

Related Web Sites:
Personal Website
Christiansë Page on RedRoom
South Africa – Poetry International Web
Africana Studies

Columbia University
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Source: Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University


10/20/17 Conversations – “Genealogies of Race and Religion in Colonial Senegal”

“Genealogies of Race and Religion in Colonial Senegal”
Speaker: Wendell Hassan Marsh, PhD Candidate
Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies-Columbia University
+++Free and Open to the Public++

Many scholars have noted the importance of a racialized understanding of religion in the French colonial project in the areas in and around contemporary Senegal.

Islam noir — the concept that distinguished African Muslims from so-called white Muslims of the Arab heartlands, by virtue of a personal and charismatic model of devotion institutionalized in Sufi orders, a syncretic and non-textual orientation to religious practice, and an easily governable docility — is now said to be a relic of a racist colonial past that must be got beyond. In this talk, I propose that some of the ways that contemporary scholars have tried to go beyond race fail to appreciate the work that different ideas of race did in negotiations between colonial administrators and Muslim notables.
The theory of a racialized Islam was used in the production of durable structures during the colonial period that have shaped the way Islam has been understood, lived, and governed. Instead of either discarding race or enshrining it as a transhistorical human category, I examine the Franco-Senegalese racial project and its development of Islamic structures during the colonial moment by reading a genealogy of the saintly figure al-Hajj Umar Tal by Shaykh Musa Kamara. Taken from The Most Deicious of Sciences and the Best of the News in the Life of Hajj Umar, this excerpt of a 1935 text offers a critical view of what was emerging as the joint racial project of the colony-state and indigenous elites as well as the powerful structures of the Sufi brotherhoods in a process of mutual accommodation.


Dr. Christine Pinnock ’03 10/19/17 The Ripple.org Presents: How To Be An Ally To Black Women

The Ripple.org Presents: How To Be An Ally To Black Women


HOW TO BE AN ALLY is a panel series from The Ripple that uplifts and amplifies the different voices being left out of the current feminist discussion.

Please join us this month as we highlight the voices of Black Women!

Thu, October 19, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT


Civic Hall, 118 W 22nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011

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Doors at 5pm. Event begins promptly at 5:30pm.

Event is open to all ages, genders and religions.

Event space is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Our incredible speakers this month are:

  • Gia-Rayne B. Harris is a writer, actress, singer, and director. She can be seen performing with the New York Neo Futurists ensemble on a regular basis. She is an alum of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Health and a concentration in Gender Studies. Passionate about feminism and the advocacy of people of color, she is working on creating her own production company to create art that will provide a voice to underrepresented groups.
  • Dr. Christine A. Pinnock is a writer, Black feminist anthropologist and garden photographer who recently earned her doctorate in Anthropology from The Graduate Center (CUNY). Her broader research interests involve immigration, sexuality, diasporic/transnational communities, Caribbean literature, and gendered
    labor. Currently Dr. Pinnock is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. She teaches Gender, Sexuality and Labor in the Contemporary Caribbean and is also the consultant for IRAAS’ Thesis Writing Workshop. She is working on her manuscript, All Dis Way: Afro-Caribbean Women’s Narratives of Struggle with Immigration, Labor and Race in New York City, along with other writing projects. Dr. Pinnock is the owner of Building Future Legacies for Young Scholars, a college preparedness consulting firm, and is deeply committed to helping college-bound, undergraduate, and graduate scholars effectively navigate and succeed in higher education. She also provides professional development workshops for academic professionals and K-12 educators. Dr. Pinnock can be contacted at Christinepinnock@gmail.com.
  • Dominique McQueen is a Transgender U.S. Army Veteran turned model and philanthropist. While developing her own anti bullying campaign, Persist 4 Peace, she has worked closely with Someone Cares Inc, of Atlanta, serving as Project Manager. While continuing to pursue her entertainment career, she is also on the Veterans’ Affairs Mental Health Advisory Council and has recently become a Certified Peer Support Specialist for the DBSA.

Do you offer Financial Aid?

Yes! For those in need of financial assistance, The Ripple always offers a Financial Hardships Program. Please contact us at Finance@TheRipple.org for more information.

What is The Ripple?

The Ripple is an intersectional women’s collective founded by Dana Suchow and Rachel Cargle,

At The Ripple, we believe that empowered women are the key to America’s future. Women have been completely disenfranchised in our society, and while not all disenfranchisement is equal, it doesn’t make any single woman less valuable or worthy. Waves start from ripples, and The Ripple is about empowering women to make waves in their communities through meaningful and lasting conversations.


Please email Events@TheRipple.org if any questions.

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

Congratulations IRAAS alum, Katori Hall ’03 on her film in the Bushwick Film Festival 10/15/17

“Hey Fam, so happy to share that my short film ARKABUTLA is now an official selection in the Bushwick Film Festival! Starring Khalil Kain (Juice, “Girlfriends”) and introducing Chara James & Zebulen M.N. Joyner-McCaster, the film follows Chauncey Wright, a champion bull rider, who risks life and limb to give his kids the ultimate gift–a jet ski. But when he takes his kids on a joy ride at the local lake, they are all confronted with a stubborn legacy swimming just beneath the Arkabutla surface.

The short is part of an amazing block called “Film as Critique – America.”

Get your tickets on Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2w7GExW or go to the Bushwick Film Festival Facebook page http://bit.ly/2flpvO5

Dame-Jasmine Hughes, Dale McNair, Nathan Ross Murphy, Alice Rainey Berry, Reece Berry, David Muskin

Michael Leonhart + Amber Iman
Very honored to have worked with the A-team:
Producer Khaliah Neal, UPM Morgan Jon Fox, DP Ryan Earl Parker, 1st AD Sarah Fleming, Editors Catie Stickels, Alan Canant, CD Stori Ayers, Ryan Azada, Michael Hunkele, Carrie Hall, Breezy Lucia, Nicki Newburger, Jordan Danelz, Aaron Baggett, Andy Allmendinger, Andrea Washinton-Brown, Stephanie Brown, Davina Hunt, Sean Davis, Calla Forsyth-Barrie, Stefanie Ford, Fuel Cafe, New School Media, Sean Faust, Dustin Stern-Garcia, Dean Marcial, Splash Studios, NYC, Barbara Parks, Will Hsieh, Peter Levin, Hell’s Color Kitchen, Rick Broat, & LaSalle Hall, Alan Scoop, Christy Henry, Rissi Palmer-Stypmann
Special thanks to Charles Khaikin for the graphics!”

via Katori Hall @KatoriHall

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Homecoming 2017 – Columbia University Black Alumni Council

Black Alumni Council Board

WHEN   October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm – 10pm

WHERE 48 Lounge 1221 6th Ave Ny, NY 10020

Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC) and Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), invite you to join alumni from all Columbia schools and generations for the 2017 Black Alumni Homecoming!
This festive evening held at 48 Lounge in midtown Manhattan, is an opportunity for the #BlackLion family to come together to celebrate our community, learn how to get involved, and have a great time with new and old Columbia friends.
The evening includes hors d’ouvres, premium open bar, music, and dancing.
Early Bird Tickets:
– Undergraduate Students: $30
– Alumni & Graduate Students: $60
– Non-Alumni Guests: $65
– Sponsor a Student: $60
After October 1st:
– Undergraduate Students: $60
– Alumni & Graduate Students: $70
– Non-Alumni Guests: $75
– Walk-In: $80
*Note: Due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only those 21 and over may attend.
For information on BAC Homecoming sponsorship opportunities, contact Genna Farley (gf2371@columbia.edu) Assistant Director, Alumni Relations.
We look forward to seeing you.


Stay Woke: The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening with David Johns ’04

Fellowship Event PA

Stay Woke: The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening

  • Sheraton Hotel 201 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA, 19103


Teacher diversity works.

Increasing the number of Black male educators in our nation’s teacher corps will improve education for all our students, especially African-American boys.

Today Black men represent only two percent of teachers nationwide. This is a national problem that demands a national response.

Join us in the fight for education equity as we meet to advance policy, hear from experts and amplify the voices of Black male educators from the classroom to the community. All are welcome.

Special Guests

Derrell Bradford Executive Vice President, 50CAN Executive Director, NYCAN

Derrell Bradford

Executive Vice President, 50CAN

Executive Director, NYCAN

David Johns Former Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

David Johns

Former Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Camika Royal, Ph. D. Assistant Professor of Urban Education & Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Urban Education, Loyola University of Maryland

Camika Royal, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Urban Education & Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Urban Education, Loyola University of Maryland

Robert Simmons VP of Strategy & Innovation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Robert Simmons

VP of Strategy & Innovation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement

Chris Stewart President & CEO, Wayfinder Foundation

Chris Stewart

President & CEO, Wayfinder Foundation

John B. King, Jr.   CEO, The Education Trust Former U.S. Secretary of Education

John B. King, Jr.


CEO, The Education Trust

Former U.S. Secretary of Education


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 columbiastsi.com or email stsi@columbia.edu .
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