This special issue of The Journal of Black Studies will focus on politics, protest, and popular culture in Africa during the transformative year 1960. Popularly referred to as “The Year of Africa,” 1960 witnessed a host of events, from the end of the Mau Mau resistance in Kenya, mass riots during Charles de Gualle’s trip to Algeria, the murder of 69 non-violent protestors in South Africa’s Sharpeville Massacre, and independence for 17 African nations. While the year was marked by both the entrenched brutality of European colonial rule and the birth of new Africa nations, there was the overwhelming sense of optimism for a vibrant, independent, and self-sufficient Africa. To commemorate fifty years since “The Year of Africa,” this special issue invites essays from throughout the disciplines that offer a critical examination of the personalities, politics, events, ideas and transformations that helped define the year 1960 in Africa.
Friday, December 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Robert Collins Arena, Brookdale Community College
Dr. Maulana Karenga, an internationally recognized activist-scholar, is the creator of Kwanzaa (kwahn'-zah), an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture and is observed throughout the African community on every continent in the world. He has written the definitive text on the holiday titled "Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture". In addition, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books. His latest works include Introduction to Black Studies, Selections from the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings, and Kawaida: A Communitarian African Philosophy. From such past movements as Black Arts, Black Studies and Black Power to the more recent ones of Afrocentricity, the Ancient Egyptian Studies Movement and the Million Man March/Day of Absence, Dr. Karenga has played a critical leadership role in black intellectual and political history since the 1960's. In the forefront of the founding and developing of Black Studies, he is the author of the most widely used introductory text in the discipline. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and service including the prestigious National Council for Black Studies' "Award for Outstanding Contributions to Black Studies" and its "C.R.L. James Award for Scholarly Publication and Advancing the Discipline," and the African Heritage Studies Association "President's Award for Scholarship and Service in the Development of Black Studies." Join Brookdale Community College's Black Student Union and department of Student Life & Activities for this special evening.
31 July to 2 August 2009
Newark Military Park, Broad Street and Park Place, Newark, NJ
The purpose of the Festival is to facilitate the promotion of the African Civilization by reinforcing unity and cultural integration. This event will help affirm and define the legacy of the African Diaspora; aimed at encouraging self-reliance and increase the quality of relationships and dialogue between the Communities. We will have the participation of people of African descent from Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean Islands and beyond. We hope to bring together people of Africa descent and members from other communities to celebrate our shared ancestry, history, and spiritual heritage. The goal is to create a channel of understanding of the African Tradition and Civilization in order to cultivate a strong global brotherhood and sisterhood within our Communities.
Partner Organizations / Agencies (Co-sponsors) include Africa -Newark International INC., The Africana Institute at Essex County College, African Youth Association, The African and American Alliance (AAA), and the Humanity For Africa Foundation (HFAF).
Sponsors and vendors are still needed. Interested parties should contact 617-953-1730 or 908-468-9147.
New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 8 - 12 April 2009
Between the 8th and 11th of April, the National Association of Chicano/Chicana (Mexican-American) Studies will have their annual national academic conference in New Brunswick. This is the first time the Association brings its meeting of 500+ people to the Northeast! It is also the association’s fortieth anniversary. The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, with the support of the SAS Dean’s office and other units, will be the local host for this conference.
For more information, please visit http://www.naccs.org/naccs/General_Info_EN.asp?SnID=941918868.
Korea, Japan, and the United States
International Student Conferences (ISC) is a non-profit organization which supports student-run educational and cultural exchange programs for university students from the United States, Japan, and Korea. Currently ISC facilitates the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), the oldest student-run cultural exchange between the US and Japan, beginning in 1934 and the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), which launched in the summer of 2008.
15 January to 15 February 2009
Cuban Art Space, 231 West 29th Street, #401 New York, NY 10001
On January 1, Cuba celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution in Santiago de Cuba, where it all started 55 ½ years ago with the rebel attack on Fort Moncada. That anniversary reminds us of the longest running unresolved conflict between the United States and a neighbor.
What is it about this small island of not quite 12 million human beings that drives U.S. administrations crazy? And is there light at the end of the tunnel with the new president-elect? We at the Center for Cuban Studies hope so.
To commemorate the anniversary and this history of conflict between our two countries, the Center for Cuban Studies is dedicating its Cuban Art Space to a graphic presentation of these 50 years, with photographs, posters, newspapers and magazines and books from our own extensive collection. Photographs by Raul Corrales, Alberto Korda, Liborio Noval, Roberto and Osvaldo Salas, Lee Lockwood, Constantino Arias and others will be shown alongside Cuba's great political posters and covers of Look, Life, Time and Newsweek; cartoons from Cuban and U.S. publications, screaming headlines from the NY Post, the Daily News, The New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune and other U.S. newspapers, covering the Bay of Pigs, the missile crisis, the Mariel boatlift, the battle over Elian, Fidel Castro's step back from power – and more.
The Cuban Revolution inspired apparently the best and the worst in both U.S. and Cuban journalists, artists, filmmakers and photographers. This exhibit will give just a taste of the millions of words and photographs, film and graphics that have accompanied the long march of the revolution. Hopefully, the exhibit will open the mind's eye to the absurdity of U.S. policy toward Cuba, and provide a few more nails in the coffin of that policy.
On January 23, also as part of the 50th commemoration, a 10-day festival of documentaries about Cuba, sponsored by the Center for Cuban Studies, will screen at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem (www.mayslesinstitute.org).
For further information, please contact:
Center for Cuban Studies
Hours: Tuesday - Friday (11:00 AM to 7:00 PM), Saturday (12:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Yale University, 27-28 March 2009
Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University
Eunice Njeri Sahle, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Austin, 15-17 April 2010
Inspired by the upcoming bicentenary of Mexican independence, the symposium aims to generate dialogue among scholars from a variety of disciplines working on processes of independence, decolonization, and the reconfiguration of territorial and social borders that such processes generate. We encourage proposals that adopt an explicitly synoptic approach to the interactions between metropolitan powers and colonial/nationalist societies. We welcome proposals from scholars working on the following broad problem areas:
1. Global and local dynamics of "first wave" independence movements and decolonization in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (e.g. United States, Haiti, Spanish America);
2. Nineteenth century decolonization (e.g. Ottoman successor states, Brazil, Cuba);
3. National liberation movements and decolonization in the twentieth century.
We are interested in bringing into dialogue a variety of approaches and themes which might include ethnic identities and anti-colonial movements, postcolonial state formation, and economic development of postcolonial states.
For further information about the Institute for Historical Studies, its programs, and fellowships, please visit www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies .
Warsaw, Poland, 1 June to 31 July 2009
The summer internship program is organized by Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland includes 25-30 hours of internship per week, credited academic and internship seminars and Polish language course.
Application & Deadline
Graduate and Undergraduate students can apply. Civitas Summer Internship Program has a rolling admission and interested applicants are invited to submit their applications to the program anytime until March 16, 2009. Application forms are available at http://www.globaleducationleadership.org/apply/HowtoApply.html