Africana Studies

Announcements, Academic Opportunities & Internships

Kiese Laymon

March 29, 6 PM

at Caroline Marshall Draughton Center for Arts and Humanities, 101 Debardeleben

The Department of English at Auburn University is proud to present Kiese Laymon, author
of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Long Division, winner of the
Saroyan International Writing Award. Named a member of the Root 100 and Ebony
Magazine Power 100, Laymon’s work has appeared in: McSweeney’s, New York Times,
The Best American Series, Guernica, and Ebony

Co-sponsored by Southern Humanities Review, the Caroline Marshall
Draughon Center for Arts and Humanities, and Africana Studies

Reading, with book signing to follow



Gene H. Brody, Ph.D.

Regent’s Professor of Child and Family Development
Director of the Center for Family Research, University of Georgia

Resilience to Adversity and the Early
Origins of Disease

For the past quarter century, scientists at the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia
have conducted research designed to promote understanding of developmental trajectories
among rural African American children, youths, and young adults. This colloquium will review the
role of economic hardship, racial discrimination, and downward mobility to peripheral physiology,
accelerated biological aging, and brain systems, and illustrate the health benefits of supportive
family relationships in protecting youths from these challenges.

Gene H. Brody, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for his contributions to research on family,
community, and genetic influences on child and adolescent development.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3:00 - 4:20 PM
Location: Spidle Hall Room 144
Reception to follow in Room 244

This event is part of the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research (CHEER) Spring 2018 Seminar Series.
For additional information about the series visit or email


The Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series

Co-sponsored with the RBD Library and Archives


Dr. Jennifer Brooks

Associate Professor, Department of History


From the Congo to the Convict Lease: Africa in Alabama Coal Mines


Alabama relied on convicts to build the New South. Historians agree that African Americans constituted the overwhelming majority of persons imprisoned in this brutal labor system. However, immigrants from around the world were not only imprisoned in New South Alabama, but were also leased to private mining and timber interests, including to the brother of former Alabama governor, B.B. Comer. Dr. Brooks will explore how this exploitation of immigrants complicates our understanding of the New South as a binary story of black versus white.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 3:30 pm

Draughon Library Special Collections & Archives

Refreshments and conversation to follow Dr. Brooks talk


Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series

Democracy is Rooted in Accessible, Secure, and Fair Elections

Looking ahead to the 2018 Federal Election - (An EAC perspective)

February 27, 2018 - 3:30pm

Draughon Library - Special Collections & Archives


Mr. Thomas Hicks

Vice Chairman

United States Election Assistance Commission

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate in 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. He has talked with Americans in every state about their voting experiences. In addition, he has worked with state and local election officials across America to address critical election concerns. In his previous role as Senior Elections Counsel and Minority Elections Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Hicks addressed issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the Election Assistance Commission and Federal Election Commission.



Black History Month 2018

Creating a Conversation in Color

with Opal Tometi

Tues. Feb. 20, 2018

6pm (doors open at 5)

Student Center Ballroom

Open to all students and staff with valid Auburn University ID



The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association Presents

The Dr. Julian Gilbert Distinguished Lecturer Series


Dr. Nadia Richardson

Founder of: Nor More Martyrs & Valenrich Wellness

“Excellence in Academics: Understanding Mental Health in Minority Students”

February 28, 2018

Foy Hall Auditorium 5:00 PM

Meet & greet and refreshments following the lecture



Beyond the Skin: to The Content of Our Character

Feb. 15, 2018 @ 6pm

Student Center Rm 2227 

The purpose of this event is to foster a dialogue between the panelists and audience on various issues of the day from Black Lives Matter to navigating a predominantly White institution. The goal is to highlight that race is not homogenous and the uniqueness of different cultures provide only a piece of the total person. Participants will leave the event with strategies on how to navigate through multiple spaces, while also striving to find one’s unique self. This event is sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center for Excellence, a unit of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

Ilyasah Shabazz: Growing up X

Feb. 26, 2018 @ 6pm

Student Center Ballroom A&B

Ilyasah Shabazz is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author of the coming of age memoir entitled: Growing Up X (Random House 2002). She is an inspirational role model and advocate for women and girl empowerment. Her lifework is devoted to helping others find inner strength and purpose. While she is frequently asked to speak about the legacy of Malcolm X, she shares that it is her mother Dr. Betty Shabazz's wisdom, courage and compassion that guide her. Ms. Shabazz holds a Master of Science in Education & Human Resource Development from Fordham University; Bachelors of Science in Biology from SUNY/New Paltz; and is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City. She has received two NAACP Image Awards, Walter Dean Myers Honor, Library of Congress Inaugural Award, American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor, and has been long listed for The National Book Award. Ms. Shabazz promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she frequently participates on international humanitarian delegations. This event is sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center for Excellence, a unit of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.

ASMEA Research Grant Program

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is offering the following Grant Opportunities in conjunction with the Eleventh Annual ASMEA Conference being held November 1 - 3, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 


The ASMEA Research Grant Program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five qualifying topic areas outlined on our website and constitutes new and original research. Grants of up to $2500 will be awarded. Successful research grant applicants are required to present their research at the Eleventh Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in our peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.


Separately, ASMEA is offering two conference Travel Grant opportunities. The first is for scholars of the Middle East and the second is intended for scholars of Africa focused on the world of Islam, Islamism, and related issues in the continent. Funds provided through this program may be used to cover expenses associated with attending the ASMEA Annual Conference. Up to $750 will be awarded to successful applicants.


Applicants can apply for both grants but will only be awarded one. The application deadline for both grants is April 15, 2018.


Attached to this email is a PDF copy of our Grant Opportunities flyer. I would be most grateful if you would arrange to have it displayed in the appropriate public spaces within your department or forwarded to interested faculty and students. Additional guidelines and information as well as the online application for the Grants and Paper and Panel Proposals can be found on our website at


If you have any further questions about ASMEA, the Annual Conference, or any of our Grant Opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact us at 202-429-8860 or

Download the flyer


Honoring  Mrs. Mary Louise Smith-Ware with a Historical Marker placed at her home site in 1955.  


62 years ago Mrs. Smith-Ware was arrested for defying segregation orders on a city bus and her actions and treatment mirrored Mrs. Parks and Claudette Colvin of the same year.  She then joined three other women as co-lead plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, Browder v Gayle that was unamioulsy supported by the U.S. Supreme Court and was a major precedent that enabled Civil and Human Rights legislation of the 20th and 21st Century. Equal Justice, Due Process, Civil Rights legislation post 1956 mirrors the ruling of the Browder v Gayle case.


Mrs. Smith-Ware continued to distinguish herself by joining her sister in filing a segregation complaint against the Montgomery YMCA in 1969 that ultimately led to a class action lawsuit, Smith vs. YMCA that desegregated the YMCA and overturned a 1957 city ordinance that blocked blacks and whites from socializing in public.


Donations can be made on our GoFund Me Page-Smith Historical Marker, or mail directly to us, Cosmo D- Productions- Smith Historical Marker. P.O. Box 798,Selma, Al 36702. See our website:, Facebook:More Than A Bus Ride@ WaheedC.


The Patience Essah Africana Studies Lecture Series
Co-sponsored with the RBD Library and Archives

 Spring 2018


1/16 Tim Dodge “African American Covers of Country Music BEFORE Ray Charles”

2/27 Tom Hicks, Vice Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission “Democracy is Rooted in Accessible, Secure, and Fair Elections looking ahead to the 2018 Federal Election.  (An EAC perspective)

3/20 Jennifer Brooks “From the Congo to the Convict Lease: Africa in Alabama Coal Mines”

4/10 Joan Harrell - "The Untold Story: Nurse Eunice Rivers & The Unethical Syphilis Study at Tuskegee" 

The Africana Studies Program

invites you to join us

on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m in the Foy Union Auditorium for an inspiring evening with Sarah Lewis, best-selling author of The Rise, a biography that explores how failure, innovation, and mastery open paths to success and how we can learn from their examples. Dr. Lewis is a faculty member in Harvard University’s African and African American Studies and History of Art and Architecture. A book signing will follow the talk. 



The Multicultural Center; Women's Leadership
Institute; University Special Lectures Fund;
Auburn Athletics; Auburn University Libraries; the College of
Education; the Department of English; the Department of
Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work; the Philpott-Stevens
Research Fund; the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs;
College of Liberal Arts Community and Civic Engagement Initiative;
the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities; and the
College of Architecture, Design and Construction


Office of International Programs
Window to Your World Seminar Series


Careers in the United Nations -

Education, International Development & Humanitarian Operations

February 6, 2017
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Student Center
Room 2222



Douglas Casson Coutts,

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Diplomat in Residence (Rtd)


More information about Doug Coutts

More information about the Office of International Programs

The United Nations needs a few good men and women! Join us for lunch and learn how you can work and travel globally!  Questions?  Contact Dr. Adeola Fayemi at

Last Updated: March 29, 2018