Black Studies

The global movement for racial and ethnic justice has reinvigorated deep interest in the critical exploration of inequality, the history of race and racism, student activism, international human rights struggle, law enforcement and the criminal justice system, the arts and cultural resistance, and environmental justice, to name but a few.

Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University, Department of African American Studies, presents "#BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation," Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in Ellis Library, Room 114A

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

trivia night

Form a team and get ready to answer Black History Month trivia questions! A light meal will be provided, and the winning team will receive prizes. This event is a fundraiser for the Endowed Chair of African-American History and Culture.

The 2015 Black Studies Fall Conference at the University of Missouri will focus on the status of Black life from various disciplines and perspectives. The theme of the conference is “Black Life: Transdisciplinary/Intergenerational Conversations.”

Events on campus this semester have led to a rise in race-related discussions. This weekly workshop allows for a safe space to discuss experiences and learn skills for coping with race-related stress.

One or more annual scholarship awards shall be given to underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students enrolled in the Department of Black Studies, in the College of Arts and Science. Preference may be given to students with an interest in the study of and research about people of African descent.

Keona K. Ervin can easily connect the dots from the fight for racial equality and justice on college campuses across the country today to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, which in turn were an outgrowth of social movement activism of the 1930s and ’40s.

Join us for an invigorating evening of jazz, funk, and Rhythm & Blues with award-winning jazz bassist and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello. The artist will be joined by MU's jazz band under the direction of Dr. Arthur White. Following the performance, Dr. Stephanie Shonekan will moderate a discussion with Ndegeocello.

Stephanie Shonekan, chair of the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Black Studies, says she wants to initiate a series of conversations about the status of black lives. Shonekan succeeded Wilma King, the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Black Studies, as chair of the department this semester. The department’s annual fall conference will be held Oct. 22 in the Mark Twain Ballroom in Memorial Union.

The Department of Black Studies and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies present a post-election analysis and interdisciplinary discussion Friday, Nov. 18, at noon in Memorial Union, Room S304.

What really happened on Nov. 8?

What does it really mean?

What is the real impact on all of us?

Pizza will be served.

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The Department of Black Studies and The Black Collective & Allies presents: "Voices of Social Change": Reclaiming Our Narrative(s), Thursday, March 10, from 6-8 p.m., Ellis Library, Room 114. Challenging the typical media and scholarly narratives that misunderstand and denigrate brown and black bodies, presenters will attempt to reclaim the Mizzou story as one of triumph, progress, resistance, and courage.

Americans typically cite the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia at the Appomattox Court House in April 1865 as the official end of the Civil War, but in Border States such as Missouri and in southern states such as Texas the war raged on. In Missouri, Confederate holdouts and guerillas continued to terrorize the local populace while trying to stay a step ahead of federal soldiers tasked with hunting them down.

The Department of Black Studies presents "Why Black Lives Matter: Race, (In)Justice, & Struggle in the 21st Century" Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m., Room 114A, Ellis Library. The "teach in" is an interactive, interdisciplinary educational forum designed to deepen knowledge about the political, cultural, social, economic, and historical aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement. Stephanie Shonekan, chair of the Department of Black Studies, will moderate the forum.

The program in Art History in the MU School of Visual Studies presents, "Conditions Reporting: 'I AM A MAN' and the Writing of Afrotropic Art Histories," by Huey Copeland, associate professor of art history, Northwestern University, Monday, Nov., 6, at 5 p.m. in 106 Lefevre Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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