Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
African and African American Studies

Conferences and Events for 2013-2014

Fall 2013

Student-Led Conference
November 2, 2013

The theme of the third student led conference is "Understanding Africa in 21st. Century." Selected students from LC and Rh campuses will be presenting their final papers at the conference. The conference will be open to students, faculty, and members of the public. We expect 12 students from both campuses to participate. Download the flyer now.

Spring 2014

Black History Month Symposium on Civil Rights in the 21st Century
Featuring keynote speaker, Kristen Clarke, Esq. and journalist Farai Chideya
Black History Month 2014 co-sponsored with Fordham Law
February 22, 11:00 a.m.
Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W. 60th Street, 12th Floor Faculty Lounge

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Civil Rights in the 21st Century celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act will feature Keynote Speaker, Kristen Clarke, Esq., Bureau Chief Civil Rights Division, New York State Attorney General's Office and Respondent, Farai Chideya, journalist and political analyst.

The Civil Rights Act stands as the nation’s benchmark civil rights legislation, opening the door for other landmark laws including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Despite meaningful progress achieved since passage of the Civil Rights Act, significant challenges remain and racial discrimination continues to stand as a threat to equality. Robust enforcement of civil rights laws remains necessary now more than ever to ensure that we do not roll back the fragile gains that have been made over the course of the past 50 years. Ms Clarke's presentation will focus on many of the current challenges which stand as a threat to equal justice under law and the continuing need to tackle the persistence of racial discrimination in American life.

Open to the Public. RSVP recommended but not required. Contact us at Department of African and African American Studies 212-636-6360 or 718 817-3745 or

Symposium on Perspectives on National Reconciliation in South Sudan: Lessons learnt from South Africa, Rwanda, and Sudan
April 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Center Campus, McMahon Hall, Room 109

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The symposium will discuss some of the challenges of political reconciliation and justice in South Sudan. The speakers will offer a fresh vision and explore policy options for peace, democracy, and development in South Sudan. Outstanding academics, policy makers, and human rights activists from South Sudan will debate possible ways of addressing these pivotal issues. The symposium will conclude by offering possible alternative perspectives for an inclusive national and political reconciliation. FREE and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Lecture on Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa
April 10, 2014, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Rose Hill Campus, Walsh Library, O'Hare Special Collections - 4th Floor

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Dr. Catherine Higgs, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will be giving a lecture titled "Chocolate, Slavery, and the Humanitarian Impulse in Colonial Africa" based on her book Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa. In Chocolate Islands, Higgs explores the competing meanings regarding the dignity of labor in colonial Africa, revealing the idealism, naivety, and racism that shaped attitudes toward Africa, even among those who sought to improve the conditions of its workers.

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