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Academic Year 2018-19

Valerie Imparato

valeriepimparato.com
Instagram: Vp_visualart

Artist Bio

Valerie ImparatoValerie Prosper Imparato is originally from Haiti but has lived all over the world.  Valerie’s aesthetic draws from the diverse cultural influences in her upbringing, with an emphasis on East-African and Caribbean art. 

Valerie’s art teeters on the balance between the ethereal and the earthly; the fantasy of the whimsical and the perspective of the realist. She hopes to make art that inspires dialogue on issues of faith, race, immigration, feminism, and the plight of the oppressed. 

Her most recent work is focused on the Black Woman and all of the identities folded within the intersectionality of blackness and womanhood. 

Academic Year 2016 -17
 

Spring 2017
Rhythms of the Diaspora Concert

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:30pm
Goddard Chapel, (5 The Green, Medford, MA 02155)

The 2nd Annual Rhythms of the Diaspora event will celebrate female composers and musicians of the African Diaspora. Performances by musicians from the New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and Tufts University. Light Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Tufts Africana Center, Tufts Black Student Union, NEC Black Student Union and the Berklee Black Student Union

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SAVE THE DATE: February 3, 2017
I Am Not Your Negro

A Magnolia Films Production directed by Raoul Peck
Film Screening and Discussion

"In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new endeavor: the writing of his final book, Remember This House, recounting the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin was not able to complete the book before his death, and the unfinished manuscript was entrusted to director Raoul Peck (Moloch Tropical, Murder in Pacot) by the writer's estate.

Built exclusively around Baldwin's words, Peck's I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks. Exploring what it means to be Black in America today, Peck reflects on the legacy of racial violence that still permeates the country."

Join the Africana Center for discussion following the film screening, more details to come.
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Black History Month 2017

Join us for a celebration of the African Diaspora through film screenings, discussions and concerts.

BHM2017

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CSRD Sponsors The Boston Premiere of Birth of a Movement

Monday, January 30, 2017, Film Event at 6:30 PM at Somerville Theater, Davis Square
Discussion following film event | Africana Center Lounge

The Tufts CSRD Sponsors the Boston Premiere of Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America's First Blockbuster | A Northern Light Production directed by Susan Gray and Bestor Cram

"Boston 1915. African-American newspaper editor and activist William Monroe Trotter wages a battle against D. W. Griffith's groundbreaking blockbuster The Birth of a Nation. A notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly reimagining of history, Griffith's motion picture unleashes a conflict that still rages today about race relations, representation, and the power of Hollywood." The film is followed by a panel discussion and public forum featuring Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard Univ.), Vincent Brown (Harvard Univ.), Dolita Cathcart (Wheaton College), Robert Bellinger (Suffolk Univ.), Dick Lehr, and Barbara Lewis (Trotter Institute at UMass Boston).

Join the CSRD and Africana Center for discussion following the film event.

RSVP to Danuta Forbes 


A Tufts University Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

Monday, January 23, 2017, 3 - 7:30 p.m., Breed Memorial Hall (51 Winthrop St., Medford, MA)
Please feel free to attend parts, or stay for the entire program.

Each year, Tufts University hosts an annual celebration honoring the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For this year's celebration, the MLK planning team has lined up a series of panels and speakers who will explore the question: "Where do we go from here?" The day will begin with a panel of distinguished historians who will place our current moment in historical context through the exploration of African American and women's history, the African diaspora and collective resistance, the history of immigration and exclusion, European fascism, abolitionism, and movement building.

Featured panelist include: Greg Childs (Brandeis University), Vivek Bald (MIT), Ashley Farmer (Boston University), Elizabeth Foster (Tufts University), and Kerri Greenidge (Tufts University).

This panel will be followed by a panel of community organizers and activists who will discuss how this historical context informs their work at the local and national levels. We will conclude with dinner and a keynote lecture from Tufts alumna, Jennifer Bailey, A09, founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network who will discuss how we might build King's "beloved community" in the Trump Era.

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Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Africana Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, RCD Consortium, Student Affairs Pluralism Fund, the Department of History, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and the University Chaplaincy.

Academic Year 2015 - 16

Spring 2016

Winners of the 2016 Bruce-Griffey Internship Grant

Cayla Brown

Cayla is a Junior majoring in International Relations. She will be working with the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD), a division of the Massachusetts Public Council Services that ensures that every child from an indigent family in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that incorporates a Youth Development Approach, resulting in fair treatment in court. Her internship role, Cayla will act as an aid to the public defense office in Somerville, MA and will serve as an advocate for clients of YAD and use their background information, their school and home life, extracurricular activities to build a case for why charges against them should be dropped. She will also travel with public defenders to court to assist them in trial which will give her the opportunity to observe public defenders representing their clients in front of a judge and jury and learn more about the operations of a Massachusetts courtroom.

She is a member of the Africana Advisory Alliance, Publicist of Spirit of Color Dance Group and Staff Editor for the Tufts Hemispheres. Cayla is also a Info Booth Attendant and Campus Center Manager and was a 2014 – 2015 Resident Assistant.


Andrade Hendricks

Andrade is a Junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. Her internship will be with the New England Biolabs, a leading scientific institution that consistently publishes research focused on producing enzymes and cell lines regularly used in the fields of metabolic engineering and DNA editing. Their goal is to produce low cost, highly efficient research tolls for other life science research facilities in an effort to make the international research process more standardized, environmentally friendly and less wasteful. This research internship will allow her to work with Dr. Mehmet Berkmen to investigate and optimize how the SHuffle bacteria (created in the Berkmen lab) expresses proteins with corrected disulfide bonds. Disulfide bonds maintain protein structure, and when these bonds are broken or incorrectly formed due to genetic mutations, detrimental neurodegenerative disease may develop. Further testing with SHuffle could be a lead to creating a personalized, targeted genetic therapy to cure these diseases.

She is a recipient of the Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) Scholar, Publication Content Contributor for the Center for STEM Diversity, Treasurer for the Questbridge Student Group, Public Outreach Chair for the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists, and Member of the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineering and American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Congratulations to our 2016 Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award winner: Dr. Kendra Field!

Kendra Field


Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award 2016 Nominations

The Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award acknowledges an effort to create a collegiate environment where the contributions of people of African descent are not only recognized but also celebrated in a diverse approach to learning (both inside and outside of the classroom environment).This award is presented by the Africana Center biannually to an A&S&E faculty or staff member whose achievements in the classroom, community, and programming in their departments, organizations, and or offices exemplifies a commitment to enriching the lives of students, faculty and staff. The recipient's name will be placed on a plaque in the Africana Center and a Certificate of Distinguished Service will be awarded during the May 18, 2016 Faculty Meeting.

Please direct nominations to Katrina Moore, Director of the Africana Center via email at africana@tufts.edu or by campus mail to: Katrina Moore, Africana Center, 8 Professors Row, Medford campus.

More information on the award can be found here.

February 2016

2016 Africana Studies Distinguished Lecture

During the month of February in 2016 the CSRD is collaborating with the African Center, Africana Studies, and many other historically-minded individuals and organizations on- and off-campus to explore "The Public History of Slavery and Freedom in Medford." The kick off for this series will be the Africana Distinguished Lecture (Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, preceded by the "Tufts/ Medford Black Freedom Trail," and followed by a student dinner dialogue about race, class, and college campuses today.

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January 2016

Project Got Your Back

"Project Got Your Back" is a program being organized in response to this local need by having a backpack drive to support the displaced children in our local community during their time of need. The collected items will be distributed to the Department of Children & Families in Cambridge, MA as a part of the 2016 Tufts University programs honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Annual University Celebration
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
4:30pm | Goddard Chapel

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"Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Essay Contest

The Annual Tufts MLK Celebration 2016 will include an essay contest entitled "Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." to share your vision and views about Dr. King's lessons, teachings, and legacy. Students are invited to submit their reflection through a number of literary and/or media outlets including essay, poetry, spoken word or video.

First ($250), Second ($150) and Third ($100) prizes will be awarded. The First Place winner will be given the opportunity to read their reflection at the Annual MLK Celebration event on January 26, 2016.

Essay submissions are in and are currently being reviewed. Stay tuned for our winner to be announced soon!

November 2015
Racial Justice Scholarship and Activism after Tufts

Friday, November 20, 2015
2 - 7:30 p.m.
Breed Memorial (51 Winthrop St)

A symposium sponsored by the Africana Studies program (AFR), the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD), and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD), with support from the AS&E Diversity Fund.

October 2015
Provost's Diversity Reception For All Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
6:30 - 8:30pm
Alumnae Lounge

Provost David Harris invites you to an evening of music, fun, and fellowship. Learn about the Multi Ethnic Graduate Alliance (MEGA) and enjoy international keyboardist João Noguiera. Provost David Harris and Chief Diversity Officer Mark Brimhall-Vargas will make opening remarks. Faculty and Staff welcome!

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Academic Year 2014-2015

May 2015
Stole Ceremony and Senior Reception

Friday May 15, 2015, 5 pm, Distler Hall

February 2015
Spring 2015 Art Exhibit

Art exhibit by Nanayaa Owusuaa-Prempeh

December 2014

Break the Stage 2014

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New Student Art on display at the Africana Center Gallery

Elisa Cabral, c/o 2019

November 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 16, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Remis Sculpture Court
Join us for an evening of food, fellowship, and fun as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday!

Next Steps: A Professional Development Series

The Africana Center presents to you, Next Steps - a series of events, throughout November, that will equip you with the tools you need to move forward in your career development. Don't miss these opportunities!

Summer Internship Funding

Wednesday, November 12,12 - 1 p.m., Asian American Center

Donna Esposito, Senior Associate Director, Tufts Career Center, will provide info on available grants and the application process for students seeking funding for unpaid summer internships. Up to $3,500 is available per grant! Come and learn about this summer funding opportunity!

Diversity Networking Night

Monday, November 17
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Dowling 745 

Learn how to network and make a good first impression at this Diversity Networking Night. The first part of the event will offer tips and time to practice with alumni, followed by a networking reception. Meet Tufts alumni who can offer advice and guidance in your career pursuits. A raffle including Visa gift cards for interview attire and padfolios will be ongoing throughout the evening! Must be present to win.

Co-Sponsored by the Tufts Career Center, Tufts Alumni Association, Africana, Asian American & Latino Centers.

Dining with Confidence: A Business Etiquette Lunch for Seniors

Friday, November 21, 12 - 2 p.m., Chase Center

Dining etiquette can be critical to career and job search success! Employers want to see you in social situations to observe how you will conduct yourself with clients, colleagues, and managers. Learn to negotiate a four-course meal while maintaining your professional presence. You'll have fun and increase your self-confidence as we walk you through every aspect of a business meal, from soup to small talk. Space is limited.

Purchase tickets here or at the Career Center in Dowling Suite 740, between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday. Cost $10* (includes a 4-course meal). The event is sponsored by the Career Center, Tufts Alumni Association, the Africana Center, and Dining Services. *(If the cost prohibits your attendance, please email Tyren.Freeman@tufts.edu for a fee waiver.)

October 2014

The Consortium of the Study of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora presents: Inaugural workshop

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge, Tufts University

September 2014
Graduate Student Welcome

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Africana Center

The Africana Center is hosting a Graduate Student Welcome! This event will provide graduate students of African descent the opportunity to meet, connect, and network with fellow graduate students of African descent across departments. In addition, students will learn more about graduate student organizations. Light refreshments will be served.

The Consortium of the Study of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora presents: A Musical Performance

Celebrating the Contemporary Relevance of Décimas and Connecting Décimas, Jíbaro Music, Boleros, Palos and Bachata

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12 - 1:15 p.m.
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center
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The Consortium of the Study of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora presents: A Lecture: The Socio-Sonic Circuitry of Afro-Latino Music in the Caribbean: From Bomba, Son Jarocho and the Palos to Hip-Hop and Reggaeton

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 5 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge; reception to follow at 6:30 p.m.
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Homecoming Festivities:

Essence Networking Event

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6 p.m.
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room

Join Alumnae and Essence for and evening of networking!
RSVP

Football game: Jumbos vs. Bates College

Saturday, September 27, 2014, Kickoff at 1:00pm
Tufts University Ellis Oval/ Zimman Field

Essence Concert

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium, Aidekman Center

Come to hear the lovely Ladies of Essence and Alumnae in concert as they present "TWENTY: Two Decades of Sisterhood, Soul, and Song."
Tickets Available at Cohen Box Office: $5 for Students, $7 for Faculty/Staff/Alum, and $10 for General Public

Hymns 2.0 Gospel concert

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3 p.m.
Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center

The Tufts University Music Department presents David Coleman and his contemporary gospel choir Confirmation in an afternoon concert of high energy and spirit-filled song!

Academic Year 2013 - 14

May 2014
Africana Center Senior Reception and Stole Ceremony 2014

The Africana Center and the Stole Committee will host the Annual Senior Reception and Stole Ceremony for the Class of 2014. This annual Rites of Passage ceremony provides an intimate setting for family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students to recognize the culture and accomplishments of the graduates while embracing their new role as Tufts alumni.

Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Distler Performance Hall
Live simulcast! (Streaming becomes available 5-15 minutes prior to the event start time.)

Key Note Speaker: Ms. Ursula Griffiths-Randolph (Script)
Class Speaker: Lori-Ann Clementson (Script)

For more information and updates about the events, please contact africana@tufts.edu.

April 2014
First Tuesday Event: Fight Club

Brought to you from the underground of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Aggie Pride!), The fight club is an open space where students and faculty alike can let down their guard and discuss subversive and radical ideals through dialogue and argumentation.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge

Africana Center Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Remis Sculpture Court

New Gallery Launched: Monochrome Photography by Sarah Duarte

The Africana Center's Gallery is now featuring monochrome photography by Sarah Duarte, a senior student. She spent the summer of 2013 in Cape Verde, the birth place of both of her parents, for the purpose of learning about her roots and working on her photography portfolio. This collection is a small excerpt of some of the work that came from her trip.

Watch the Message From the Artist

Please stop by the Gallery (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to check out her pieces currently on exhibit. For information on guidelines and exhibiting at the Africana Center, please contact Director Katrina Moore.

Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award 2014

The Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award acknowledges an effort to create a collegiate environment where the contributions of people of African descent are not only recognized but celebrated. This award is presented by the Africana Center bi-annually to an A&S&E faculty or staff member.
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Africana Center Book Sign-Out

The Africana Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Book Sign-Out program. This is a new system that will allow students to sign out books from our collection for up to one week through the Africana Center front desk.

The Book Sign-Out program seeks to provide students with alternate reading sources and supplementary course references. Books in the collection include a variety of reference/academic texts and leisure pieces. All books in the Center available for student use have been catalogued, and are listed on our LibraryThing page. Students may view the Africana Center's book inventory on our LibraryThing page, and stop by the Center at 8 Professors Row to sign out a book to borrow or read while in the building. Please note that this page will display all books listed in inventory at the Center, and may not necessarily reflect the books available for sign-out at that time.

Upon borrowing a book, students will be required to fill out a sign-out sheet agreeing to return the borrowed item in the same condition within one week from the checkout date. In the event that a student fails to return a book or returns a damaged book, the student will be asked to replace the item and/or may no longer be allowed to participate in the Book Sign-Out program.

The Africana Center book inventory is continuing to grow. We welcome book donations from the community. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation.

March 2014
BWC Presents: Notes on a SCANDAL

Thursdays, March 6, March 13, and March 27, 2014, 9 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge

BWC Weekly Meetings

Sundays, March 2, March 9, and March 30, 2014, 2 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge

Celebrating Women's History Month - First Tuesday Presents: The Esthetic of Black Women in the Media: Who Are We Portrayed?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge


New Africana Center Gallery Launched

The Africana Center's Gallery is featuring various portraits by Goodness "Jane" Olayiwola, a senior student. Her work is inspired by people, her imagination and, her observations. Her favorite subject matter is portraiture, often of women. Her drawings are often studies of portraiture of people with strong character, while her paintings are a combination of her imagination, social commentary on her everyday realities like hair politics, and women's role in the world.

Learn more about her work!

Please stop by the Gallery (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) to check out her pieces currently on exhibit. For information on guidelines and exhibiting at the Africana Center, please contact Director Katrina Moore.

Africana Center now accepting peer advisor applications

The Africana Center is now accepting applications for ten Peer Advisor positions for the fall and spring year of 2014-2015 until March 3, 2014 at 5:00PM. Ten applicants will be selected to fill these positions and three additional applicants will be selected to serve as alternates.

Africana Center peer advisors assume three major responsibilities: (1) playing a critical role as facilitators, small group leaders and role models in all Africana Center programming; (2) helping plan and provide programming for the first year class throughout the academic year, as needed; and (3) helping advise and assist the Africana Center and other communities at Tufts in its work with people of African descent and other people of color. Other aspects of your role as a Peer Advisor include collaborative efforts with other Tufts centers, cultural houses, selected offices, programs and organizations both on and off-campus.

Applications are due Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5 p.m.

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February 2014
Visit Africana Center Gallery! We have a new exhibition by Sosena Bekele (A' 17)

The Africana Center Gallery periodically exhibits artwork by Tufts students. If any students are interested in showing their work, please contact Director Katrina Moore.

The Africana Center will celebrate Black History Month 2014 with the theme: "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: History, Legacy, Future"

Film Screening - Student Roundtable Discussion "A Time for Justice: America's Civil Rights Movement"

Wednesday, February 5, 6 p.m.
Africana Center

Academy Award-winner for Short Documentary 1995. In A Time for Justice, Charles Guggenheim captured the spirit of the civil rights movement through historical footage and the voices of those who participated in the struggle. Discussion in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD).

First Tuesday and AGAPE Ministry: Circle of Love

Tuesday, February 11, 6 p.m.
Africana Center

What is love? Come out as we discuss the different types, languages, and expressions of love particularly in the Africana community. Through music, poetry, art, and performance, we will explore the meaning of L.O.V.E.

Tufts Black Student Union Presents Rhythm and Voices

Thursday, February 13, 9 p.m.
Hotung Café

An evening of music and spoken word.

Caribbean History is Black History

Wednesday, February 19, 9 p.m.
Africana Center

Tufts Caribbean Club is executing a photography project titled "Caribbean History is Black History" to give students of the Caribbean Diaspora a chance to express their national pride and tie it back to blackness in America. Join us for a discussion and student reflections of what it means to be Caribbean in America and why Caribbean History is Black History.

Dinner with a Movie: "Four Little Girls"

Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Women's Center

The Spike Lee documentary film "Four little girls" tells the story of the murder of four African-American girls in a church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama 50 years ago. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sabina Vaught, Professor of Education. All are welcome.

The event is sponsored by the Women's Center.

"Violence, Silence, and Absence" Panel Discussion

Friday, February 21, 6 p.m.
Braker 001

Panelists:  Adlai Murdoch, Stephan Pennington, Monica Ndounou, Peniel Joseph, Jameelah Morris A'13 (Moderator).

The U.S. has always been plagued with a series of violent crimes that erased, disenfranchised, incarcerated and killed Black bodies, the events of 2013 gained the attention of mainstream media in a new and interesting way. While we may have watched it on the news or read it on our feeds, the response was often snuffed out within days. What needs to happen in our communities to reignite the fire and drive to demand real change?

Tufts and New England Conservatory of Music - Ghanian Music - Choral Dr. Ephraim Amu & Notation based Music in Africa - A Symposium and Festival

Friday and Saturday, February 21 - 22

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BWC Event: "Notes on a SCANDAL"

Thursday, February 27, 8:30 p.m.
Africana Center

You've got questions but does Olivia Pope really have all of the answers? Join BWC at 8:30pm on February 27th to talk about the cultural effects of Scandal on the perception of black women in America. After our conversation enjoy Scandal themed desserts as we watch the season premiere! Hope to see you there and be prepared for this to be a running program throughout the semester with conversations facilitated and guided by students!

BMG End of Black History Month Celebration

Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Balch Arena

Black Men's Group will be celebrating achievements made in the community over the past year and honoring the lives of those that have passed. Several students have prepared pieces to share and renowned poet Aja Monet will be performing some of her thought-provoking spoken word. Last year's event filled to capacity so you don't want to miss out!

January 2014
MLK Celebration v.1: The Road To Freedom and Justice

Thursday, January 23, 6 p.m.
Goddard Chapel

MLK Celebration v.1: Martin & Music

Tuesday, January 28, 4:30 p.m.
Goddard Chapel

December 2013
New Africana Center Gallery Launched

The staff of the Africana Center is pleased to announce the opening of the Gallery at the Center.

Our first exhibitor is Rashad Davis, Class of 2013, who is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Chinese. On his work: "I am inspired largely by life and experience, but in a much more specific sense by culture. I was drawn to create these pieces, from various African cultures and their dearth of representation in the fantasy/sci-fi realm."

Please stop by the Gallery (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) where you can read more of Rashad's bio and check out his pieces currently on exhibit. For information on guidelines and exhibiting at the Africana Center, contact Director Katrina Moore.
In Memory of Chinua Achebe


First Tuesday: Study Break - Time Management/Study Tips for Finals!

Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge

Winter Clothing Drive

Presented by The DSTinguished Women of the Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Until December 6
Collection Box at Africana Center

Kwanzaa Celebration

Monday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge

Study Break with Africana Center – Chair massages and some chicken and waffles!

Tuesday, December 10, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Africana Center

November 2013
Date
Time
Event Location
Nov 2 TBD National Race Amity Conference Norwood MA
Nov 4 TBD First Tuesday event TBD
Nov 4 TBD Black Solidarity Day OCL Patio
Nov 5 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Roxbury Open Studios Roxbury
Nov 5 8 - 9 p.m. Many Rivers to Cross - Into the Fire (1861– 1896) Africana Center
Nov 9 7 p.m. Break the Stage Competition Cohen Auditorium
Nov 12 8 - 9 p.m. Many Rivers to Cross - Making a Way Out of No Way (1897 - 1940) Africana Center
Nov 17 TBD YSY Tier 2  
Nov 17 TBD Thanksgiving Dinner Africana Center
Nov 19 TBD Diversity Networking Night Dowling
Nov 19 8 - 9 p.m. Many Rivers to Cross - Rise! (1940 – 1968) Africana Center
Nov 19 TBD Dining with Confidence Luncheon TBD
Nov 23 TBD Black Girls Dangerous  
Nov 26 8 - 9 p.m. Many Rivers to Cross - It's Nation Time (1968 - 2013) PBS Stations
September 2013
Uncovering Bias: How We Think and Act in Diverse Settings

Presented by Professors Sam Sommers and Keith Maddox
Monday, Sept 23rd, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Goddard Chapel
In the book "Whistling Vivaldi," social psychologist Claude Steele reviews decades of research exploring how stereotypes affect social perception and judgment. Based on the conclusions of this research, social psychologists Keith Maddox and Sam Sommers describe the opportunities and challenges associated with working and living in diverse university environments. In this interactive lecture, they demonstrate the ways in which implicit and explicit biases can impact our judgments of others as well as ourselves. Equipped with this knowledge, participants will leave with specific guidelines for successfully navigating diverse settings in ways that benefit all.
Race, Poverty, and Policy in the U.S.: Higher Ed and Beyond

A Conversation with Provost David Harris

Wednesday, Sept 25th, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Dowling 745 A and B
Some students are passionate about advancing social justice causes, while others believe that attempts to address structural impediments are misguided. Before taking a position on social policies, it is useful to first explore fundamental questions about why some achieve economic self-sufficiency, and others struggle to make ends meet. Drawing on his research, research by others, and his experience as a senior academic administrator and as a senior policy official in the Obama Administration, Provost David Harris will lead a discussion about how race and class affect success in higher education, labor markets, and access to other keys to economic self-sufficiency.

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Academic Year 2012 - 13

May 2013

May 2013: Graduation Events

The Africana Center invites 2013 graduates and their families join us at the following two events:

The Annual Stole Ceremony/Black Graduation

Friday, May 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Barnum 008

The Africana Center and the Stole Committee will host the Annual Senior Reception and Stole Ceremony for the class of 2013, family and friends. We invite graduates to join in this momentous occasion as we celebrate your academic achievements and accomplishments. You will be presented with a Stole at the ceremony.
This is a Cap and Gown event.
See a Transcript of Black Graduation Student Keynote

Senior Toast

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Africana Center

In recognition of the academic achievements of the Class of 2013, the Africana Center will host a celebratory toast in honor of you, the graduates, and your families, following Phase 1 and Phase II of commencement at the Africana Center.

March 2013
2012-2013 Tufts Africana Center Awards

Friday, March 29, 2013

Emerging Black Leaders Symposium

Tufts University Emerging Black Leaders' Symposium 2013
"Matters of the Body: A Cross Section of Gender, Sexuality, Race and Power"

Emerging Black Leaders would like to personally invite you to the ninth annual symposium in Cabot Auditorium on Saturday, March 9th, 2013. We will discuss gender politics in terms of how individuals, institutions and social processes are simultaneously embodied and gendered. The discussion will be an in-depth exploration of how contemporary and historical body politics shapes the communities around us and how different bodies are perceived, valued and controlled. This symposium will cover the body as the container and expression of the self, as the target of shifting race, gender, class and sexual meanings and struggles.

Our Black Future: Black History Month Closing Celebration

Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge

February 2013

Black History Month

Cooking Up Justice: Eat, Cook, Love

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Africana Center

Eat to Live, Live to Eat: Cultural Consciousness of Culinary Customs

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Granoff 155

Africana Center Zumba Party

Friday, February 8 at 6 p.m.
Tisch Fitness Center Multi-Purpose Room

Art Gallery Presentation by Justin Roberts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Africana Center

Tracy K. Smith Poetry Reading and Book Signing

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

Dr. Joy James Presentation

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Braker 001

Academic and Personal Effectiveness Workshop

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 9 p.m.
Metcalf Lounge

AGAPE Open Mic Night: Love Heals the Soul

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Hotung Cafe

January 2013
Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Leadership and Social Justice

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left a legacy of non-violent resistance in advocating for social change. He studied many different leadership styles and tactics, and his work has helped to cement the foundational beliefs of many social movements that came after him. This year's celebration will focus on different leadership models used in fights for justice not just in the United States, but around the world. The program will examine how King influenced his contemporaries and future movements in other parts of the globe. Attention will also be given to contemporary movements and struggles, thinking reflectively and critically about the effectiveness of King's strategies and current strategies being employed.

Speakers will be a mix of students, faculty, and staff, and the program will also include performances by several Tufts groups to remind us of the importance of the arts in the building and strengthening of communities, coalitions, and morale.

December 2012
An Evening of Relaxation

Tuesday, December 11, 2012. 4 - 6 p.m.
Come enjoy a study break snack and massage chairs! Sign-up in the Africana Center lounge.

Tutoring Drop-in

Writing tutoring Fall 2012 Schedule (Sept. 17 – Dec. 13)
Africana Center: Mondays 6 - 8 p.m.
Women's Center: Wednesdays 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Tisch Library: Sunday-Thursday 6 - 9 p.m.

No appointment necessary! Just bring your papers, books, and notes, and a tutor will work with you! All students welcome: any class, any major, any writing project.

Need more time with a writing consultant or subject tutor? Sign up for an appointment! Visit the Academic Resource Center for more info, or look for Tutor Finder on Webcenter.

Find Subject Tutoring Times

November 2012
Africana Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2012, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Remis Sculpture Court

Join the Africana Center for our annual Thanksgiving dinner!

Register Online!

October 2012

A Brand that Stands: Building your personal brand for success: A Workshop with Monica Cost

Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Granoff Music Center

Registration is required for this event - space is limited.

View the Event Flyer

Africana Center Mixer

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Africana Center
Light refreshments served

A mixer for first year and returning students. Stop by to greet each other and meet the class of 2016.

September 2012
"A Look Within" Series presents: Town Meeting with Tufts Provost David Harris

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Pearson 104

What is the Office of the Provost?: The Office is responsible for setting institutional and budgetary priorities that advance the University's mission. The Office is also responsible for the library system, international and industry collaborations, and the ten Boards of Advisors.

Who is the Tufts Provost?: David R. Harris became Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University on July 1. Prior to joining Tufts, he was Senior Associate Dean at Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Obama Administration. Dr. Harris is an expert on public policy, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. He holds a B.S. in human development and social policy and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.

Presented by the Office of Intercultural and Social Identities Programs (ISIP)

Download the Event Flyer

Kate Bornstein: World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity

Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium

Kate Bornstein is a world renowned transgender activist, author, playwright, performance artist, blogger and educator who focuses on issues of gender and sexuality. In this lecture, Bornstein uses gender and sexuality to examine the mechanics of oppression and the cultural structures that hold them in place.

Free tickets will be available beginning Sept. 10 at the Mayer Campus Center Info Booth.

Presented by the Social Justice Leadership Initiative (SJLI). Funding from the AS&E Diversity Fund. Co-Sponsored by the Africana Center, Asian American Center, International Center, Latino Center, LGBT Center, Women's Center, Dean of Students Affairs Office, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students Office, ISIP, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Office of Residential Life and Learning, and the Office for Campus Life.

For more information contact SJLI co-chairs:
Tom Bourdon
Jane Etish-Andrews

View the Event Flyer

World Damba Festival 2012 @ Tufts: A Celebration of the Peoples and Cultures of Northern Ghana

September 14-16, 2012
Granoff Music Center

Sponsored by the Tufts Department of Music.

Fall 2012 Orientation events

Open House/Matriculation Day

August 29, 2012, 3 - 4 p.m.
The Africana Center

A meet-and-greet for students and their families with light refreshments

Sundaes and Schedules

August 30, 2012, 11 p.m.
The Africana Center

Africana Peer Advisors will help incoming students with course scheduling and answer questions over ice cream sundaes. Please bring your laptop if possible.

Annual Welcome Barbeque

September 4, 2012, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Africana Center

Please join staff, faculty, and new and returning members of the community at the annual welcome barbeque.

Cape Cod Orientation Retreat

September 15-16, 2012
Meet at the Center at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday to depart for this overnight retreat for first year students. We will return to campus on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Please return your registration form to sign up by August 31, 2012.

Academic Year 2011 - 12

May 2012

Graduation events

The Africana Center invites 2012 graduates and their families join us at the following two events:

The Annual Stole Ceremony/Black Graduation

Friday, May 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Barnum 008

The Africana Center and the Stole Committee will host the Annual Senior Reception and Stole Ceremony for the class of 2012, family and friends. We invite graduates to join in this momentous occasion as we celebrate your academic achievements and accomplishments. You will be presented with a Stole at the ceremony.

This is a Cap and Gown event.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 14 to Denise Phillips.

Senior Toast

Sunday, May 20, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
Africana Center

In recognition of the academic achievements of the Class of 2012, the Africana Center will host a celebratory toast in honor of you, the graduates, and your families, following Phase 1 and Phase II of commencement at the Africana Center.

(For more information on Tufts University Phase I and Phase II commencement exercises taking place on May 20, click here.)

April 2012
"African American Studies for Post-Race Universities"

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Barnum 008

Lecture by:
Michele Elam, Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Literature, Stanford University

Africa and the New World (ANW) Presentations and Celebration

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge

Course project presentations by students in the Africa and the New World minor.

Students presentations by:

  • Sagine Cariolan - "Reflections on the Haitian Migrant Experience seen through the writings of Haitian author, Edwige Danticat"
  • Aisha Farley - "Petroleum Industries of Ghana and Nigeria: Economic Development and Environmental Issues"
  • Kristen Johnson, Playwright/Director - "High Yellow Blue Black Birds" Discussion & Analysis
  • Jessica Kulig - "Environmental Issues in Ghana's Gold Mining Industry"
  • Danielle Townsend - "Maternal and Child Health on Pemba Island, Tanzania"

*All are welcome to attend.

Tufts Bare Bodkin Presents: High Yellow, Blue Black Birds

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Two shows - 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Barnum 008

High-Yellow, Blue-Black Birds is the poetic expression of a young black woman's journey to reconcile the harsh reality of life in Baltimore, by weaving through moments of memory, experience and fantasy within the Black Diaspora.

Written in black dialect and underlain by poetic monologues, the play offers a glimpse into the dynamism of the human experience in general and into one story of the urban experience in Baltimore, in particular.

The play is written and directed by Tufts senior Kristen Johnson.

March 2012
Emerging Black Leaders 8th Annual Symposium

Saturday, March 31, 2012
"A Dream Unfulfilled: The Myth of Meritocracy"
Cabot Auditorium


News Archives

Africana Center now accepting peer advisor applications

The Africana Center is now accepting applications for ten Peer Advisor positions for the fall and spring year of 2012-2013 until March 19, 2012 at 5 p.m. Ten applicants will be selected to fill these positions and three additional applicants will be selected to serve as alternates.

Africana Center peer advisors assume three major responsibilities: (1) they play a critical role as facilitators, small group leaders and role models in all Africana Center Freshman Orientation programming; (2) they help to plan and provide follow-up programming for the first year class throughout the academic year, as needed; and (3) they help to advise and assist the Africana Center and other communities at Tufts in its work with people of African descent and other people of color. Other aspects of your role as a Peer Advisor will include collaborative efforts with other Tufts centers and culture houses, and selected offices, programs and organizations on and off-campus.

Applications are due March 19, 2012 at 5 p.m.

February 2012

Black History Month

The 2nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflections Contest

The MLK Reflections Contest invites you to develop a well thought out essay, poem, spoken word or video that draws on a quote and responds to a posed question. Your submission should demonstrate a careful analysis, synthesis and evaluation of Dr. King's poignant words.

Submissions are due February 3, 2012. The First Prize winner will have the opportunity to read their reflection at The Africana Center Black History Month closing event on February 24, 2012. First ($250), Second ($150) and Third ($100) Prizes will be awarded.

View the contest flier for this year's selected quote, essay question, and submission guidelines and instructions.

Africana Center Welcome Event

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3 - 5 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge
Please stop by to welcome each other back from winter break. Give a special welcome back to study abroad students returning to campus, who will have the opportunity to speak about their experiences. Meet and greet with John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, who began his position in December. Refreshments served.

January 2012
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Event

Monday, January 30, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge
We invite you to explore, reflect, and share your thoughts on the socioeconomic views of Dr. King, his influences, and his civil rights contemporaries in an interactive program.

View the Event Flyer

Capen Housing Application 2012-2013

Interested in living in Capen House?
Capen House is a special interest dormitory for Africana Diaspora Culture. Capen has been set up for students with an interest in the culture and history of the people of the African Diaspora. This interest is explored through the completion of a series of required projects and programs undertaken by residents.

Review and submit the application, which is due Monday, January 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.

December 2011
Study Break at the Africana Center – chair massages, chicken n'waffles

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 3 - 7 p.m.
Africana Center
Stop by and de-stress. Sign up for a free chair massage from 3 - 6 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Tufts Health and Wellness Services

Kwanzaa Celebration

Friday, December 9, 6 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge
Dinner served following program. 
For details on the history and significance of Kwanzaa, please visit the Official Kwanzaa Website at http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org.

View the Event Flyer

Afro-Latino Forum: A Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, December 1, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Raab Room, Lincoln Filene Center
Please join us in a conversation focused on the history, culture, and political agency of Afro-latin@s in the United States, with guest speakers Juan Flores and Miriam Jimenez Román, editors of The Afro-Latino Reader and contributing author James Jennings, Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, Tufts University.
Light buffet dinner to follow.

Sponsored by the AS&E Diversity Fund, Latino Studies Program, Latino Center, Africa in the New World, Africana Center, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Anthropology.

November 2011
"Perspectives on Health Pertaining to Childbirth in the Eastern Region of Ghana"

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Africana Center Lounge
A presentation by senior Akua Abrah on her experiences doing field work in Osiem, a rural town in the Eastern region of Ghana in the summers of 2011 and 2010. Akua Abrah will present her research and field work as she is in the process of developing her thesis. Childbirth and women's health will be among topics in her presentation.

Internship Grant Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 12 - 1 p.m.
Asian American Center
Interested in finding a great summer internship, and getting paid for it, too?
Come to the Asian American Center for a workshop run by Donna Esposito, Sr. Associate Director of Tufts Career Services. Learn about the Career Services Summer Internship Grant Program, and the many resources available to you for finding a summer internship!

Co-sponsored by the Asian-American, Africana, Latino, LGBT, Women's and International Centers & Tufts Career Services.

September 2011
Tufts Social Justice Leadership Initiative Presents: DR. MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium, Aidekman Arts Center
"From Michelle Bachmann to Michelle Obama: Gender, Difference, and Power"

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Academic Year 2010 - 11

April 2011
2010-2011 Tufts Africana Center Awards

Presented on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Gerald Gill Memorial Lecture Series: "History from the Trenches: Re-Reading Gerald Gill in our Current State of War"

Monday, April 11, 2011, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goddard Chapel

Africana Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6 p.m.
Location: Remis Sculpture Court

Envy: Tufts All-Female Step Team Tryouts!

Monday and Wednesday, April 4 and 6, 2011, 9:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Location: Cohen Auditorium Lobby
Please wear athletic attire

Rock the Boat, PAA Annual Semi-Formal

Semi-Formal Dress and college ID Required
Saturday April 2, 2011, 11 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

* All Buses leave Tufts at 10:30pm
Location: Spirit Line Cruises Boston
Tickets ($15) available until 4/2/11 at noon at the Campus Center

Off-Campus Students:
Buy Your Tickets here: http://paasemiformal.eventbrite.com/
Co-sponsored by ASO, ALAS, and the Caribbean Club

Africana Peer Advisors Bowling Night with Freshman

Friday April 1, 2011, 9 - 11 p.m.
Location: Sacco's in Davis Square
Cost: $2 for Bowling Shoes

March 2011

Emerging Black Leaders
Prepping for the Penitentiary: An Exploration of the School to Prison Pipeline"

On March 12, 2011 the Emerging Black Leaders (EBL) hosted their annual spring symposium, which attracted area youth, scholars, students, and professionals to Tufts University. The planning committee chose a symposium theme that is salient as a complex social issue and as an emerging body of critical scholarship.

Emerging Black Leaders' Committed to Spreading Awareness of the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Successfully organized an event to educate and empower youth at the 7th Annual Emerging Black Leaders Symposium at Tufts University

"Prepping for the Penitentiary: An Exploration of the School to Prison Pipeline"

On March 12, 2011 the Emerging Black Leaders (EBL) hosted their annual spring symposium, which attracted area youth, scholars, students, and professionals to Tufts University. The planning committee chose a symposium theme that is salient as a complex social issue and as an emerging body of critical scholarship.

The Africana Center Announces the Winners of the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations Essay Contest:
  • 1st Prize, Alllister Chang
  • 2nd Prize, Gabrielle Raymond
  • 3rd Prize, Groom Dinkneh
Tufts Africana Center Launches Campus Events Newsletter "The Scoop" encompassing campus events 

To get your event into the newsletter please email the event information and flyer to africanacenterdropbox@gmail.com  ASAP (at least 1 week prior to the event).

We would like to welcome our new staff:

Jennifer Cannada, Facilitator of Black Women's Collective and Lauren Branche, Africana Center Graduate Assistant, Marketing and Communications

African Divas: Paintings by Margaret Rose Vendryes

Exhibit open Date: March 2 - March 31, 2011
Public Opening Reception: March 4, 2011

Talk with the artist 6 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge
Reception and viewing of the exhibit to follow until 8:00pm
Special Walk Through of Exhibit with
Africana Center Director Katrina Moore
Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Time: 1:00 -3:00 pm
Location: Slater Concourse Gallery

Diversity Career Networking Night

Pre-registration required by Friday, March 11 at 12 p.m.
Date: Monday, March 14, 2011

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon Hall

Apply to be an Africana Center Peer Advisor

Deadline: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Location: Africana Center or email to Denise.phillips@tufts.edu

Emerging Black Leaders Annual Symposium
"Prepping for the Penitentiary: An Exploration of the School to Prison Pipeline"

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011
9 a.m. (Registration) - 4 p.m.
Location: Distler Auditorium

AfricaFest

Saturday, March 12, 2011, All day
Location: Granoff Music Center

Issue As Muse

Saturday, March 12, 2011
6:30 p.m. - Non-Profit Fair
8:30 p.m. - Show

Location: Cohen Auditorium
Ticket Price: $3 w/ID

Tufts MAPS

Community Service Trip to The Greater Boston Food Bank
Friday, March 11, 2011, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Limited spaces. For more details and to reserve a spot email lauren.branche@tufts.edu

Trip to the Museum of Science

Race: Are We So Different?
Friday, March 11, 2011, 1- 5 p.m.

Leaving from campus center at 1pm
Tickets available at campus center ticket booth


Tufts Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS)

Volunteer Information Session
Wednesday, March 9, 2011,12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Anderson 208

Panel Discussion

International Women's Day Celebration
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Art Center

Black Women's Collective Meeting

Topic: "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women
of Color in Science and Engineering"
Faculty guest speakers
Sunday, March 6, 2011, 4 - 5pm
Location: Africana Center Lounge

February 2011

View the Black History Month Calendar

Black Women's Collective Meeting

Topic: Soul Cuisine Cooking Lesson
Sunday, February 27, 2011, 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: Africana Center Kitchen

Dining with Confidence

Friday, February 25, 2011, 12 - 2 p.m.
Location: Chase Center
Seats are limited - Tickets ($10/person) will go on sale on February 1, and can be purchased at Career Services between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday
Registration Deadline, February 16
*Please contact Kristin.snyder@tufts.edu if the registration cost prohibits your attendance.

Black History Month Film Series

Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Location: Olin Hall Room 011
List of Films:
February 17, 2011: Within our Gates
February 24, 2011: Once upon a time...When We Were Colored
March3, 2011: The Language You Cry In
View the Wvent Flyer

Join the Honus Civicus Society

Information Sessions:
Wednesday, February 9
Thursday, February 17
Friday, February 25

All sessions are from 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Tisch College, Lincoln Filene Hall, Lower Conference Room

Hank Willis Thomas Visit

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

Apply for Tisch Summer Scholarship

Deadlines: International- February 7, 2011
Project PERIS Somerville – February 14th

Location: For more details visit http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/ACS

Thinking While Black: A Pedagogical Imperative from Africana Studies

Dr. Lewis Gordon Talks About Race
Thursday, February 3, 2011, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Granoff Music Center, Varis Lecture Hall (Room 155)

January 2011

MLK Reflections Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED: January 7th, 2010
Time: 5:00pm
Submit to: africana@gmail.com

Department of Energy Scholars Program (DOE)

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2011
Visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars for more information, or to apply
Deadline: January 31, 2011

Archdiocesan Black Catholic Choir Performance

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 3 p.m.
Location: Goddard Chapel

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Monday, January 31, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Goddard Chapel

December 2010

Waffle Topping Study Break Event

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Africana Center

Free Burgers and Massages

Monday, December 13, 2010
Burgers 2 - 7 p.m.; Massages 4 - 7 p.m.
Location: Africana Center

Community Conversation

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
7 p.m.
Location: Lane 100

KWANZAA Celebration

Friday, December 3, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon Hall

November 2010
Meet the Provost Jamshed Bharucha and Associate Provost Dawn Terkla

Monday, November 1, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Location: Capen House

As Provost and Senior Vice President, Jamshed Bharucha is the Chief Academic Officer of the University overseeing the seven schools, Tisch College and cross-school programs. The Provost is responsible for driving institutional and budgetary priorities. Dr. Bharucha works closely with his academic team of deans and vice and associate provosts to direct and support the intellectual partnership of Tufts’ schools and programs on the three Massachusetts campuses and one in Talloires, France.

As Associate Provost, Dr. Terkla oversees the management of the Office of Institutional Research & Evaluation (OIR&E); provides guidance across the university on issues relating to institutional research, outcomes assessment, and evaluation; works with schools and departments on various initiatives, e.g., strategic planning, outcomes assessment, fact finding, program reviews; serves as the institutional coordinator for selected university-wide initiatives.

We are pleased to invite you to bring your questions and come have a conversation with the Provost and Associate Provost.

Black Solidarity Day

Monday, November 1

Dining with Confidence

Friday, November 5
Registration Deadline: October 22 (Limited Seats)
Cost: $8 at Campus Center
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Chase Center (By Carmichael Parking Lot)

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

Info Session/ Interview Opportunity
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
12 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon
View the Event Flyer

Founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, the IRT provides academic and individualized support to students (juniors, seniors, and graduates) from diverse backgrounds who wish to attain graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, education, and mathematics. IRT participants are individuals who plan to pursue careers in teaching, counseling, and administration at both the K-12 and university levels.

The IRT sponsors two programs. The Summer Workshop is a four week program held on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. IRT interns engage a graduate-level curriculum of critical and cultural theory, prepare for the GRE examination, and work on their statements of purpose. The workshop typically runs during the month of July. Interns are provided with room, board, and a $1200.00 stipend.

The Associate program is geared toward undergraduates and recent graduates who otherwise are engaged in summer research and/or study abroad activities. Participants in both programs are sponsored by the IRT as they apply to graduate schools in a consortium of 41 affiliated universities. The consortium universities waive application fees for IRT applicants.

Applicants to IRT must:

  • major in the humanities, social science, mathematics, or education
  • have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • be juniors or seniors, or graduates
  • consider seriously a teaching, counseling, or administrative career at the K-12 or university level.

IRT is now accepting applications for their 2011 cohort!
Benefits include: (Both Interns & Associates)

  • Individualized support and extensive counseling as you choose your field of graduate study and apply to renowned consortium graduate programs across the country
  • Special reduced rate for GRE preparation course
  • Application fee waivers
  • Assistance fine-tuning statements of purpose
  • Approximately two months saved on completing applications

Applicants to IRT must:

  • be juniors, seniors, or graduates of accredited colleges or universities;
  • major in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, or education;
  • have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and 3.5 GPA or higher if currently or previously enrolled in a master’s program, and;
  • seriously consider a teaching, counseling, or administrative career at the K-12 or university level.
  • Students also may contact IRT with questions or concerns:

via phone, at: 978-749-4113
via e-mail: lgodosolo@andover.edu.
Visit the IRT website at: www.andover.edu/irt

Career Services Summer Internship Grant Program

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Africana Center

INTERESTED IN FINDING A GREAT SUMMER INTERNSHIP & GETTING PAID FOR IT TOO?

Come to the Africana Center on Wednesday, November 10th from 12-1pm. Learn about the Career Services Summer Internship Grant Program, and the many resources available to you for finding a summer internship!

Co-sponsored by the Asian-American, Africana, Latino, LGBT, Womens' and International Centers & Tufts Career Services

RA info Session

Monday, November 15, 2010, 12 p.m.
Location: Africana Center Lounge

Saving the Earth, Saving Humanity: A Lecture on Agriculture, Environment Sustainability and Poverty Alleviation
King Osagyefuo Amoatia Panin Visit

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
We regret to inform you that King Osagyefuo Amoatia Panin Visit and the event "Saving the Earth, Saving Humanity
A Lecture on Agriculture, Environment Sustainability and Poverty Alleviation" has been cancelled.

BWC and BMG host Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 21, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Capen House

Federal Career Internship Program Opportunity

Entry Level Grant Specialist Position Open
Applications Accepted: Tuesday, November 16 – Monday, November 22
Apply at: USA Jobs
Direct Questions to Karen D. Scott, HR Staffing Specialist, 800-433-9633

October 2010
Discussion with Professor Keith Maddox

(Re: Tim Wise Visit)
Friday, October 1, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Large Conference room in Campus center

Black Men's Group (BMG) First Meeting

Friday, October 1, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Capen House

Black Women's Collective (BWC) First Meeting

(Free Facials and Skin Products)
Topic: Beauty is only skin deep… Ugliness is to the bone
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Capen House

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo (Poet and Recording Artist) Performance

Wednesday, October 13
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Tufts In Ghana Informational Pizza Party

Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m.
Location: Dowling Hall Resource Library

Erica Azim, Master of the mbira Presentation

Friday, October 15, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Granoff Music Center
Time: 10:30 a.m. room 155 and 12 p.m. room 85

Tufts MAPS Presents
Diversity in Health Professions: Discovering Different Paths

Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Anderson Hall

Black Women's Collective Second Meeting

Topic: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling-Women in High Places
Sunday, October 17
Time: TBA
Location: Capen House

Apply for Scholars Program

Thursday, October 21 Informational Session, 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center
Applications due: November 1

Internship/Grant Search With Career Services

Wednesday, October 27, 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: Start House

Black Women's Collective Third Meeting

Topic: Pre-Halloween Social w/ MIT Chocolate City boys
Friday, October 29, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Capen House

Black Men's Group Third Meeting

Topic: Video Game Tournament
Friday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Capen House

September 2010
Peer Advisor Training

August 30 – September 3, 2010, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Africana Center

Africana Center Open House

September 1, 2010, 3 – 4 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
This is an opportunity for the Class of 2014 and parents to meet the staff of the Center and find out about the exciting programs and events that we are planning.

Sundaes and Schedules

September 2, 2010, 10 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
The Class of 2014 is invited to meet with their Peer Advisors for help with choosing classes and enjoy ice cream with whipped cream and toppings.

Africana Center Annual Welcome BBQ

September 7, 2010, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Location: Africana Center Lawn
Join us for our annual Welcome Barbeque where the Class of 2014 will be able to meet faculty, administrators and staff as well as new friends and Peer Advisors.

Orientation Retreat

Saturday, September 25 - Sunday, September 26, All day
Location: Cape Cod

Tim Wise Visit

Wednesday, September 29, 7 p.m., Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cohen Auditorium

Academic Year 2009 - 10

May 2010

Commencement 2010

Annual Senior Reception and Stole Ceremony for the class of 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Barnum 08
Keynote Address Entitled: Finding Your Voice: The Keys to Unlocking Your Greatest Potential Delivered by: Charles Holt
Sponsors: Africana Center, Office of Institutional Diversity, ONYX and Tufts Black Alumni Association

Please join us as we celebrate the academic accomplishments of the graduating class of 2010. This year’s theme is Strength, Humility, Wisdom and Learning.

Tufts Black Alumni Association Reception

Saturday, May 22, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Laminen Lounge, Olin Center
Sponsors: Africana Center and Tufts University Office of Alumni Relations

Please join us for a reception to connect with fellow alumni, families, and friends.

Senior Toast, Africana Center

Sunday, May 23, 2010, 11:30 a.m. (Following Phase 1 and 2)
Location: Africana Center

In recognition of the achievements of the class of 2010 the Africana Center will be hosting a reception for graduating students, family and friends following Commencement.

Related Events

2010 Senior Week Events
2010 Commencement Information: Sunday, May 23

News and Announcements

Tufts 1969

Between September 1969 and February 1970, the Civil Rights movement strengthened at Tufts University. Learn more about the implications of protests at Lewis Hall in 1969.

Peer Advisor Program

Download the Application

The Tufts Community is responding to the Haitian Crisis

 

READY TO GO! Senior Year and Career Planning Checklist, 2010.

Download the brochure.

April 2010

For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf

April 16 - 24, 2010

Africana Center Leadership Awards Ceremony

Please join us for the Africana Center's 22nd Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony.
Tuesday April 6, 2010, 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Remis Sculpture Court - Aidekman Arts Center
Dinner will be served.
View the Leadership Award Recipients of 2009-2010

Crossing Borders

Film Screening and Discussion with Director Arnd Wächter
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 5 p.m.
Location: Sophia Gordon Hall

A documentary film about a shared experience between college students from the U.S. and Morocco who confront their views of each other. A frank look at the conflict between Islam and the West.
View th Event Flyer

Co-sponsored by the International Center, the Middle East Coalition, the I-Club, the Baha'i Club, C.A.F.E., Office of University Chaplain, the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Africana Center, The Asian American Center, the Latino Center, the LGBT Center, and the Women’s Center.

My Garden

Lecture with Jamaica Kincaid, award winning author and Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College. Kincaid’s acclaimed literary works include The Autobiography of My Mother, Annie John, My Garden, and Among the Flowers. Q&A and reception to follow.
Thursday, April 15, 2010, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall

Co-Sponsored with Tufts Environmental Institute and the Africana Center.

March 2010
Redefining the Black Consciousness: Who Gets to Tell the Story of the African Diaspora?

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Keynote address by Nikki Giovanni
Registration begins at 9 a.m., First panel at 10 a.m.
Cabot Auditorium
Free admission: suggested donation $5.00
Contact emergingblackleaders@gmail.com for more information.

Barack Obama and the American Democracy

March 5-6, 2010
Two days of panel discussion featuring nationally renowned speakers and scholars, including Callie Crossley, Boyce Watkins, John Stauffer, and Peniel Joseph, who will critically analyze President Barack Obama's first year in office.  Sponsored by the Office of the Provost & the Department of History at Tufts University

Panels: Obama and the Joshua Generation, The Obama Doctrine: American Foreign Policy in an Era of War and Peace

March 5, 2010, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Center for Humanities at Tufts, Fung House, 48 Professor's Row

Panels: Civic Engagement and the Media in the Age of Obama, Hope and Change?: Assessing Obama's Domestic Policies, What Barack Obama means for American Democracy

March 6, 2010, 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, 2nd floor

Book Reading – Tiphanie Yanique

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 6 p.m.
View the Event Flyer

February 2010

Tufts' Black History Month Events

Trivia Night

February 6, 2010, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Africana Center
eventsGamenight"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
Which famous author said these words?
Want to find out the answer to this question and more?
Do you believe you know all there is to know about Black History?
Join the residents of Capen House for a fun night of games catered to Black History trivia!
There will be Pictionary, Charades, Taboo, and more!

Expressions of Haiti

February 6, 2010, 9 p.m.
Hotung Café
Sponsored by PAA
Join the Tufts community in sharing their personal testimonies, experiences, and reflections on the recent tragedy in Haiti. The night will include poetry, music, and an open mic encouraging spontaneous, spiritual healing. There will be a bake sale and we will be accepting donations.

Lisa Coleman's Farewell

February 10, 2010, 4 p.m.
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall
Join the Tufts community in saying farewell to Dr. Lisa Coleman as she moves on to pursue other academic opportunities. She served Arts, Sciences & Engineering with great distinction as Director of the Africana Center for seven years. When Tufts decided to establish a new university-wide Office of Institutional Diversity at the beginning of 2007, she was the right choice to lead our efforts to expand and enhance the diversity of our community. She has overseen the work of a reinvigorated Office of Equal Opportunity, launched new programmatic initiatives, and established strong ties between diversity programs across our Schools and administrative divisions, allowing individual areas to leverage their strengths through collaboration and partnership.

Movie Night

February 11, 2010, 7 p.m.
Capen House/Africana Center
The African Students Organization will be screening the movie Sarafina. The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools.

Evening of Romance

February 12, 2010, 8 p.m.
Hotung Café
Please join the African Students Organization in our annual evening of romance. A night of love, passion, and celebration of the arts. There will be poems, singing and plenty of food! A suggested donation of $2 will go to a Haiti Relief effort.

To Haiti with Love: A Benefit Concert from Tufts

February 14, 2010, 1 p.m.
Cohen Auditorium
Tickets $10 (children under twelve $5)
Please join Tufts students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in a fun and diverse concert of music from around the world to benefit relief efforts in Haiti. Performers will include student soloists, bands, a cappella groups, faculty members from the Department of Music, and special guests. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Edith Auner, Coordinator of Applied Music and Outreach, edith.auner@tufts.edu 617-627-5616.

Sonia Sanchez

February 16, 2010, 5 p.m.
Goddard Chapel
Author, activist, poet Sonia Sanchez will be giving a riveting lecture here at Tufts University. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books including "Shake Loose my Skin" and "Does your House have Lions." She lives in Philadelphia.

Racial Injustice: Is God Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

February 17, 2010, 7 p.m.
Pearson 104
The Veritas Forum is an annual event organized by TCF, in coordination with the Office of the University Chaplain, this year it is co-sponsored by African Student Association Organization and Caribbean Club, we bring speakers on campus to address different social issues each year. This year the Veritas Forum will be on race and religion. Our goal is to investigate the role faith plays in racial reconciliation.  Speaking at the Forum will be Dr. Anne C. Bailey, a social historian in the departments of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton, is dedicated to the study of African American history and African Diaspora Studies. Her research has centered on the history of the Atlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and its worldwide Diaspora.

Movie Night

February 19, 2010, 7 p.m.
Barnum 104
Hosted by Pan African Alliance

40th Anniversary: Celebration Gala

February 20, 2010
Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA

Event Summary

The Africana Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala was a wonderful success. The evening demonstrated that the espoused goals of the Center to be a caring hub that prepares students of African descent for life on Tufts campus, their local community, our country and beyond was clearly evident.

The tone of the evening was set as the 300+ guests arrived and strolled through African art and textiles, a Professor Gerald Gill historical exhibit, and met old and new members of the Tufts family.

The all female step-team Envy ushered the guests into the ballroom with a step show that featured an unbelievable rendition of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. The evening progressed with: the “Power of the Africana Center" video, a gospel medley performance by the Ladies of Essence a capella group, and exciting alumni success stories and the presentation of the Africana Center Leadership Awards. The program ended with an uplifting performance by the Third Day Gospel Choir and then we danced the night away with music from the First Class Band of Boston.

I would like to thank the sponsors and supporters who made the evening so special and helped us to celebrate the foundation and framework that we will build upon to ensure the future success of the Africana Center:

The Tufts Alumni Association, the Tufts Black Alumni Association, and Tufts administration, schools/departments, faculty, alumni and students.

The 40th Anniversary Gala committee
Latoyia Edwards, NECN Morning News Anchor

In Kind Community Supporters: Ullas Flowers and Gifts, The Charles Hotel, Hamill Gallery of Tribal Art, and the Bay State Banner
And, special thanks to Donna Latson Gittens and causemedia, inc.for your generous contribution of time and talent to produce this historic event.

Sincerely,
Katrina Moore, Director

Germaul Barnes
February 24, 2010, 8:00pm
Dance Lab
Sponsored by the Department of Dance

Event Video
Award Recipients
Event Flyer
Student Reflections

"Unlike like many people I wasn't able to visit any college campuses before arriving at Tufts. The black student’s orientation at Cape Cod, sponsored by the Africana Center, is where I met the talented people that drove my creative energies. The people who would later write poetry that made me want to get up and shout my own poems. The Africana Center was, quite literally, my home at Tufts. I lived in the center my sophomore year and the second half of my junior year after returning from my semester abroad in Ghana. Living there helped me synthesize my re-entry experiences from Ghana. I was amongst black students and students interested in black culture. I was able to continue the dialogues I began when in Africa. The African Center lounge was our living room, our meeting hall and our dance floor--a place for intellectual and social development. Whenever I visit Tufts, the Africana Center is the one place I cannot pass up."
Tiphanie Yanique, JA00

"Capen has always been a social haven for me; my little Cheers at the end of Professor’s Row. It stood as a safe space where I knew I could always hear a familiar voice. Though I never was an actual resident, I always felt that Capen was my house as much as, if not more, than anyone else’s. More importantly, if your momma was busy or too far away, you could always find one at the Africana Center."
Carl Onubogu, A09

"The Africana Center is the closest thing you will find to home at Tufts - not just for students of the African Diaspora but for everyone. Being involved in the Center through multiple black organizations, the Center has been a source of guidance and support in helping our black organizations thrive and expand to the greater community. But the Center is much more than a place of resources. It is a home, a place to relax and unburden, a place to study, a place where you can always find a home cooked meal, a place to vent and express feelings, a place of worship, a place to have fun - a home base for our community. It is truly a gem on this campus because it is a place where fellow students become family and a house becomes your second home."
Kristen Johnson, A12

Dining with Confidence

February 26, 2010, 1 p.m.
Chase Dining Hall (Carmichael lower-level)
Business etiquette lunch hosted by Career Services and the Africana Center.

January 2010
Chips, Dip, and Study Tips

Monday, January 25 6 p.m.
Description: Tips for Reading Faster & Remembering Faster
Location: Africana Center

Chips, Dip, NS Study Tips

Tuesday, January 26 6 p.m.
Description: Test-Taking Strategies
Location: Africana Center

Chips, Dip, and Study Tips

Wednesday, January 27 12 p.m.
Description: Tips for Writing Well at Tufts
Location: Africana Center

Chips, Dip, and Study Tips

Friday, January 29 1 p.m.
Description: Time Management Strategies
Location: Dowling Hall library

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in Goddard Chapel
Please join the Tufts Community in remembering the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, will give the keynote address entitled "From Martin Luther King to Barack Obama."
View the Event Flyer

December 2009
For Colored Girls... Information Session/House Party

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 1 - 3 p.m.
Come attend an information session on participating in Professor Monica Ndounou's production of 'For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide' when the Rainbow is Enuf. Meet Professor Monica Ndounou, Director; Joel Laurie Smith, Musical Director; and Mila Thigpen, Drama and Dance Coordinator.

CASTING: 7 Women & Supporting Ensemble (Open to all Interested - musicians/vocalists, dancers, poets/actors, artists, etc.)

If you would like to support the show in other ways contact: monica.ndounou@tufts.edu.

Study Break: Chair Massage, Stress Reduction Workshop

Monday, December 14, 2009 3 - 7 p.m.
Take a study break at the Africana Center! Come to Capen and sign up for a FREE CHAIR MASSAGE! Also, learn some de-stressing techniques and tips from Tufts Health and Wellness staff before finals! Refreshments will be served!

Kwanzaa Dinner and Celebration

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Join The Pan-African Alliance in celebrating Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Karenga in 1966 to honor African culture and heritage.

There will be the traditional candle-lighting, a great soul food dinner, poetry by slam poet Jesse Welch, singing by the ladies of Essence, Live Jazz, and featured musical guest, Balla Toun Kara, International African Musician !

November 2009
30-second Commercial Practice Session

November 16, 2009, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
Co-Sponsored by the Arts, Science & Engineering Diversity Fund

Making a strong first impression is key to a successful interviewing and networking experience. One of the first opportunities to make this impression is often in response to the question "Tell me about yourself."

Don’t miss this opportunity to practice with Boston area Human Resources professionals, Tufts Career Services and Alumni and Staff!

Social Justice 101

November 14, 2009,1 to 5 p.m.
Location: Dowling Hall 745A and B
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

So what is social justice anyway? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore some key concepts which underlie social justice leadership. We’ll discuss how our identities affect our perspectives and experiences, how the dynamics of privilege and oppression play out on campus and in society, how to collaborate across differences, and how to create more inclusive and just organizations and communities. Come see what the new buzz is about!

Pan-African Alliance's Annual Block Solidarity Day

November 2, 2009, 11 - 1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lower Patio
Sponsored by: Pan-African Alliance Board

What is Black Solidarity Day?
Originated in 1969, Black Solidarity Day is an annual event that is held the day before national elections. With the intent of demonstrating the power that African and Black Americans have as a people when they stand unified in solidarity against injustice, the day calls for us to reexamine our ties and alliances to one another and other communities. Marked by the political, social and economic consequences that would ensue were we to not participate in the American system for one day, the day also encourages us as members of the Black and African-American communities to abstain from making grandiose purchases, so that our collective presence may be felt across the country. In doing so, we peacefully oppose racism, social and civil injustice while forcing a recalcitrant society to address the issues affecting our community. Please come out in all black or Pan-African colors of Green and red) and support PAA and this day, TUFTS day of BLACK SOLDARITY. Keynote Address by, Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History African American, Race Relations, Intellectual History, Civil Rights and Black Power.

October 2009
Meet and Greet New Faculty: Peniel Joseph, Professor of History & Stephan Pennington, Assistant Professor of Music

October 29, 2009, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
Please RSVP to africana@tufts.edu

Meet and Greet Provost Jamshed Bharucha and Associate Provost Dawn Geronimo Terkla 

October 13, 2009, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
Please join us as we engage in a conversation with Provost Bharucha and Associate Provost Terkla. As Provost and Senior Vice President, Jamshed Bharucha is the Chief Academic Officer of the University overseeing the seven schools, Tisch College and cross -school programs. The Provost is responsible for driving institutional and budgetary priorities. Dr. Bharucha works closely with his academic team of deans and vice and associate provosts to direct and support the intellectual partnership of Tufts' schools and programs on the three Massachusetts campuses and one in Talloires, France.

A Day at the Huntington Theater
August Wilson’s FENCES

October 3, 2009
Two Performances: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Location: Huntington Theatre (617) 266-0800
264 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115
www.huntingtontheatre.org 
Please e-mail Africana@tufts.edu for ticket information.

September 2009
Meet and Greet for the Class of 2010

September 30, 2009, 12:15 -1:15 p.m. The Africana Center
This is an invitation to the Class of 2010 to meet with the Director of The Africana Center. Come learn about the "Ready to Go" program specifically designed to ensure you are prepared for life after Tufts.  Refreshments will be served.

Meeting of the Black Women's Collective

September 27, 2009, 3:30 p.m. Africana Center

BMG meeting - basketball at South Hall.

September 27, 2009, 5:00 p.m. South Hall
Second bonding meeting

Meeting of the Black Women's Collective

September 20, 2009, 3:30 p.m. The Africana Center
Introductory Meeting
Refreshments will be served

Black Men's Group Meeting

September 20, 2009, 5 p.m. The Africana Center
Introductory Meeting Group Bonding
Refreshments will be served

Ghana Gold: "A Corporate Social Responsibility Study Tour"

September 17, 2009
Open House: Information Session and Film Screening
6 - 7:30 p.m.  Eaton Hall Room 207
Event Flyer
Refreshments will be served

"Ancient Beliefs in the Modern World: A Zimbabwean Woman in Male-Dominated Zimbabwe"
and "Conducting Socially Conscious Research"

September 15, 2009, 12 -1:30 p.m. (Luncheon Discussion)
A Women's Center and Africana Center Event
Fisher Performance Room
Lunch will be served.

Academic Year 2008 - 09

May 2009
Africana Center Outstanding Senior Award Nominations

Nominations are due May 1, 2009
Download a Nomination Form

Annual Senior Reception and Stole Ceremony for the class of 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009. 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Barnum 08
Sponsors: Africana Center, PAA, Caribbean Club and ASO

Please join us as we celebrate the academic accomplishments of the graduating class of 2009.

Reading Room Dedication Ceremony and Alumni Reception

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
Sponsors: Africana Center and Tufts Black Alumni Association

The Africana Center, in collaboration with the Tufts Black Alumni Association, invites you to the dedication of the Center's new reading room to the late Gerald R. Gill, former associate professor of history and beloved member of the Tufts community. Following this event, please join us for a reception to connect with fellow alumni, families, and friends.

Tufts Black Alumni Association Reception

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Laminen Lounge, Olin Center

Senior Toast, Africana Center

Sunday, May 17, 2009, 11:30 a.m.
Location: Africana Center

In recognition of the achievements of the class of 2009 the Africana Center will be hosting a reception for graduating students, family and friends following Commencement.

April 2009
African American Griot: A Conversation with Lydia Diamond

Date: April 8, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Location: Balch Arena Theatre
Sponsor: AS&E Diversity Fund, The Africana center, and the Department of Drama and Dance.
Prof. Ndoumou hosts a lively discussion of the career and creative genius of playwright Lydia Diamond. Diamond is the critically acclaimed author of "Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye," "Voyeurs de Venus," "Stage Black," "Harriet Jacob," and more.

Africana Center Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Remis Sculpture Court
Sponsor: The Africana Center
Put on your best dress, walk the red carpet and find out who is being honored at the 21st Annual Africana Center Leadership Awards Ceremony. Dinner will be served.
View the Event Flyer

Internship and Fellowship Information Session

April 13, 2009, 12 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
Facilitator: Niambi Young, Fletcher Graduate Student
Internships/Fellowships represent an important part of your college experience and contribute to your professional growth by increasing exposure to varied careers, employers, and industries. Please come to an information session on applying to Internships/Fellowships.

Reduce Your Stress Workshop

April 15, 2009, 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Africana Center
Facilitator: Allyson N. Livingston, Staff Clinician at Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service
Come to a discussion about stress at the Africana Center.

Focus of conversation:

  • How to notice you are stressed out
  • The impact of acute and chronic stress on the body
  • An opportunity to talk with your peers about stress
  • An opportunity to discuss and learn about strategies for coping with stress
  • Learning tips for managing stress in the future
  • How to talk to a friend or family member who seems stressed
  • What is "counseling"?
Cooking in Dewick with ASO

An interactive African cooking experience with ASO.
Wednesday, April 15th
Time: TBD
Location: Dewick Dining Hall

Meet Provost Jamshed Bharucha

Thursday, April 16, 4 p.m.
Location: Africana Center

April Open House

Potential Jumbos will have the opportunity to visit The Africana Center and experience a bit of life at Tufts.
Friday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Africana Center

Gospel Concert - Spring Gospel Choir Performance

Friday, April 17, 8 – 10 p.m.
Location: Cohen Auditorium

Africa Week Culture Show

Hosted by ASO, this is a celebration of authentic African cuisine, music, and dance. The event also features a fashion show.
Saturday, April 18, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Location: Dewick Dining Hall

Africa Week Intercollegiate Cruise

A luxurious intercollegiate cruise sponsored by Tufts ASO and MIT's ASA. For more information, please contact: nadia.nibbs@tufts.edu
Sunday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Spirit of Boston Cruise Ship

Kiniwe Drumming Performance

A Kiniwe African drumming ensemble presentation of Dagomba music, presented in part with the Department of Dance.
Thursday, April 23, 8 p.m.
Location: Jackson Gym/ Dance Lab

STEM Diversity Conference

Friday, April 24, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Cabot 206

The Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Diversity is holding an internal conference highlighting the efforts of the various STEM diversity groups on campus. Groups slated to present include:

  • The Center for STEM Diversity
  • Health Careers Fellows
  • Computer Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (CSEMS)
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Nerd Girls
  • Minority Association of Pre-Med Students

Come out and learn about all the great work that's been going on at Tufts. If you have any questions, please email travis.brown@tufts.edu . Refreshments will be served.

Peer Advising Reception

April 29, 2009, 3 p.m.
Location: Africana Center

March 2009
Workshop on Race and Jewish Identity

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Hillel
Sponsor: Tufts Hillel

Come experience Y-Love, a popular rap artist whose rhymes are based in his faith and spoken in a combination of English and Aramaic as a part of his 40 Days & 40 Nights College Concert Tour.

Workshop on Race and Jewish Identity at 7:30pm and Y-Love Concert in Hotung at 10pm.

Emerging Black Leaders Symposium

Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Distler Performance Center (Music Building)
Sponsor: Emerging Black Leaders

The 5th Annual Emerging Black Leaders Symposium “When the Music Stops…I Hear a Symphony” implies that the music never fails to make an impression on the individual and on society. Although the music is not played at all times, it live in us, motivates us to change, and inspires unity within our communities.

The Symposium will feature panel discussions, workshops and a keynote address by noted and critically acclaimed rap artist and MC Talib Kweli.

The event is open to the general public.

AfricaFest 2009

Saturday, March 7
Location: Distler Performance Center
Sponsor: Music Department

Africa Fest 2009 is a daylong festival of African music, dance, and culture in the Granoff Music Center and Jackson Dance Lab. The festival, featuring workshops and performances by several collegiate and professional world music ensembles, is being held in celebration of the late Alhaji Abubakari Lunna noted Ghanaian master drummer and frequent artist-in-residence at Tufts University.

The highlight of the festival will be a grand evening performance celebrating Alhaji Abubakari Lunna's far-reaching legacy in the greater music world. Groups scheduled to perform during the event include the acclaimed world-jazz ensemble Natraj, the New York based African fusion group Imaginary Homeland, the West African folkloric groups: Boston's Agbekor Society and Canada's Akpokli, the Berklee College of Music West African Drum and Dance Ensemble directed by Joe Galeota, and Kiniwe, the Tufts African Music and Dance Ensemble, directed by Professor David Locke.

Admission tickets are required for the performance ($2-$7), and can be purchased by calling 617.627.3679.

Health Discussion

Thursday, March 12, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Mayer Campus Center, Room 220
Sponsor: Health Service, Counseling and Health Education

As part of a federal grant award, the Department of Health and Wellness (Health Service, Counseling and Health Education) is interested in learning more about how you cope with stress, anxiety, and mental health concerns.  Your comments will help in providing services and programs that will meet the needs of students of African descent.

We will be holding a 1 ½ hour long conversation on Thursday March 12th from 5:30-7:00pm in the Mayer Campus Center Room 220.

Food will be provided, and participants will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble/Tufts Bookstore gift card.

Please email Bonnie Lipton by Wednesday March 11 if you would like to attend or have any questions

Peer Advisor Application Deadline

Friday, March 13, 5 p.m., Location: Africana Center
Sponsor: Africana Center

The Africana Center is now accepting applications for ten Peer Advisor positions for the fall and spring of 2009-2010.  Africana Center Peer Advisors assume three major responsibilities: (1) they play a critical role as facilitators, small group leaders and role models in all Africana Center Freshman Orientation programming; (2) they help to plan and provide follow-up programming for the first year class throughout the academic year, as needed; and (3) they help to advise and assist the Africana Center and other communities at Tufts in its work with other Tufts centers and culture houses, selected offices, programs and organizations on and off-campus.

Download the Application

Money: What Every College Student Should Know About Their Finances

Thursday, March 26, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Barnum 008
Sponsor: Africana Center & Women's Center

Jameel Webb-Davis from Start Money Smart will provide an interactive presentation, activities and discussion on financial basics that will keep you out of the dark and onto the path of a powerful financial future.

Meet the Provost – Jamshed Bharucha

Saturday, March 31, 4 – 5 p.m.
Location: The Africana Center
Sponsor: The Africana Center, Provost Office

Come meet Provost Jamshed Bharucha and Dawn Terkla who will answer your questions about the role of the Provost office.

 

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