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Africana Studies and the Future of Freedom: The Larry H. Mamiya Memorial Conference Celebrating 50 years of Africana Studies at Vassar College

Please join us from November 1 - 3, 2019 for a weekend of celebration as we commemorate 50 years of Africana Studies at Vassar College! We have invited an array of scholars and creative intellectuals to reflect on the political, philosophical, and creative interventions that sustain Africana Studies as a field and promise to move it forward.

  • The proceedings will address several aspects of black experience, among them music and performance, violence and resilience, gender and sexuality, and law and justice.
  • MacArthur Genius Fellow Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University) will give the Opening Address, novelist Aminatta Forna (Georgetown University) will deliver the Matthew Vassar Lecture and keynote speech, and scholars from Vassar and other esteemed institutions will offer panel presentations on their recent work. Click on the weekend schedule for full details.
  • Among the special features of the conference will be a reading by actress Shona Tucker, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Drama
  • Jazz brunch for all conference attendees

View the conference brochure for the full schedule and more infomation.

Register for the Conference