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Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture Series

Every academic year, the African American Studies Program invites a junior scholar to share new and exciting research with the campus community. The late Professor Conseula Francis (1973–2016), the former director of the African American Studies Program, established the series to support the work of emerging scholars in the field of African American Studies. As our director, Professor Francis not only advocated for her students, but remained deeply committed to mentoring and supporting junior faculty, and we have named this lecture series in her memory to commemorate her unflagging commitment to our program and the work of junior scholars.
Vanessa Agard-Jones, an assistant professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, will deliver the 2016–2017 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture on February 20, 2017. Her current book project, Body Burdens: Toxic Endurance and Decolonial Desire in the French Atlantic, uses ethnographic research to explore pesticides, sexual politics, and postcoloniality in Martinique. She analyzes the physical toll of toxins on the body as well as the metaphorical toxicity of colonialism in a post-colonial political context. Her other publications include Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line (2008) co-edited with Manning Marable and articles in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, and the New West Indian Guide, among others. Agard-Jones’s lecture is titled “‘After the End of the World:’ A Black Feminist Analytic for the Anthropocene.”
Previous Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lectures:
  • 2016-2017 Vanessa Agard-Jones
           "After the End of the World: A Black Feminist Analytic for the Anthropocene"
  • 2015–2016 Sarah Haley
           “The Carceral Life of Gender: Convict Labor, Jim Crow Modernity, and Black Feminist Refusal”
  • 2014–2015 Ibram X. Kendi
           “Black Students and Black Studies: A Founding History, 1966–1970”
  • 2013–2014 Jason Shelton
          “Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions”

Artist Lecture Series

The Artist Lecture Series celebrates the value of artistic expression by inviting artists of all types to share their art and their insights into how art itself is a form of social discourse. The lectures in this series, then, follow in the spirit of what the novelist Ralph Ellison said of music, namely that “it gives significance to all those indefinable aspects of experience which nevertheless help to make us what we are…reminding us of what we were and of that toward which we aspire.”

Previous Artist Lectures:

  • 2015–2016 Amaud Jamaul Johnson
  • 2014–2015 9th Wonder
  • 2013–2014 Alfred Conteh

African American Studies Film Series

The African American Studies Program sponsors a film series every semester that is open to the public. Each series explores a particular theme such as mass incarceration and cultural connections between African Americans and Asians.

Check out the flyer for Spring 2017 here.

Check out the flyer for Fall 2016 here.

African American Studies Book Club

The African American Studies Book Club brings together College of Charleston faculty, staff, and students to have informal discussions about significant texts in the field of African American Studies. We select one book to discuss each semester, and provide a limited number of copies of the books to participants.

Check out the flyer for 2016-2017 here.

 Current Book Club Selections:

  • Octavia Butler, Kindred (Spring 2017)
  • Charles Mills, The Racial Contract (Fall 2016)

African American Studies Teach-Ins

To fullfill the African American Studies Program's commitment to community engagement, the Program periodically organizes teach-ins to raise awareness of pressing contemporary issues and to provide tools for proactively addressing these issues.

Previous Teach-Ins: