AfAm Week, Fall 2022

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AfAm Week
7-12, 2022


Africana Studies Week at Rutgers University-Newark is November 7-12, 2022!

This week-long event will showcase the value of a major or minor in Africana Studies and present opportunities to learn more about our award-winning faculty, course offerings, and career pathways.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @RUNAfAm and share photos of events/exhibits using the tags #RUNAfAmWeek and #RUNAfricana. 


Monday, November 7
All Day | AfAm Week Kick-Off

Start the week by following us @RUNAfAm on social media (with hashtag #RUNAfAmWeek) for spotlights on students, faculty, and alumni discussing the continued importance of Black studies.

1:00-2:30PM | Breath Work: Schooling and the Politics of Black Aspiration: A Conversation with Dr. Amelia Simone Herbert
Esterly Lounge, 2nd floor of Engelhard Hall

Dr. Amelia Simone Herbert is an educator, scholar, and writer from Rahway, New Jersey. She is an inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Education at Rutgers University’s Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice. Amelia’s research and teaching are concerned with the roles that education plays in the construction and subversion of racialized inequality in global perspective. She draws on anthropology, comparative education, and Black studies to examine how youth, families, and educators navigate the racial and spatial politics of aspiration in marketized urban schooling landscapes in South Africa and the United States. Prior to doctoral studies, Amelia taught in Newark schools for nearly a decade and she has also worked as a teacher educator in programs that serve schools in New York City and Cape Town. Her experiences as a teacher and learner fuel her commitment to researching the complex meanings of schooling in lived experiences. Amelia earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University and a B.A. in History and African American Studies from Duke University.

Tuesday, November 8 
All Day |  Gallery Walk 

Take a walk around Conklin Hall and engage with some of the featured exhibits on the third floor.

  • Black Power! 19th Century: Newark's First African Rebellion
    Looks at Black activism in Newark in the 1800s, showing that there was African American community and activism years before the well-known Newark Rebellion, which happened in 1967.

  • Conklin Hall Takevoer
    On February 24th 1969, members of the Rutgers-Newark Black Organization of Students (BOS) took over Conklin Hall, one of the main classroom buildings, to protest the lack of minority students and faculty on campus.

  • From Rebellion to Review Board
    Tells the story of African American, Puerto Rican, and LGBTQ activists’ struggles against police misconduct and political disenfranchisement to claim power in Newark.

  • At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project 
    Tells the stories of how LGBTQ Newarkers have claimed space for themselves in bars, balls, houses of worship, street corners, community centers, and artistic venues in the face of poverty, violence, illness, racism, and discrimination. Through their activism, creative expression, and determination, they have made Newark their home.

Visit our office to ask any questions that you may have about the exhibits or about our academic program, courses, and faculty.

Wednesday, November 9
All Day | #Wayback Wednesday

Tune in to our YouTube channel and watch some incredible presentations. A few highlights: 

Thursday, November 10
5:00-6:00PM | A Virtual Conversation with Africana Studies Alumni

Interested in learning more about what you can do with an Africana Studies major or minor? Join us and hear directly from alumni working in an array of fields about how their experiences in our department prepared them for their careers. Moderated by Dr. Wendell Marsh.

Friday, November 11
1:00-2:00PM | A Conversation with Noelle Lorraine Williams
346 Conklin Hall

Join public humanities specialist, artist, researcher and curator Noelle Lorraine Williams for a discussion of her latest exhibit, “Black Power! 19th Century."  Reception to follow presentation. 

Noelle Lorraine Williams is a graduate of the New School for Social Research and Rutgers University-Newark. As a public humanities specialist, artist, researcher and curator, her work examines the ways African Americans utilize culture to re-imagine liberation in the United States. She has exhibited and lectured at the Newark Museum, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Jersey City Museum, Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn and Cue Art in Manhattan. Her work as an artist and curator has been reviewed in the Star-Ledger as a part of their profile on “The Newark School”, New York Times, ArtNews, and other publications. Last year, the exhibition she curated at The Newark Public Library “Radical Women” was the recipient of the Giles R. Wright Award for contributions to African American History in NJ. She recently received the Creative Catalyst Grant from the City of Newark administered by Newark Arts. She currently continues to make art, curate, teach and write about history, African American women’s lives and liberated communities in the United States. 

Saturday, November 12
10:00AM-3:00PM | Teaching Against Erasure


Teaching Against Erasure (TAE) is an initiative organized through the collaboration of educators, scholars, and advocates dedicated to social justice and inclusivity. Our public workshops bring students, teachers, scholars, community organizers, and researchers together to promote sustainable inclusivity in classrooms everywhere. Each session in this two-part educational development program reminds us that human complexity and diversity are the basis for healthy and productive learning environments. Grounding ourselves in the “it takes a village” approach, we lean on community building practices to help educators develop pedagogical methods that support safe learning environments for all learners. Our inaugural program includes multi-session instructional workshops in the fall and spring of the 2022-2023 academic year.

This virtual fall series is focused on thematic workshops led by scholars, community leaders, and veteran teachers. These pilot sessions will emphasize strategies for integrating content focused on Black, LGBTQIA+ and Dis/Abilities studies material into the existing New Jersey core curriculum content. Participants may select a morning and afternoon session to attend.

For more information about TAE visit