African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers-Newark

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AfAm Week
10-15, 2020


African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers University-Newark is December 10-15, 2020!

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

SCHEDULE (More events will be posted soon.)

Monday, December 10
Kick-off AfAm week with a visit to the third floor of Conklin Hall! Our Department will have tables with beverages, snacks, and brochures about our major and minor available throughout the week.

Wednesday, December 12 | 2:30-3:50pm| 346 Conklin Hall
What Can I Do With a Major or Minor in African American and African Studies?
Talk with alumni from the Department of African American and African Studies about their career paths and how a concentration in African American and African Studies helped them to achieve their goals and enriched their time at Rutgers University. Information about the Career Development Center and the services that they offer will also be available. Lunch will be served.

Saturday, December 15 | 9:30am-3:30pm| Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center
The 40th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series: "Black Futures: What Seems to Be, Need Not Be"
The Marion Thompson Wright Series’ fortieth installment, “Black Futures: What Seems to Be, Need Not Be,” will look to multiple futures – of the series itself, the field of African American Studies, and of Black America as a social, cultural, and political formation – to foreground a tradition of futurism in black intellectual and cultural life, as well as how that tradition and the freedom dreams it has generated have driven movements for change. Ten years ago, the thirtieth anniversary of the series looked back to take stock of its history and that of the field in which it works. For this anniversary, it will look forward to how the series might more fully and meaningfully participate in bringing about a more just and inclusive future.

The day’s celebrated lecturers will include keynote speaker, scholar and historian, Saidiya Hartman(Columbia University); songwriter, producer, and scholar Jason King (New York University); sociologist, Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University); and author and filmmaker, Ytasha Womack (Afrofuturist/Independent Scholar).

Following the conference, you are invited to a reception in the Engelhard Court of the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street. The reception will feature food and live musical entertainment by The Bradford Hayes Trio