African American and African Studies Week


Afam week

African American and African Studies Week at Rutgers University-Newark is December 2-6, 2019

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.

Events are open to all Rutgers University-Newark students.

Monday, December 2
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.

  • INFO SESSION | 11:30am-12:50pm | 324 Conklin Hall 
    Drop by 324 Conklin Hall to grab lunch and talk with faculty and staff advisors about how a major or minor could work with your academic plan. Current majors will also be available to discuss their experience.
  • OPEN MIC |5:00-7:00pm| 319 Conklin Hall
    Join us for a special open mic event featuring original works from our students and faculty. Everyone from the Rutgers community is welcome to come and listen or to share their work as well. A "Tastes of the Diaspora" dinner will be served.

Tuesday, December 3 | 9am-5pm| 311 & 323 Conklin Hall
Take some time to view the exhibits mounted in the hallway of the third floor of Conklin Hall and visit our office to ask any questions that you may have about the exhibits or about our academic program, courses and faculty.

  • 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. View images from that time and stay tuned for an expanded installation in 2020.
  • "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.

Wednesday, December 4 | 2:30-3:50pm| 346 Conklin Hall
What Can I Do With a Major or Minor in African American and African Studies?
Join us on Wednesday, December 4 to hear one of our most distinguished alumni Ms. Donita Judge, Associate Executive Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discuss her experience. During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to talk with her and with other AfAm alumni 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. Representatives from the Career Development Center will also be available to discuss the services they offer. Lunch will be served.

Thursday, December 5 | 10am-11:30am| 346 Conklin Hall
Conklin Hall Liberators Panel Discussion
Prof. Vickie Donaldson will moderate a panel discussion as part of her course, "Race, Poverty, and Protest," with participants in the 1969 takeover including Richard Roper, first president of Black Organization of Students (BOS); George Hampton; Janice Morrell; Harrison Snell; and Minnie Williams Cunningham.

Friday, December 6
Interested in AfAm literature? Sit in on a class session with Dr. Melanie Hill and learn more about what her students have been studying this semester.

Melanie R. Hill holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania with graduate certificates in Africana Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, Personified Preaching: Black Feminist Sermonic Practice in Literature and Music is an interdisciplinary analysis of the presence of black women preachers in twentieth and twenty-first century African-American literature, music, and religion. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Hill is a Gospel Violinist who has performed at the Apollo Theater, the White House, and for Pope Francis's Papal Mass. Her research interests include twentieth-century American literature, African-American and Ethnic American literatures, African-American Studies, Sound Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Poetry and Poetics, and Music.

  • American Literature of the 19th Century | 10:00-11:20am | 342 Conklin
    This class session will be dedicated to discussing Harriet Jacobs's "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" and to students' final project presentations.
  • African American Literature After 1900 | 11:30-12:50pm | 104 Hill
    This class discussion will be dedicated to Chimimanda Adichie's "Americanah".