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African American and Diaspora Studies Archives

Panel on Cuba features artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Oct. 7, 2011—One of the most significant artists to emerge from the Cuban post-revolutionary era will lead a faculty discussion about race in her native country on Wednesday, Oct. 12. María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who is a visiting artist on campus Oct. 9-18, will participate in the panel discussion “Exile, Memory and Identity: A Conversation on Race in...

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Jemima Pierre

Oct. 3, 2011—Anthropologist explores modern Africa and black immigrant experience in America In her interactions with black immigrants over the years, Jemima Pierre said she discovered a surprising sentiment. “They told me, ‘I never knew I was black until I came to the U.S.’ I found that fascinating. ” As a Haitian immigrant growing up in Miami...

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Vanderbilt writer Alice Randall accepted for Yaddo residency

Mar. 24, 2011—The history of the Yaddo property stretches back to a tavern where many writers including Edgar Allan Poe dined in the 19th century.

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New faculty endowed chairs celebrated

Mar. 3, 2011—Ten Vanderbilt University faculty members who have been named to new endowed chairs were recognized for their remarkable achievements and contributions on Feb. 28.

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“Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .”: What scholars can learn from novelists – and journalists – about storytelling

Feb. 25, 2011—Watch video of the Feb. 24 talk by Adam Hochschild, author and journalist, titled “‘Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch . . .’: What Scholars Can Learn from Novelists–and Journalists–about Storytelling.” Hochschild is an award-winning author of six books, including King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa and Bury the Chains:...

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Vanderbilt looks at slavery at March 25 symposium

Feb. 23, 2011—Scholars from Duke, UC-Berkeley and Columbia will look at slavery and its afterlives during a daylong symposium at Vanderbilt University.

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“Historicizing the Black Atlantic, Comparative Colonialism, and Transnational Citizenship”

Feb. 14, 2011—Watch video of the Feb. 10, 2011, Black Atlantic Lecture. Mamadou Diouf (African Studies, Columbia University) and Toyin Falola (history, University of Texas at Austin) present “Historicizing the Black Atlantic, Comparative Colonialism, and Transnational Citizenship.” The event is moderated by Moses Ochonu, assistant professor of history, and is co-sponsored by the Warren Center, the Department...

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Vanderbilt series explores the black experience in Europe

Feb. 4, 2011—The lives and challenges of being black or of African descent in Europe are explored this semester in the Black Europe and the African Diaspora lecture and film series at Vanderbilt University. Convened by Trica Danielle Keaton, associate professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, and co-sponsored by a number of units at Vanderbilt, the...

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A stash of love letters results in Vanderbilt scholar’s first book

Dec. 8, 2010—Stormy Weather tracks evolution of African American marriages Long-neglected love letters between a domestic servant husband and his teacher wife have provided an important part of a new book that tracks how middle class African American marriages evolved in the early and mid 20th century. Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the World Wars,...

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Vanderbilt’s Sharpley-Whiting named to The Root 100 list

Oct. 20, 2010—Vanderbilt professor T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting was named one of the top 100 young leaders of the African American community by the The Root, an online magazine founded by scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Sharpley-Whiting is the author of Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women and editor of The Speech: Race...

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