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Lecture Events

Black Studies Program

Lecture Events


                     Past Events

April 16th, 17th, & 18th 2019


Thursday Fedruary 7th, 2019


Shepard Hall 350


Tuesday December 4, 2018


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


Celebrating the Ancestors: EGUNGUN in the Afro-Atlantic World!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

11:00 am

Aaron Davis Hall

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Ancestral Connection Through DNA


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Stainman Lecture Hall, 1st floor

The Grove School of Engineering

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Come join us and celebrate with AncestryDNA and the Black Studies Program to find out how to test DNA and find your ancestral ties. The event will include a talk from Dr. Eurie Hong in which she will describe how DNA reveals your personal history.

Five people from the CCNY campus community will be tested and their results will be revealed.

20 kits will be given away for free at the event.


The Chinua Achebe Legacy Series Presents - Nicole Dennis-Benn Author of "Here Comes the Sun"


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

6:00pm - 8:30pm

North Academic Center, NAC Ballroom

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, HERE COMES THE SUN, a New York Times Editors' Choice; and an Amazon and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.Dennis-Benn has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her writing has been awarded a Richard and Julie Logsdon Fiction Prize; and two of her stories have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Fiction. Dennis-Benn was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. She has now been inducted in the cannon of speakers for the Chinua Achebe Legacy Series, her lecture will be accompanied in conversation with Black Studies Director and Associate Professor of English, Cheryl Sterling, PhD. 




Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Shepard Hall, Room 250


In Film Blackness Michael Boyce Gillespie shifts the ways we think about black film, treating it not as a category, a genre, or strictly a representation of the black experience but as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race. Gillespie challenges expectations that black film can or should represent the reality of black life or provide answers to social problems. Instead, he frames black film alongside literature, music, art, photography, and new media, treating it as an interdisciplinary form that enacts black visual and expressive culture. Gillespie discusses the racial grotesque in Ralph Bakshi's Coonskin (1975), black performativity in Wendell B. Harris Jr.'s Chameleon Street (1989), blackness and noir in Bill Duke'sDeep Cover (1992), and how place and desire impact blackness in Barry Jenkins's Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Considering how each film represents a distinct conception of the relationship between race and cinema, Gillespie recasts the idea of black film and poses new paradigms for genre, narrative, aesthetics, historiography, and intertextuality.


Black Lives Matter


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

6:30 pm

Shepard Hall, Room 250

Linda Villarosa, is an Assistant Professor here at CCNY in the Media and Communication Arts Program and Black Studies Program.
Stephanie Llanes, is a lawyer at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Zakia Henderson-Brown, is a poet and current member of the Board of the Brooklyn Movement Center.
Angelo Pinto, is a Senior Attorney who in 2016 joined The Advancement Project too work on the School House to Jail House Track Program, as well as the emerging Justice Program. 

The panel will concentrate on the various ways that the Black Lives Matter Movement will exist and resist in the midst of the Trump Presidency. Students and the community are encouraged to attend and learn about the range of struggles and solutions happening in New York City. Panelists will cover a range of topics from knowing your rights to community based solutions to ending violence. ​




Ngugi wa Thiong'o Speaks at The Chinua Achebe Legacy Series

April 23, 2015

6-8 P.M.

Shepard Hall: 92



Wath Now:

Women Writing the Caribbean

March 16, 2015

6-8 P.M.

Shepard Hall: 250



Watch now:

Colson Whitehead in Conversation with Dr. R. L' Heureux Lewis-McCoy - December 2, 2015

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Graham Hodges - The Underground Railroad in New York  - October 27, 2015


Reconstructing Audre Lorde - Feburary 25, 2016


What Can I do with a major in Black Studies - Feburary 4, 2016