LEGACIES: Black Cultural Transnationalisms, Remembering Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka

Event information
Venue:Graham Center 243, MMC


(To see the conference program, please scroll down.)

Our theme this year invites scholars to reflectively pay homage to the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka, two great public intellectual giants for the fields of African and African Diaspora Studies who passed away last year. Their dedication and commitment to full black enfranchisement and eradication of racism were unwavering. As we organize this event, we assert that the humanities—the pursuit of what it means to be fully human—are deeply embedded within the struggles for equal rights and social justice. The conversations around black cultural nationalisms in South Africa and the US we hope to foster are intended to engender cross-disciplinary and fertile discussions about the way legacies of Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka have shaped the past, inform the present, and continue to be relevant for the crafting of more just, inclusive, and humane societies.

This event is organized by AADS and is co-sponsored by the Department of English.

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5th Annual AADS Humanities Afternoon
LEGACIES: Black Cultural Transnationalisms,
Remembering Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka

November 6, 2014.
GC 243
Florida International University
Modesto Maidique Campus


Welcoming Remarks
Jean Muteba Rahier, Professor of Anthropology and Director of AADS


Introduction of 5th Annual AADS Humanities Afternoon
Heather Russell, Associate Professor of English and AADS Affiliate Faculty


Introduction of Chérif Keïta
Hilary Jones, Associate Professor of AADS and History


Chérif Keïta
Director, African & African American Studies
Carleton College
"Searching the Grey area of the South African Liberation History"


Presentation of Chérif Keïta’s documentary: "Ukukhumbula uNokutela," "Remembering Nokutela"


Professor Keïta’s comments


Questions & Answers


Introduction of Haki Madhubuti
Valerie Patterson, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Administration and AADS Affiliate Faculty


Haki Madhubuti
Founder and President, Third World Press; leading poet and one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement
"The Malcolm X Legacy: What It Means to Be Black and Literate in the 21st Century and the Importance of Art in the Maturation of All People"


Questions & Answers
Haki Madhubuti and General Humanities Afternoon Questions


Reception to celebrate the speakers and AADS' award of the Title VI-UISFL Grant.