African American History Month February

2017 Event Schedule

Viewing of the movie "Loving"

Stackhouse Theater
Friday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5th at 2:00 p.m. 

The John Chavis Lecture in African-American Studies 

Next Wednesday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Professors Marc Conner and Lucas Morel will present the John Chavis Lecture in African-American Studies.  Titled "The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the 21st Century," the presentation will focus on elements of Conner's and Morel's co-edited volume of that title that was just released this past autumn.  Gathering the work of 15 major Ellison scholars, the book examines the achievement and relevance of Ellison's writing for the America of the 21st century.

John Chavis was the first African-American to attend Washington and Lee University (then Liberty Hall Academy).  The Chavis lecture, created by Associate Dean of Students Tamara Futrell, honors Chavis's memory by featuring the work of Washington and Lee faculty who are doing research in the fields of African-American Studies.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow.  Sponsored by The Office of Dean of Students, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.  This event is part of the University's celebration and commemoration of Black History Month.

Lecture on Afro-Cuban Autobiography by Prof. Mark Sanders of Emory University

Dr. Mark A. Sanders, Professor of English and Chair, African American Studies, Emory University, will be giving a public lecture on "BLACKNESS AND NATIONALITY: THE CASE OF RICARDO BATRELL AND THE CUBAN RACIAL NARRATIVE" on Thursday, February 9, at 5:00 p.m. in Northen Auditorium.

Prof. Sanders talk is based on his research on A Black Soldier's Story: The Narrative of Ricardo Batrell and the Cuban War of Independence (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), his English-language translation and edition of Para la historia: Apuntes autobiográficos de la vida de Ricardo Batrell Oviedo (1912), the only account of the Cuban War of Independence written by an Afro-Cuban.

The talk is open to the public and refreshments will be served!  Prof. Sanders' visit is made possible with funds from the University Lectures Fund and the Program in Africana Studies.

Black Hair Panel, February 12
Hillel Multipurpose Room
6:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to touch an Afro?
Ever wondered why your black friends complain about 8 hour salon trips?
Well this is your chance to get a feel for black hair figuratively and literally!
The Black Hair Informational is a joint event between SABU and African Society in celebration of Black History Month, to help answer all the curious questions people have about black hair.  The informational will allow you to explore and experience various, vastly different types of black hair.  There will be demonstrations, presentations, opportunities to touch different types of hair and a panel at the end that will discuss the cultural connections between black hair, the black community and the world in general.

Viewing of the movie "Moonlight", February 13
Stackhouse Theater
7:00 p.m.

Tribute to African-American Women, February 26
Stackhouse Theater
5:00 p.m.