Keep Fighting by Eric Hart

The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University are both interdisciplinary spaces for students, faculty, post-doc fellows, artists, scholars and the general public. Founded in 1969, IAAA’s mission continues to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond with a commitment to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies. The CBVC, expanding on that mission, is a space for scholarly and artistic inquiry (framing and reframing) into the understanding and exploration of images focusing on Black people globally with critical evaluation of images in multiple realms of culture, including how various archives and the development of visual technologies affect the construction of representations. The goals of IAAA and CBVC converge to promote and encourage collaborative research projects, experimental learning and open spaces to the larger community for broad and thematic discussions through various, diverse and dynamic public programming and initiatives by way of conferences, lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, readings, performances, visiting scholars, artist residencies and publications.

Fall 2020
Revolutionary Re-imaginings: Black Joy in Resistance

In 2020, Black Americans found themselves at the pernicious intersection of a global pandemic — one in which Black mortality was disproportionately high —and yet another spate of Black murders at the hands of the police. Even as the casualties climbed, black visual narratives altered the course of history. From the harrowing visual capture of George Floyd’s  murder to the widely circulating images of hundreds of thousands taking to the streets, “Black Lives Matter” became an international battle cry to end systemic, racialized and gendered injustice. What started as a call to defund the police evolved into broad demands for anti-racist actions and corporate accountability. Fueled by countless testimonies of black pain, fatigue, loss and anger, revolution has finally coupled with reckoning. And yet remarkably, and perhaps necessarily, the commitment to Black joy has been palpable. Memes of Cardi B sounding the alarm upon the arrival of the coronavirus flooded the internet. The Movement for Black Lives posted images of protestors dancing and laughing as well as marching.  Deejays like D-Nice, Beverly Bond and Questlove kept us up into the wee hours of the morning, fighting the despair of forced isolation with new avenues for connection and community building.

Our theme this year, “Revolutionary Re-imaginings: Black Joy in Resistance” interrogates these spaces. We ask, what are the ways in which Black joy is not only prescriptive in the current moment but also accompanied by new possibilities? How do the visual narratives of international Black films and series like “The Eddy”, “The Burial of Kojo”, “Uncorked”, “Blood and Tears” and “I May Destroy You” sustain our connectivity by fueling the diasporic imaginary when travel is no longer feasible? How has the need for more visual content coupled with this moment of reckoning created new possibilities for Blacks in both film and publishing? How have Black health practitioners turned to digital platforms to address disparities in Black health, information and resources in the face of COVID 19? In short, what does it mean for a nation historically moved by images of Black trauma to reconcile resistance with Black joy?

Please join us as we explore these questions with students, scholars, writers, filmmakers, artists, photographers, activists and the general public.

(Please note our Fall 2020 programming will be online)


The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University
would like to thank all of our co-sponsors including:
Office of University and Public Affairs
Office of the Provost
Office of Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation
New York University Abu Dhabi
Office of the Dean Tisch School of the Arts
Department of Photography & Imaging
The 370 Jay Project
Women and Migrations Working Group
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
NYU Washington, DC
NYU Brademas Center
Open Society Foundations
Center for Media, Culture & History
NYU Votes


*Image courtesy of Laurence Ralph

The Scars of Being Policed While Black
Friday, September 11  |  5:00-6:30 PM (EST)
Virtual Screening/Discussion

*Screening and discussion of The Torture Letters (12:50 mins, New York Times Op-Doc) with anthropologist and director LAURENCE RALPH (Princeton University; Director, Center on Transnational Policing), author of The Torture Letters: Reckoning With Police Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2020). In conversation with JOAN MORGAN (Program Director, NYU Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture) and DAVID DENT (Journalism, Social & Cultural Analysis).

Co-sponsors: Anthropology; Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture

*Note: attendees may also view the Op-Doc, The Torture Letters (12:50 mins) at any time prior to the start of the event through this link:

“Based on more than a decade of research, this Op-Doc serves as an instant primer on the roots of police violence. Right now, somewhere in the United States, similar episodes of police violence are still playing out. This film is meant for everyone who has felt alone and violated after being subjected to police violence. It’s also for anyone who has wept over the memory of a victim or taken to the streets in protest” – Laurence Ralph, New York Times, June 30, 2020


Tuesday, September 15  |  5:30 – 6:30 PM (EST)

Join us on Zoom for a virtual talk with Betsy Fischer Martin, Emmy-winning journalist, former TV news executive, and current Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute and Executive in Residence for American University School of Public Affairs; Claudia Cereceda, 2016 graduate of NYU, Liberal Studies and veteran of two presidential campaigns; Brianna Cea, CEO and co-founder of Generation Vote; and Charlotte Alter, a National Correspondent with TIME, and author of The Ones We've Been Waiting For.

This event is co-produced by NYU Votes, NYU Office of Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, the John Brademas Center, Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture, and Federal Hall: Debate Defends Democracy.

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Thursday, September 17  |  6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)
The Black Feminist Radical Imagination and the Contemporary Struggle for Justice

Dr. Treva B. Lindsey is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, Black popular culture, Black feminism(s), and critical race and gender theory.  Her first book, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C is a Choice 2017 “Outstanding Academic Title.”Dr. Lindsey is a 2020-2021 ACLS/Mellon Scholars and Society Fellow and she was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016-2017).  She is currently completing her next book tentatively titled, American Goddamn: Violence, Black Women, and The Struggle for Justice. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, among from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Lindsey contributes to outlets such as Al Jazeera, Time, Billboard, Bustle, Ms. Ms. Magazine, The Washington Post, Women’s Media Center, Zora, and Cosmopolitan.

Please RSVP: by September 16th. Link/invitation to join for virtual discussion will be sent to those who RSVP. Please make sure to state the event name and date in your email.

Black Joy and Resistance
A conversation with Adreinne Waheed and Jamel Shabazz
Tuesday, September 22  |  7:00 – 8:00 PM (EST)

This conversation will focus on Adreinne Waheed’s book, Black Joy and Resistance, which masterfully chronicles Black resistance and celebrates joyous energy and resilience in Black culture and communities throughout the diaspora, and Jamel Shabazz’s new book, City Metro. He is the author of numerous titles such as Sights in the City: New York Street Photographs, Men of Honor, A Time Before Crack, Pieces of a Man, Represent, Crossing 125th Street, Sights in the City, Back in the Days, and Seconds of my Life among others.


Adreinne Waheed is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  Her work bears witness to and holds space for the beauty, brilliance and resilience of Black folks across the diaspora. She is an accomplished photo editor who, during her 20-year career, has produced shoots for Vibe, King and Essence magazines.  Her photography has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, Photo District News and The Fader. In 2010, she created the Waheed Photo Archive, a collection of found photographs of African-Americans from Civil War to the present. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) acquired the archive in 2015.  Her self-published coffee table book, entitled Black Joy and Resistance, was released in December 2018 and is available now on Amazon.

Jamel Shabazz is known for his photographs of New York during the 1980’s. A documentary, fashion, and street photographer, he has authored 10 monographs. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and his work is housed within the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. Over the years, Shabazz has taught young students at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “Expanding the Walls” project, and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “Teen Curators” program. Shabazz is the 2018 recipient of the Gordon Parks award for documentary photography, and a member of the photo collective, Kamoinge.

Please RSVP:  by September 21st. Link/invitation to join for virtual discussion will be sent to those who RSVP. Please make sure to state the event name and date in your email.

Lectures by Jordan Casteel and Kierna Mayo
Monday, September 28  |  6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)

Join artist Jordan Casteel as she discusses her overall practice, including her artwork on the historic September issue of Vogue magazine, and Kierna Mayo writer/editor/media trailblazer as she contextualizes the significance of the #BlackSeptember moment from her career in publishing—both Black and mainstream.


Jordan Casteel (b. 1989, Denver, CO) has rooted her practice in community engagement, painting from her own photographs of people she encounters. Posing her subjects within their natural environments, her nearly life-size portraits and cropped compositions chronicle personal observations of the human experience. Casteel received her BA from Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA for Studio Art (2011) and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (2014). Casteel's solo exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni, “Within Reach,” is currently on view at the New Museum, New York, presented in conjunction with a fully illustrated catalogue published by the New Museum. In 2019, Casteel held solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, CO, and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, CA. In recent years, she has participated in exhibitions at institutional venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2020); Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2020); Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2019); Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2019); Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA (2019); Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR (2018); MoCA, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC (2017); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2017 and 2016); and MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2017). She is an Assistant Professor of Painting in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at Rutgers University - Newark. She lives and works in New York, NY.

Kierna Mayo is an award-winning storyteller, journalist, and veteran media executive recognized for her unwavering commitment to the cultural perspective of people of color and the underrepresented. The NAACP, GLAAD, The Root 100, Folio 100 and many others have lauded her work. After a two-decade career in print and digital media, Kierna is currently the executive producer and showrunner for the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact. She recently appeared as a cultural expert in HBO Max’s celebrated documentary On the Record, and has been featured on popular podcasts Longform and Slate’s Slow Burn, discussing her unique professional journey. Kierna is also a race and culture guest contributor on CNN. As the former Editor in Chief of Ebony magazine, Kierna rebranded the venerable publication by introducing it to a millennial audience and leading its digital platform to critical acclaim.  Thereafter, Kierna was named the Senior Vice President, Content and Brands at iOne Digital/Urban One where she launched the “born unapologetic” CASSIUS platform, and directed multiple lifestyle, news and pop culture digital sites for Black and Brown audiences. In the late 90s, Kierna co-founded Honey magazine where she helped foster an uncharted visibility for millions of women of color of the hip-hop generation. In the early aughts, she served as one of few Black women editors at Hearst Magazines. As a culture writer, Kierna has penned features and op-eds in Essence, Marie Claire, The New York Times and a wide variety of publications. Notably, she penned the forward to Dr. Joan Morgan’s book, She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, an NPR 2018 Great Read.

Please RSVP:  by September  27. Link/invitation to join for virtual discussion will be sent to those who RSVP. Please make sure to state the event name and date in your email.

: A conversation with Garrett Bradley and FoxandRob
Wednesday, September 30  |  6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)  

Time, a documentary film directed and produced by Garrett Bradley, follows Sibil Fox Richardson an entrepreneur, abolitionist and mother of six boys who has spent the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Robert Richardson, who is serving a 60-year sentence.


Combining the video diaries Fox has recorded for Robert over the years with intimate glimpses of her present-day life, director Garrett Bradley paints a mesmerizing portrait of the resilience and radical love necessary to prevail over the endless separations caused by the country’s prison-industrial complex. Clips from the film will be followed by a conversation with Garrett Bradley and subjects FoxandRob.
Co-sponsored by Department of Photography & Imaging

Garrett Bradley was born and raised in New York City. She works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States. Her collaborative and research-based approach to filmmaking is often inspired by the real-life stories of her subjects. For Bradley, this research takes multiple forms – deep dives into historical archives, in-depth dialogues prompted by Craigslist want-ads, or an extended engagement with the communities and individuals she seeks to represent. This results in works that combine both scripted and improvisatory scenes. Bradley’s films explore the space between fact and fiction, embracing modes of working and of representing history that blur the boundaries between traditional notions of narrative and documentary cinema. Her rigorous explorations of the social, economic, and racial politics of everyday life – its joys, pleasures, and pains – are lyrically and intimately rendered on screen.

In January of 2020, Bradley became the first Black woman to win the Best Director Award in the US Documentary Competition for her feature length documentary TIME. She also received the Sundance 2017 Jury Prize for the New York Times OpDocs short film ALONE, which went on to be shortlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards®. Bradley’s work can be seen across a variety of spaces including her second unit directing work on Ava DuVernay's WHEN THEY SEE US. Bradley's first solo museum exhibition, "American Rhapsody", was curated by Rebecca Matalon at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She has participated in two group shows, the 2019 Whitney Biennial, curated by Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, and "Bodies of Knowledge" at the New Orleans Museum of Art, curated by Katie Pfohl. Her first New York solo exhibition, “Projects: Garrett Bradley” will be curated by Thelma Golden, the Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and is currently scheduled for the fall of 2020. It will be presented as part of a multiyear partnership between The Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem and will feature a multichannel video installation of her film AMERICA (2019).

FoxandRob Rich are a popular New Orleans based couple who emerged in 2018 from 21-years of incarceration to become a prominent voice in the world of social justice. As the executive producers and hosts of A Conversation with FoxandRob, a weekly commentary on YouTube, and the founders of Rich Family Ministries, FoxandRob have committed their lives and their resources to not only bringing greater awareness, but also providing sustainable solutions to families suffering from the hardships associated with crime and punishment. Fox Rich, born Sibil Fox, is a graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees. The Richardson family matriarch is an Author, Motivational Speaker, and Social Entrepreneur using her voice to make a difference. Rob Rich, born Robert Richardson, is a 2019 Graduate of The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. This Patriarch of the Richardson clan is a counselor, Social Mentor, and Life Skills Coach to notable players of the NFL. FoxandRob Rich are the proud parents of six sons and are on a mission to change lives and laws through love.

Please RSVP:  by September  29. Link/invitation to join for virtual discussion will be sent to those who RSVP. Please make sure to state the event name and date in your email.


WOMEN VOTE: Black and Latinx Women Changing the Dynamics of American Politics
Thursday, October 1  |  5:30 – 6:30 PM (EST)


Black and LatinX Women Vote

Women of color—a diverse and increasingly active voting bloc—are a significant force in American politics. The Center For American Progress reports:  “Since 2000, the citizen voting-age population (CVAP) of women of color has increased by 59 percent—a gain of more than 13.5 million potential votes.  By contrast, the CVAP of non-Hispanic white women voters increased by just 8 percent during the same time span—an additional 6 million potential votes. In 2018, turnout among women of color voters also surged more than 15 percentage points compared with that of the previous midterm elections in 2014. Women of color also played a central role in engaging with and mobilizing others to participate. These factors suggest that women of color voters will play a critical role in upcoming elections.”

Sponsored by The 370 Jay Project. Co-sponsored by Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture

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Join us on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 pm (EST)
for a virtual talk. Opal Tometi, Co-Founder #BlackLivesMatter, will be in conversation with NYU Professors Pamela Newkirk and Deborah Willis.


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Opal Tometi is one of the most influential human rights leaders of our time. As one of the three women co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, digital platform, and chapter-based network, her name is etched in American history. Hailed as a feminist freedom fighter, Opal is respected for her track record of uniting communities, and is known for her thought leadership on race, immigration, and gender. In early 2019 she completed nearly a decade of service as the Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the first immigrant rights organization for people of African descent in the United States. Opal is also a trusted advisor to many formations, including Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. She has received numerous recognitions including an honorary PhD and was named among the 50 Most Influential People by ForbesMarie Claire and Cosmopolitan magazines. Opal was also honored by the City University of New York (CUNY) with a scholarship in her name to support immigrant students pursuing law degrees. Her most recent recognition includes winning the 2019 Coretta Scott King Center Award and Douglass 200 Award, and being featured in a video installation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African History and Culture for her contributions in thought-leadership for the betterment of the diaspora. As the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Opal has set her movement sights on an even bigger struggle: uplifting the global Black community. In 2020 she founded Diaspora Rising, a digital digest focused on pertinent issues of blackness around the world. When she’s not traveling the world or strategizing for social justice you can catch her dancing, riding a bike or adding to her Black art collection. And while she’s accomplished a lot to date, the truth is, Opal has only just begun.

Co-sponsored by Office of University and Public Affairs; Office of the Provost; Office of Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation; New York University Abu Dhabi; Office of the Dean Tisch School of the Arts; Department of Photography & Imaging; The 370 Jay Project; Women and Migrations Working Group; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Department of Social and Cultural Analysis; NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Women and Migration(s): Redefining Resistance: "Joy" as Resistance

Wednesday, October 7 (Session 7) and
Wednesday, October 28 (Session 8)
4:00 – 6:00 PM (EST)

Women have been part of global and historical movements of people, to escape war, to avoid persecution, for work, for security. Women have been uprooted, stolen, trafficked, enslaved; they have been displaced from land despoiled of resources and habitats lost to extreme weather patterns and climate change. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, displaced women can neither stay put nor return to the places from which they have fled; women are unequally in low-paid, high-risk, insecure “essential” employment, on the front lines of crisis. Women are also subjected to increasing violence, whether it be in domestic situations or the temporary and communal living arrangements in which women and girls in migratory situations are sheltered. In these 7th and 8th sessions of the eight-part series, we will continue to explore the importance of photography, art, film, history, law, policy and writing in identifying and remembering these migratory experiences.  Speakers will include Jennifer Bajorek, Bridget Cooks, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Carolina Mayorga, Muna Muhammad, Roshini Kempadoo, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Peju Alatise, and Qiana Mestrich.

Co-sponsored by NYU Washington, DC; NYU Brademas Center; Office of Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation; Department of Photography & Imaging; The 370 Jay Project; Women and Migrations Working Group; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture

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Screening of the Grammy nominated Two Trains Runnin’
Friday, October 9  |  5:00 – 7: 00 PM (EST)

A feature-length documentary by Sam Pollard (NYU Film & TV), narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr.


The film pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in America. Post-screening Q&A with director Sam Pollard, producer Ben Hedin and anthropologist Maureen Mahon (NYU Music Department)
Sponsored by Center for Media, Culture & History with co-sponsor from NYU Film & TV, Music Department, Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture; The Flaherty

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Debate Defends Democracy:  Race, Reconstruction and Voting Rights
Tuesday, October 13 |  05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

"Race, Reconstruction and Voting Rights" is the second program in the October series of DEBATE DEFENDS DEMOCRACY. The panel will discuss the long history of efforts to suppress Black voting, its impact on other minority voting, and challenges to voting rights that are a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Moderator, WNYC Legal Editor, Jami Floyd, will be joined by: Vanita Gupta, President & CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Richard Hasen, Professor of Law & Political Science, University of California, Irvine: and Rina Shah, Managing Director, Red Fort Strategies. 

DEBATE DEFENDS DEMOCRACY is presented by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy at Federal Hall in partnership with New York University and the National Park Service. Sponsored by The 370 Jay Project. Co-sponsored by Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture

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How to Have Sex in a Pandemic: Intimacy, Disease, & the Politics of Vulnerability
Thursday, October 15  |  6:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

A roundtable discussion with Kenyon FarrowAmber MusserJuana Maria Rodriguez, & Dean Spade; moderated by Chandan Reddy. This panel brings together queer/feminist scholars and activists to consider how the spread of COVID-19 – like prior pandemics – has impacted and disorganized our understandings of the body, the boundaries of public/private, intimacy, sex, risk, and the distribution of vulnerability and care.


Though vulnerability is everywhere present, why are racial disparities in the disease’s impact so often understood by moral and cultural explanations of individual responsibility?  What is the relationship between care labor, such as nursing, and other forms of intimate work, like sex work?  And why do so many people want to know how to have sex during contagious times? Why do such inquiries matter? How does AIDS shadow our experience of this newest pandemic, both in terms of formal state responses to the disease and insurgent, community-based initiatives?

Organized by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Performance Studies; Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture; and Latinx Project.

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A Virtual Talk with Alicia Garza
Thursday, October 22 |  12:00 PM (EDT)

Join us on Thursday, October 22 at 12pm for a virtual talk. Alicia Garza, Principal at Black Futures and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter will be in conversation with Dr. Lisa Coleman, NYU’s Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, and Chief Diversity Officer.

Our Lives, Our Vote
Saturday, October 24 |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
Join us this Saturday, October 24th at 3 pm for a virtual voting rally to hear why NYU students and alumni are voting, how organizers are getting out the student vote, the importance of youth voter engagement, and how you can cast your ballot during COVID-19!

Our Lives, Our Vote is hosted by Gen Votes NYU to help inspire our classmates to get out the vote. With help from the Tisch Undergraduate Student Council, we’re bringing together leading voting advocates and performers to this virtual voter rally. Come together alongside notable NYU Alumni to harness the power of our vibrant NYU community!

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Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora, edited by Grace Aneiza Ali
Tuesday, October 27  |  6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (EDT)

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) presents a conversation with Professor Grace Aneiza Ali (NYU Art & Public Policy), editor of the new publication Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora, and two of its contributors, artists Maya Mackrandilal and Suchitra Mattai. The conversation, moderated by Professor Aisha Khan (NYU Anthropology), will expand on Indian narratives of migration in the Guyanese Diaspora featured in the book and the role of art in telling our migration stories.
Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at NYU.

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Tyler Mitchell in conversation with Deborah Willis and Joan Morgan
Thursday, October 29 |  4:00 – 5:00  PM  (EST)

In his first published monograph, Tyler Mitchell, one of America's distinguished photographers, imagines what a Black utopia could look like.


I Can Make You Feel Good, is a 206-page celebration of photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell's distinctive vision of a Black utopia. The book unifies and expands upon Mitchell's body of photography and film from his first US solo exhibition at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. Each page of I Can Make You Feel Good is full bleed and bathed in Mitchell's signature candy-colored palette. With no white space visible, the book's design mirrors the photographer's all-encompassing vision which is characterized by a use of glowing natural light and rich color to portray the young Black men and women he photographs with intimacy and optimism. The monograph features written contributions from Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), Deborah Willis (Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University), Mirjam Kooiman (Curator, Foam) and Isolde Brielmaier (Curator-at-Large, ICP), whose critical voices examine the cultural prevalence of Mitchell's reimagining of the Black experience. Based in Brooklyn, Mitchell works across many genres to explore and document a new aesthetic of Blackness. He is regularly published in avant-garde magazines, commissioned by prominent fashion houses, and exhibited in renowned art institutions, Mitchell has lectured at many such institutions including Harvard University, Paris Photo and the International Center of Photography (ICP), on the politics of image making.

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L.A. Rebellion Short Films
Thursday, November 5 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)


Selection of short films from the L.A. Rebellion film movement (1967-1989), followed by a discussion by JOSSLYN LUCKETT (Cinema Studies) and MICHELE PRETTYMAN (Fordham), scholar on film, media, and African American visual culture. Moderator: JON-SESRIE-GOFF (The Flaherty).

Co-sponsors: NYU Cinema Studies and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture; The Flaherty

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Black Girls Are Magic and Professional: A Conversation with Digital Creators
Dr. Yaba Blay and CaShawn Thompson
Moderated by Dr. Joan Morgan
Tuesday, November 10 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM (EST)

In this brief introduction to her projects #ProfessionalBlackGirl and #JudgementFreeZone, Dr. Yaba Blay will introspect about how her personal and professional journeys have inspired her to engage BLACK JOY as a methodology for resistance. In her talk “Black Girl Joy As Resistance: Utilizing Your Magic” CaShawn Thompson asks: What can we do as Black women to cultivate joy in our everyday lives? How worthy of joy do you think you are?


Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist, content creator, and cultural consultant whose work centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a particular focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, she has launched several viral campaigns including 'Locs of Love,' #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl, her multi-platform digital community. Widely respected as one of the foremost thought leaders on Black racial identity, colorism, and beauty politics, her commentary is featured in A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond, a permanent installation exhibited in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. Blay is the author of the award-winning One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, which will be republished by Beacon Press in February 2021.

CaShawn Thompson is a  proud native of Washington, D.C. and the brilliant mind behind Black Girls Are Magic and the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic. She believes in the phenomenal power and skill of Black women and girls. CaShawn is a passionate advocate of the work, will, and wonder of Black women and you can find her championing their many causes in her everyday life and online.  She lives right outside of her hometown of Washington, D.C. in Mount Rainier, MD with her husband, two cats, and various children and grandchildren visiting daily.


The Making and Unpacking of Beyoncé’s Black Is King
A Virtual Conversation with Co-creators and Scholars
Thursday, November 19 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)

Join the film's contributors co-Director Kwasi Fordjour, producer/songwriter MELO-X, co-writer Clover Hope along with musician/scholar Dr. Jason King, ethnomusicologist Dr. Fredara Mareva Hadley and Center for Black Visual Culture program director Dr. Joan Morgan as they discuss the creative process and cultural impact of this diasporic project. Moderated by Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Co-Sponsored with Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts

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Art, Storytelling, and Starting Young
With NYU students Maya Aristimuño, Ashley Pena, Denise Stephanie and Sophia Wilson
Monday, November 23 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM (EST)

When it comes to balancing social life and work, these girls have it on lock. Discussing what it means to “make it”, how they discovered their creative paths, and what it’s like as young female entrepreneurs to have “free time”, these NYU students will unpack the mysteries and the successes of their careers and personal lives thus far.

Co-sponsored with Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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Global Scholars & Innovators: A Lecture with Keisha N. Blain
The Struggle for Black Lives: Global Visions and Historical Legacies
Thursday, December 3 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM (EST)

Liberal Studies, in collaboration with the NYU BeTogether Global Scholars & Innovators Series, is thrilled to welcome NYU students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, the public and other members of the NYU community to the latest installment of the Global Lecture Series, which each year brings an internationally renowned speaker to Washington Square Campus. This year’s lecture is part of the LS NYUWomXn100 and Black Lives in Global Contexts series. Historian, author, and professor Keisha N. Blain will speak on The Struggle for Black Lives: Global Visions and Historical Legacies.

Sponsored by:
The Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI); NYU-Center for Black Visual Culture/Institute of African American Affairs; NYU Department of History; along with support from school-based partners and other offices across NYU.

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The Future of Afro-Latinx Studies
Friday, December 4 |  3:00 –  5:35 PM (EST)

A symposium sponsored by The Latinx Project featuring applicants to the Inaugural Miriam Jiménez Román Fellowship, with moderators: Lorgia García-Peña - Latinx Studies Scholar and Writer, Zaire Dinzey - Rutgers University, Amarilys Estrella - John Hopkins University, and Omaris Zamora - Rutgers University.

Co-Sponsored by NYU Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture and Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (CSAAD).

Image: Danielle de Jesus “For Henrietta Wood”. Oil, acrylic, newspaper and fabric on linen

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Evidence of Things Seen:
A Conversation with Christopher Stahling and Steven G. Fullwood
Monday, December 7 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM (EST)

Who authorizes the storyteller? Who offers our communities spaces to be archived and to be heard? How is Black joy archived?


Who authorizes the storyteller? Who offers our communities spaces to be archived and to be heard? How is Black joy archived? What sustains the builders of archives? These and other questions will be addressed by Christopher Stahling, founder of the In the Life 2.0 project in conversation with Steven G. Fullwood, public archivist and filmmaker. Throughout their conversation, Stahling and Fullwood will share information about their current archival projects, ITL 2.0, the Black Theatre Commons and the Nomadic Archivist Project, as well as the challenges and joys of working with and for community archives.

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