Film showing TONIGHT @The Stone Center: Cuba – An African Odyssey Part 2

Looking for something to do tonight?  Check out the following announcement:

Cuba: An African Odyssey Part 2

With a Post-Film discussion moderated by Dr. Firoze Manji

Free and Open to the Public

When: Monday March 28  @ 7pm
Where: Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
In this ambitious and revealing documentary, Egyptian-French filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri traces the history of Cuban solidarity with African liberation movements in the 1960s and 70s. It begins in 1965 when Che Guevara led a group of Cuban revolutionary fighters in an unsuccessful attempt to support the struggle for true independence in the Congo. Part 2 moves to Cuba’s role in the struggles against Portuguese colonialism in Guinea-Bissau and Angola.
Cuba: An African Odyssey combines remarkable archival footage—much of it never before seen in the U.S.—with an amazing cast of participants showing Cuba’s pivotal role in the liberation movements in Africa. Over 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries, one of many examples of Cuba’s true internationalism.
A post-film discussion will be moderated by special guest Dr. Firoze Manji, who is visiting UNC this week.  Dr. Manji is editor-in-chief of Pambazuka news, produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations – academics, policy makers, social activists, women’s organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.
This showing is part of a film series that examines the legacy of the Black radical tradition.  Future showings include:
April 4: W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices
April 18: American Revolution 2
April 25: Bastards of the Party
All showings begin at 7pm in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
**Co-Sponsored by the Black Student Movement**

TODAY at 5:30 – lecture by journalist Helene Cooper

Check out the following press release for a great opportunity taking place on campus later TODAY:

The curriculum in Global Studies is proud to present

A Public Lecture with Helene Cooper
March 22nd |  5:30 PM  |   FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
“Helene Cooper is a globally renowned journalist and the author of the acclaimed memoir The House at Sugar Beach. She has reported from war-torn regions across the globe for The Wall Street Journal and now writes for the New York Times as their White House correspondent in Washington, D.C.
Cooper was born in Liberia to a family descended from the American freed slaves that colonized the country. At age fourteen, she fled to the United States to escape the violence of a bloody coup. Graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and mass communication, Cooper began her career covering trade, politics, race and foreign policy. She later worked as a foreign correspondent and reported on conflicts from Europe to the Middle East.
Known for her rigorous investigation and insightful reporting, Cooper has received significant praise for her work. She employed these talents in the research and writing of her two books: an edited collection of the work of her colleague Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by the Taliban in 2002, and the New York Times bestselling memoir The House at Sugar Beach, which traces her trajectory from a privileged child to a refugee to an American journalist while examining the violence and stratification that troubles her homeland Liberia.”

This week at the Stone Center: "To Buy the Sun" (3/22) & African Diaspora Lecture (3/23)

Greetings, faithful readers!  Here are a couple of fabulous opportunities taking place this week at the Stone Center.  Check out the links for more details, or make use of the contact information provided.

Stone Center.  FREE  admission.  Contact: Joscelyne Brazile 843-2669.

Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. Contact:, (919) 962-9001.
Hope to see you there! 🙂

TONIGHT at the Stone Center: Black History Month Read-In

TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m., UNC’s Carolina Black Caucus is hosting an evening of culture, cuisine, and literature related to the African Diaspora.


Black History Month Read-In
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hitchcock Room, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

“This special event features readings related to or written by descendants of the African Diaspora read by members of the university community”
For more details: or 919-843-0336

This THURSDAY (2/24): "Race and Place Identities among Oklahoma's 'All Black Towns' in the 21st Century"

This Thursday (2/24), UNC professor Karla Slocum (anthropology & Afro-American studies) will present a lecture on her ongoing research with residents of black towns in Oklahoma as part of the Spring 2011 Colloquium Series sponsored by the Department of African & Afro-American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill.

“Race and Place Identities among Oklahoma’s ‘All Black Towns’ in the 21st Century”, a lecture by Karla Slocum
Thursday, February 24
12-1 pm
Global Education Center (GEC) Room 4003

If you’re interested in more events like these, stay tuned!  The colloqium series continues in March with a lecture by Kenneth Janken, professor of Afro-American Studies at UNC-CH. entitled “The Several Faces of Black Power in Eastern North Carolina: The Case of the Wilmington Ten.” Professor Janken’s research focuses on 20th century African American history and he is currently working on a research project on the Wilmington Ten.  This talk will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 4-5pm in the Global Education Center (room TBA).

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming EVENT: Feb. 22 Poetry reading by Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad

This coming Tuesday, February 22nd, The UNC-CH University Library Diversity Committee invites you to attend a poetry reading by Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing @ A&T Program at North Carolina A&T State University.  Free and open to the public, this reading is part of the series “Exploring Diversity Through the Cultural and Performing Arts,” sponsored by the University Library Diversity Committee, with assistance from the UNC Performing Arts and Special Activities Fund.
Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad is an award-winning poet, speaker, disability rights advocate, and founder of the Black Ink Writers Workshop for writers of the African Diaspora in Greensboro.  She began losing her eyesight in 1998 while completing her doctoral studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Accolades for her work include a Margaret Walker Alexander Award for Poetry, the Robert Frost Prize in Poetry, the Southern Literary Festival Prize for Poetry and two Janef Preston Prizes for Poetry from The Academy of American Poets.
Dr. Ahmad is the author of necessary kindling, a collection of poems published by Louisiana State University Press, which is available here at the Stone Center Library.


Poetry reading by Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
2-3 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Contact: Katelyn Ander,, (919) 962-2559

Friday, Feb 18: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson

Coming up this FRIDAY, Feb. 18 at 5:30pm, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson will discuss her new book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center. This event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, but REGISTRATION is required, so make sure to sign up ASAP. Hope to see you there!
Also, don’t forget that the Triangle African American History Colloqium’s 5th annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference kicks off this Friday, with a keynote address by Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham.  So many great events on campus, so little time!

Lecture TOMORROW (2/15): "Representing Race: the Queen of Sheba's fate in the Middle Ages"

Check out the event announcement below for details on an interesting guest lecture taking place TOMORROW evening:
Dr. Lynn Ramey, Associate Professor of French at Vanderbilt University, will present a lecture entitled “Representing Race: the Queen of Sheba’s fate in the Middle Ages.” Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the African Studies Center, and the Center for Global Initiatives.

When Feb 15, 2011
from 05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Where Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
Contact Name Sahar Amer
Contact Phone 962-0112

In her lecture, Dr. Ramey will reflect upon the ways in which color difference was understood, questioned, manipulated, and/or erased in medieval French literature. She will discuss the medieval association of race with skin color and the ways in which the Queen of Sheba was represented in both literature and art as black because of her association with the East. As she presents and analyzes different portraits of Sheba, both verbal and pictorial, Dr. Ramey will offer some conclusions about the ways in which a black woman was perceived in the medieval West.
Dr. Ramey is a well-established scholar who works on cross-cultural (Muslims and Christians) encounters in the Middle Ages, on questions of hybridity, race, and miscegenation in medieval French literature and film. She has published Christian, Saracen and Genre in Medieval French Literature (New York: Routledge, 2001) and co-edited several volumes and collections of essays, including Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema (New York: Palgrave, 2007). She is currently completing a book entitled “Race” and the European Middle Ages (under contract, University of Florida Press).