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50 YEARS/$50,000

AAS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City, IA

African American Studies at the University of Iowa is celebrating 50 years on the UI campus! We postponed the event last fall because of COVID. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the AAS Darwin Turner Endowment. A portion of the luncheon will be a tax-deductible donation and/or you can make a specific (additional) donation toward the goal.

If you're unable to attend, please consider donating by going to Give To Iowa and searching for "Darwin Turner African American Studies Fund."

Celebration Schedule: Thursday, October 28th

10:00am - 11:00am: UI AAS History Panel
11:00am - 12:30pm: UI AAS Alumni & Current Student Panel
12:40pm - 2:20pm: AAS Darwin Turner Endowment Fundraising Luncheon
2:30pm - 4:00pm: UI AAS Faculty Research Panel

Ida Beam Keynote Speakers

Dr. Amicar Shabazz
Wednesday, October 27th at 6pm in Shambaugh Auditorium (Main Library)

President of the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS)
Professor of History and Africana Studies in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems
Friday, October 29th at 6pm in Shambaugh Auditorium (Main Library)

Author of Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves (1993, 2nd ed. 2019) and editor of Africana Paradigms.
Professor of English at the University of Missouri (Ph.D. 1988, University of Iowa)

Darwin Turner Fundraising Luncheon

Purchase your AAS Darwin Turner Fundraising luncheon tickets today $50 ($20 lunch/$30 donation): Darwin Turner Fundraising Luncheon Tickets

If you'd like to donate more than $30, please go to Give To Iowa and search for "Darwin Turner African American Studies Fund."

Slide Show: What can you do with a degree in African American Studies?

If you have a degree in African American Studies, we want you to be part of our AAS slide show for the
celebration! Send a photo and bio that includes degree received and year graduated, along with your
occupation and other achievements. Deadline September 30, 2021.

Example of a slide show submission:

Clenora Huston-Weems

Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems (Ph.D. UI 1988)
Author of Africana Paradigms, Practices and Literary Texts: Evoking Social Justice (2021), and Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves (2019), editor of Africana Paradigms, and Professor, Department of English, University of Missouri - Columbia.

Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room today at the Hilton Garden Inn ($119): https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/I/IOWDOGI-AAP-20211027/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

If you have questions, contact Venise Berry at venise-berry@uiowa.edu or 319-337-7557.