On October 28, 2021, African American Studies at the University of Iowa celebrated 50 years on the UI campus!
We are very close to our initial goal of raising $50,000 for the Darwin Turner African American Studies fund, so if you would like to contribute, please go to Give To Iowa and search for "Darwin Turner African American Studies Fund."
50th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, October 28th
10:00am - 11:00am: UI AAS History Panel (Hilton Garden Inn)
Dr. Venise Berry | creation of AAS Studies
Dr. James Robinson | overview of AAS at University of Iowa
Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems | experience in AAS at UI
11:00am - 12:30pm: UI AAS Alumni & Current Student Panel (Hilton Garden Inn)
Ever Taylor | UI AAS Senior
Tiana Warner | UI AAS Senior
Caleb Rainey | UI AAS B.A. ‘17
Tristan Schmidt | UI AAS B.A. ‘19
MichaelJulius Idani | Writers’ Workshop M.F.A. & AAS Graduate Certificate
12:40pm - 2:20pm: AAS Darwin Turner Endowment Fundraising Luncheon (Hilton Garden Inn VUE Rooftop)
Welcome | Dr. Roland Racevskis | Associate Dean, CLAS
Performance | Dr. Damani Phillips | Associate Professor, AAS & Music
Remarks | Dr. Barbara Wilson | President, University of Iowa
Spoken Word | Tiana Warner & Ever Taylor | AAS Majors
Guest Speaker | Dr. Amilcar Shabazz | President, National Council of Black Studies & Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Spoken Word | Caleb Rainey, The Negro Artist | AAS Alum
Presentation | Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Recognitions & Thank You | Dr. Venise Berry | DEO & Professor, AAS
2:30pm - 4:00pm: UI AAS Faculty Research Panel (Hilton Garden Inn)
Dr. Victor Ray | Associate Professor, AAS & Sociology
T.J. Dedeaux-Norris | Assistant Professor, AAS & Art and Art History
Dr. Venise Berry | Professor, AAS & Journalism and Mass Communication
Ida Beam Keynote Speakers
Wednesday, October 27th
Dr. Amilcar Shabazz (Shambaugh Auditorium)
"Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equality in Higher Education"
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
Friday, October 29th
Dr. Clenora Hudson-Weems (Shambaugh Auditorium)
"Africana Womanism: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison as a Model Africana Womanist Artivist for Social Justice"
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)