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50 YEARS/$50,000

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)

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

50th Anniversary Slideshow