Past Events

2015

"The Struggle of Afro-Cubans for Equality. 19th-20th Centuries"
By Aline Helg, Professor of Latin American History at the University of Geneva, Switzerland
Friday, October 23, 2015
Leadership Auditorium, Room 2501 Student Center

"Trafficking Identities: People, Questions, and Black Authors in 21st Century Cuban Literature"
By Roberto Zurbano, Cuban journalist, essayist, cultural critic, past editor and publisher of the Casa de las Americas publishing house, past vice-president of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC).
Friday, October 23, 2015
Leadership Auditorium, Room 2501 Student Center

"Cities, Affect, and Citizenship:  The Case of Igiaba Scego"
By Graziella Parati, Paul D. Pagnucci Professor of Italian Language and Literature at Dartmouth College
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Mark Twain room, N206 Memorial Union

MU in Rwanda: Lessons Learned
Friday, April 3, 2015 from 2:00 to 7:00
Student Center, room 2206 A-B

"Racial Democracy in Latin America: Lessons from the Cuban Revolution"
by Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics,  Professor of African and African American Studies and of History, and Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:30 in the Leadership Auditorium, Room 2501, Student Center

2014

"Literary Discourses in the Spanish- and French-Speaking  Caribbean: From Negritude to 'Negrismo' to the Creole"
by Professor  Landry-Wilfrid Miampika from the University of Alcalá, Spain 
Friday,  November 14, 2014, at 4:00 in the Arts and Science Building, room 113 

"The Missouri premiere of: Nancy  Morejón, Famous Landscapes"
A film produced and directed in Cuba  by Dr. Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, Professor of Romance Languages and  Literatures, University of Missouri-Columbia
Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00  pm, Leadership Auditorium,  2501 MU Student Center 
and distinguished guest speakers: 

  • Dr. Efrain Barradas, University of  Florida-Gainesville: "Peñalver, 52: The House, The  Sea"
  • Dr. Patricia González, Smith  College: "Nancy Morejón: Weaving Water  Worlds" 

"Healing:  Rwanda, 20 Years  Later"
by Step UP! American  Association for Rwandan Women, and Emmanuel Habimana, Rwandan genocide survivor
Friday, April 11, 2014  at 5:00 in Memorial Union North 214-215

"Right, Where  Really is the Western Sahara? Saharawi Writer's Strategies of Representation in  the Digital Age,"  by Professor Dorothy  Odartey-Wellington from the University of Guelph, Canada
Friday, March 7, 2014,  at 4:00 in the Arts and Science Building, room 114

Two-day Event with Afro-Italian Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu

  • "African-Americans  and the Double Victory: Inside Buffalo (2010)", movie screening  and discussion with Afro-Italian Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu, Tuesday, February 25,  2014, at 5:00 in Strickland Hall 105 

  • "Ethnicity,  National Identity, and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy: 18 Ius Soli (2012)", movie screening and discussion with Afro-Italian Filmmaker Fred  Kuwornu, Wednesday, February 26,  2014, at 3:30 in Tate Hall 215

2013

"The International Context of Cuban Abolition: Masters and Slaves in Felix Tanco's Anti-Slavery Narrative," by Professor Adriana Mendez from the University of Iowa
Friday, October 11, 2013, at 4:00 in the Arts and Science Building, room 113

"Ethnic Differences in African Literatures," by Professor Justo Bolekia from the University of Salamanca, Spain
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 4:00 in the Arts and Science Building, room 113

Professor Robaina’s Visit, University of Missouri-Columbia
February 13, 2013

"Are We Moving Forward with the Fight Against Racism in Cuba," by Professor Tomás Fernández Robaina from the National Library of Havana, Cuba
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 4:00 in Arts Science 113

2012

Conference: Cultural Bricolage: Artist Books of Cuba’s Ediciones Vigía
November 11-13, 2012

Post-Conference Event: Poetry Reading by Nancy Morejón and Salgado Maranhao,
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 105 Strickland at 4:00 PM
Nancy Morejón, Cuban Poet Laureate
Salgado Maranhao, Brazilian Poet Laureate
For more information and to see the full program, go to the conference website: http://vigia.missouri.edu/

"The Slave Trade in the Southern Atlantic:  Shifting Paradigms" by MU Professor of History Daniel Domingues
Friday, October 26, 2012, at 4:00 in Memorial Union S203

Symposium: Genocide in Rwanda
Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28, 2012
Keynote addresses:
Carl Wilkens: “Why I Chose to Stay in Rwanda,” Friday, April 27, 7:00 P.M., Ellis Auditorium (Ellis Library Building)
Canadian Senator Roméo Dallaire: “Are All Humans Human?”, Saturday, April 28, 3:30, Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall, room 201

Non Profits in the Favela: Rio’s NGOs in Contemporary Brazilian Film: Professor Paul Sneed
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 3:30 in Memorial Union S207

2011

Symposium on Slave Narrative and Racial Issues in Cuba
Monday, September 19, 2011 3:30-5:30, Memorial Union N103A
Speakers: Dr. Marlène Marty and Dr. Victorien Lavou from France

Mark Schuller: Poto Mitan: Haitian Women Pillars of the Global Economy
Friday, September 16, 2011

Georgina Herrera: A Twentieth-Century Maroon Symposium
Friday, April 29, 2011
Morning sessions in the Legends room of Myzou Rec Center
Afternoon sessions at the Black Culture Center

Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo: Equatorial Guinea: Culture and Politics
Monday, April 18, 2011 in Arts and Science, 113

Jan Hoffman French: Legalizing Identities: Becoming Black or Indian in Brazil's Northeast
Friday, March 11, 2011 at 3:30, Black Culture Center

Jean-Germain Gros: Anatomy of a Natural Disaster: When the Fury of Nature Meets the Debility of the State
Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 3:30, Black Culture Center

Reyneld Sanon: Housing Rights, Evictions, and the Displaced
Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 3:30, Black Culture Center

Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell: The Company of Heaven
Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 3:30, Black Culture Center

Gina Ulysse : I am a Storm
Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 3:30, Black Culture Center

2010

William Luis: Blacks, Slaves, and Antislavery Narrative: The Emergence of Cuba's National Literature
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.

Nancy Morejón: Bilingual poetry reading
Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 4:30
Museum of Anthropology

Gloria Rolando Lecture: 1912 Breaking the Silence
Friday, April 9, 2010, 4:00 - 6:00pm
114 Arts & Science building
Lecture sponsored by the MU Afro-Romance Institute, the Ragtag Cinema, and the Sonya Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Doris Lorraine Garraway Lecture: Print, Publics, and the Universal in King Henry Christophe's Haiti
Friday, April 16, 2010 3:30pm
Memorial Union North 201-202 (Mark Twain Room)

2009

Juan Manuel Davies Lecture: Equatorial Guinea Before and After Independence
November 12, 2009

Haitian Vodou, History, and Culture seminar
October 16, 2009

Film Screening and Dialogue with Filmmaker
Eat for This Is My Body (Mange, ceci est mon corps)
October 14 and 15, 2009