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Roundtable conversation moderated by Pamela Newkirk, with Paula Giddings, Shola Lynch, Louise Greaves, sculptor Richard Hunt, and Michelle Duster, great granddaughter of Ida B. Wells

Location: New York University Kimmel Center for University Life 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY, United States

Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (1989, 55 min) by filmmaker William Greaves retells the dramatic life and […]


Artist-in-Residence: Rokia Traoré

The Artist-in-Residence Program, first initiated by IAAA in 1996, has become one of the most respected and well attended programs at New York University with audiences particularly attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of the programs. This semester we welcome Malian musician superstar Rokia Traoré. Through three programs curated by her, she shares her work, ideas and philosophy […]

Skirball Talks: Angela Davis “Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of Black Lives Matter” Lecture Series

Location: NYU Skirball 60 Washington Square South, New York, United States

What are the different tools for combating racism today, after Obama’s presidency and the backlash of the Trump regime? What do the tools of struggle and emancipation look like, and do aesthetics play a role? Please join us as activist, scholar and writer Angela Davis discusses in the “Politics & Aesthetics in the Era of […]



La Maison Française 16 Washington Mews, New York, NY, United States

With director Amandine Gay in conversation with art historian Sandrine Colard and poet/scholar Sylvie Kandé as respondent. In this installation of the 21st Century/New African and African Diaspora Writings and Arts Series, women of African descent in France and Belgium converse about what it means to be a woman today and belong to the Afro community in the documentary film Speak Up […]


Thursday, February 28, 2019 In sports the over representation of the black male body as object occupies a space for continuous and expected physical performance. The heightened spectator gaze can vacillate from doting fan to menacing crowd especially now when more professional athletes are actively choosing to exercise their voices on social justice issues. The […]

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