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Stories, podcasts and videos to enrich your Black History Month
Celebrated each February, Black History Month remembers and recognizes the key people and events in the history of the African diaspora. This Black History Month learn about UCI Humanities scholars and research we’re proud to celebrate year-round. What follows is a series of multimedia opportunities to engage with the people and research making a difference today.
Meet literary journalism majors Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen who amplify and highlight Black voices through their podcast and video interview series.
Learn more about the lives of those lost in the Atlantic slave trade from Kathie Foley-Meyer, a Ph.D. candidate in visual studies, who is working to memorialize their lives.
See how Jessica Millward, associate professor of history, and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, associate professor of African American studies, are cultivating the next generation of Black academics.
Discover the intersection of literature and physics in the first book from John Murillo III, assistant professor of African American studies.
Learn about the revolutionary critical theory called Afropessimism from the scholar most associated with it, Frank B. Wilderson III, Chancellor’s Professor of African American studies.
Meet Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, the UCI School of Humanities’ new equity advisor.
Majoring in African American studies at UCI
Addressing prospective undergraduate students, a panel of professors in the Department of African American Studies discuss the major.
A student-led interview series highlights School of Humanities faculty, staff, students and alumni about pivotal moments in their lives.
Three UCI scholars reflect on the persistence of anti-Black violence and harm during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pacific worlds: Indigeneity, Blackness, and resistance
Watch a symposium on indigeneity and Blackness featuring experts in Black Pacific studies.
Discussing the roots of racism in medicine
Watch Douglas M. Haynes, professor of history, discuss the troubling legacy of racism in medicine.
The 2%: Navigating UCI as a Black Student | Anteater TV
Watch an original documentary from film and media studies major Iyanna Blackburn about what it’s like navigating UCI as a Black student.
The cultural significance of visual representation
Learn why there is a need for comprehensive, widespread change in visual culture from Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of African American studies and art history.
A tale of prison and writing a novel
Find out how Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and English Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s time in a Kenyan prison was critical to writing his influential novel, The Devil on the Cross.
Douglas M. Haynes, professor of history, discusses the impact of Black Lives Matter, what is next with the movement and UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative.
The meaning and importance of Juneteenth
Understand the history behind Juneteenth and the decades upon decades of continued struggle Blacks face, with Jessica Millward, associate professor of history.
The Black Index (Present — March 20)
Explore The Black Index, an exhibition curated by Bridget R. Cooks that features six artists, whose work represents a new index for understanding Black subjects.
Frank B. Wilderson III in conversation with Jocelyn Burrell (February 3)
Join Frank B. Wilderson III as he discusses his latest book, Afropessimism.
UCI Great Big Read Book Club discussion on Becoming by Michelle Obama (February 11)
Discuss Michelle Obama’s Becoming during a book club led by Jessica Millward, associate professor of history.
AICRE+PHILOSOPHY (February 15)
Join AICRE for a panel on how Western philosophy has often situated Black life as degraded.
Discussion panel on “Trading Places” (February 25)
Join the Humanities Equity Advisor for a discussion of the film “Trading Places.”
Bridget R. Cooks on The Black Index (February 26)
Learn more about The Black Index from the curator herself, Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of African American studies and art history, in this webinar from the Black Faculty and Staff Association.
Discussion panel on “Get Out” (February 26)
Tune in for a panel on the 2017 hit, “Get Out,” featuring scholars of English, film and media studies, and political science.
Watch Party and Discussion of “Perro Bomba” (2019) March 3
Watch the film, “Perro Bomba,” and then join a discussion of the film led by Sandra Harvey, assistant professor of African American studies.
UCI’s Office of Inclusive Excellence
Led by Douglas M. Haynes, professor of history, UCI’s Office of Inclusive Excellence provides education and programming around dismantling systemic barriers of racism. Learn about the Black Thriving Initiative and enroll in the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program (open to UCI staff, faculty, and students).