Africana Studies


Contact Us

For more information about Africana Studies at Bard College or questions about this site:

Tabetha Ewing
Director of Africana Studies
Tel: 845-758-6822 x7548
Office: Fairbairn 205
Bard College
PO Box 5000
New York 12504-5000

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Past Events



Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Middle Eastern Studies 
Open House 
Kline, Faculty Dining Room  5:00 pm
Come celebrate the end of the year with fellow MESers. Meet faculty, hear about exciting new courses, study abroad programs, senior projects, and a number of incredible iniatives MES students are working on. Snacks will be served. All are welcome.
Sponsored by: Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Dina Ramadan  845-758-7506
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Black Power on the Inside: African Americans and Africa in the Radical 1980s
Dr. Benjamin A. Talton
Associate Professor, Temple University

Olin, Room 102  5:30 pm

The 1980s was the highpoint of African American political power and direct political engagement with Africa.    A small group of African American lawmakers in the 1980s brought the radical activism of the 1960s and early 1970s to Congress.  Through their protests, legislation and coalition building African Americans achieved their greatest influence on U.S. foreign policy in U.S. history.  Within this brief political moment, their efforts helped transform the relationship between the United States and Africa.  ​
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Tabetha Ewing  845-758-6822
Friday, March 31, 2017
A Reading by Dawn Lundy Martin
The author of Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life reads from her poems
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  5:00 pm
At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in Bard Hall, the John Ashbery Poetry Series presents a reading by Dawn Lundy Martin.

The activist poet and editor, winner of the Cave Canem Prize and Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry, and cofounder of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh is also the author of such books as A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, Discipline, and the forthcoming Good Stock Strange Blood.

Introduced by Ann Lauterbach and followed by a conversation and Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

"Every time I read Good Stock Strange Blood, a new, deepened book awaits me. Which is to say, it’s got trap doors, trick sleeves; it takes swerves, detours, and dives. Dawn Lundy Martin’s poems read like a real-time excavation of what poetry can and can't do; how the past is never past; how to stand in the blur, the 'griefmouth' of personal and collective pain and somehow—against all odds—make thought, make fury, make song. We need this resilience, this bloody reckoning, this wit and nuance, now." —Maggie Nelson

"A relentless pressure placed on the body that is fetishized, shackled, split, strangled, beaten, hated, compressed, trashed, drowned, measured, mirrored, dragged, discarded, disappeared, opened, punctured, displayed, encased. The question of 'what allows the body to survive' is at the heart of Good Stock Strange Blood. If there's an answer in this book to that question, then perhaps it has to do with how we confront and give words and breath and sound and silence to a life of meticulously drawn images that are ghostly, brutal, and vivifying." —Daniel Borzutzky
Sponsored by: John Ashbery Poetry Series
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Brazilian Dance Workshop
Hosted by Brazilian Dance Club
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come learn how to do Brazilian Dance or continue to learn if you came to our workshop last weekend!  We are going to go over many styles of Brazilian Dance including samba and Afro-Brazilian! No experience necessary!
Contact: Sophia Lopez  510-333-8433