Africana Studies


Contact Us

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

Drew Thompson
Director of Africana Studies
Tel: 845-758-6822 x4600
Office: Hopson 303
Bard College
PO Box 5000
New York 12504-5000

Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    Bard Globalization and International Affairs Professional Development Info Session 
    Resume writing
    Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT/GMT-4
    Location: Online Event
    more >

  • Oct
    Bard Globalization and International Affairs Professional Development Info Session
    Cutting-edge cover letters
    Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
    Location: Online Event
    more >

  • Oct
    Bard Globalization and International Affairs Professional Development Info Session
    Mastering the Interview
    Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
    Location: Online Event
    more >

  • Oct
    Performing Realization: The Sufi Music Videos and Hip-Hop of Senegal
    Dr. Oludamini Ogunnaike
    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
    Location: Online Event
    more >

Past Events



Sunday, November 17, 2013
Learn Capoeira this Sunday!
Bard beginner workshop with professional instructors.
Stevenson Athletic Center, Aerobics Studio  THIS SUNDAY (NOV 17TH) there is a Capoeira workshop at 12 (noon) in the aerobics rooms of Stevenson Gym. Instructor Sabia' will once again bring his Capoeira Luanda school to teach beginners how to "play" the sport.All levels are welcome, especially complete beginners, as Sabia' has a wonderful ability to convey the movements quickly. Hope you can join us and, please, BRING FRIENDS!Capoeira is an African-Brazilian martial art that incorporates acrobatics, dance, music, and songs in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind, and spirit. It is a communal game in which two opponents play each other inside the roda (a circle), formed by the other players who create rhythm for the game by clapping, singing and playing the berimbaus (African traditional instruments, considered the soul of Capoeira) and other key instruments. The two opponents compete with each other using capoeira movements, camouflaging the self defense kicks and moves with playful acrobatics and dance-like moves spontaneously creating strategy to fool their partner and catch them off guard.
Contact: Taun Toay  845-532-1453
Download: Sabia Capoeira Poster.pdf
Monday, November 4, 2013
Rethinking South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Reem-Kayden Center 115  Adam Sitze
Amherst College
Assistant Professor of Law, Jourisprudence, and Social Thought

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Political Studies Program
Contact: Drew Thompson  845-758-4600
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Poetry Reading: Omar Berrada and Sarah Riggs
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents: Omar Berrada and Sarah Riggs reading from their work, including bilingual translations from the Arabic and French
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  Sarah Riggs is the author of Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Waterwork (Chax Press, 2007), and Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street Editions, 2007). Currently she is completing a series of cinepoems called Six Lives, which include “Hudson,” “Brest,” “Brooklyn,” and “Skye.” Her book of essays, Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens, Bishop, and O’Hara, was published by Routledge in 2002. She has translated or co-translated from the French the poets Isabelle Garron, Marie Borel, Etel Adnan, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and, most recently, Oscarine Bosquet. A member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas, she lives in Paris, where she is a professor at NYU-in-France. Her new book, Pomme & Granite, is forthcoming with 1913 press.Writer and translator Omar Berrada grew up in Casablanca and lives between France and Morocco, where he directs the library and translation center at Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech. He is a member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change and of the intercultural arts non-profit Tamaas. He has translated, alone or in company, usually into French, sometimes into English, texts by Jennifer Moxley, Rod Mengham, Lisa Jarnot, Kathleen Fraser, Stanley Cavell, Robert Glück, Kristin Prevallet, Avital Ronell, Forrest Gander, Marie Borel, Jalal Toufic, and others. He recently edited, with Erik Bullot, Expanded Translation—A Treason Treatise (2011), a book of joyful verbal and visual betrayals; and, with Yto Barrada, Album—Cinémathèque de Tanger (2012), a multilingual book about film in Tangier and Tangier on film.
Contact: Chelsea Camp  845-758-7887
Thursday, September 26, 2013
NYU Study Abroad Tabling in Campus Center
Campus Center, Lobby  A rep from NYU'study abroad is on campus today with information about their programs worldwide. Drop by to see if one of their programs might be for you!

Thinking about Study Abroad but don't know how it works at Bard? It's never too early to start planning where/when/how. Contact Study Abroad Adviser Trish Fleming at 845-758-7080 or to make an appointment. 
Sponsored by: Institute for International Liberal Education
Contact: Trish Fleming  845-758-7080
Monday, September 16, 2013
Bard-Levy Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy Open House
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  The Levy Institute of Economics is starting it's Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy program from the Fall of 2014. The program emphasizes theoretical and empirical aspects of policy analysis through specialization in one of four Levy Institute research areas: macroeconomic theory, policy, and modeling; monetary policy and financial structure; distribution of income, wealth, and well-being, including gender equality and time poverty; and employment and labor markets.

The Master of Science program draws on the expertise of an extensive network of scholars at the Levy Economics Institute, a policy research think tank with more than 25 years of economic theory and public policy research. During the two-year M.S. program, students are required to participate in a graduate research assistantship carried out by Levy Institute scholars and faculty. Undergraduates in economics or related fields have an opportunity, through a 3+2 program, to earn both a B.A. and the M.S. in five years.
Sponsored by: Levy Graduate Programs
Contact: Mohd Azfar Khan  845-758-7776
Monday, May 6, 2013
Africana Studies Spring Party: Celebrating the Life of Chinua Achebe
Bard Hall  Bard Africana Studies invites you to a celebration of the life of
Chinua Achebe

Teju Cole / Yuka Suzuki / John Ryle / Myra Armstead
Nuruddin Farah and Binyavanga Wainaina from Nairobi
Live Music by Beatrice Ajaero and Jamrek

All Welcome
Food and drinks will be served

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Dean of the College
Contact: Yuka Suzuki or John Ryle
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Life on Mars: A Reading by Pulitzer Prize–Winning Poet Tracy Smith
MAT Faculty and Friends Reading Series
Olin, Room 205  Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy Smith reads from her book Life on Mars.
Sponsored by: Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Contact: BardMAT Program  845-758-7145
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Massacre, Mardi Gras, and Torture in Early New Orleans
Olin 205  Sophie White
University of Notre DameThe earliest known eye-witness account of Mardi Gras in New Orleans depicted a masquerade that took place in 1730. But this description of hedonism and cross-gender disguises was an unexpected twist in a larger narrative. For this episode was immediately preceded by the 1729 uprising in which the Natchez Indians attacked French settlers, stripping, killing, and torturing survivors. And it was followed by the ritual torture and killing in New Orleans of a stripped Natchez woman captive. Most galling for the author of the account was the fact that French survivors had imitated, and even outdone, Indians’ torture methods. This transgression magnified anxieties about the potential for colonists to become indianized as a result of their presence in America. But in interweaving misrule descriptions of stripped, dressed, and disguised bodies, the author signaled that dress could channel Frenchmen’s metamorphosis into Indians, but also reverse such transformations. The key to this conceit lies in interpreting the placement of a topsy-turvy Mardi Gras masquerade in the very middle of massacre, torture and cannibalism.Sophie White is assistant professor of American Studies and concurrent assistant professor of Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her book, Wild Frenchmen & Frenchified Indians: Race and Material Culture in Colonial Louisiana, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012. Her articles have appeared in journals such as The William and Mary Quarterly, the Journal of Early American History, Winterthur Portfolio, and Gender and History. She was a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010–11.
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Art History Program; Division of Social Studies; French Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; LAIS Program
Contact: Christian Crouch  845-758-6874