Previous Events

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  • Beyond A Reasonable Doubt: Troy Davis and Capital Punishmentin Georgia

    April 26, 2016
    5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
    Social Sciences 3029

    A Talk by Gautam Narula, Author of “Remain Free”

    When Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis was executed in 2011, despite serious doubts about his guilt, he was the most well-known death row inmate in the world. Drawing upon his close friendship with Davis and years working on the case, Gautam Narula shows how the Troy Davis case exemplified the common issues with the death penalty in Georgia: racial and income bias, arbitrary application, and an inflexible legal and political system that may allow innocent people to be executed.

    This event is organized The Center for African and African Diaspora Studies and the India China America Institute at Kennesaw State University.

  • Film Screening - "Born This Way: Gay and Lesbian in Cameroon"

    April 25, 2016
    5:00 to 6:30 pm
    HS 1103 Prilliman Hall

    Born This Way is an intimate portrait of the underground gay and lesbian community in Cameroon. This award-winning documentary follows several LGBT youth both inside and outside the walls of The Access Center, a safe haven for LGBT Cameroonians, located in an unmarked building on Douala’s busiest street. As the locus of gay rights advocacy in Cameroon, the Center functions as a site of hope, culture, and celebration for those living with the constant fear of losing their job, home, and family. Born This Way elucidates an African country at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, while also highlighting the struggle for universal human rights, desire for companionship, and the necessity of community.

  • Justice and Human Dignity in Africa and the African Diaspora

    April 6 - 9, 2016

    African Literature Association Annual Conference. The event is co-hosted by Kennesaw State University and Emory University.

  • Remembering: International Struggle for Civil and Human Rights

    October 28 - 30, 2015

    Kennesaw State University’s Center for African and African Diaspora Studies invites scholars, artists, activists, and practitioners to participate in a three-day summit in Kennesaw during the fall semester. The summit is designed as a multi-disciplinary platform to remember, reflect, celebrate and interrogate historical and contemporary civil and human rights issues that are both national and transnational. It incorporates discussions in all formats – visual and performance arts, spoken word, fine arts installation, panel and roundtable discussions, and open forum discussions.