Programs and Events

Upcoming CAS Events

Women Screenwriters of Color

Women Writers of Color - Film & Television

Dr. Anna Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Screenwriting, Department of English, faculty & student research project presentation, "Women Screenwriters of Color."

Date: February 8, 2023
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Learning Center, Room 5102


Africa Defines Architecture Lecture & Panel Discussion

Nmadili Oksumabua, The Community Planning & Design Initiative, Africa

Date: February 13, 2023
Time: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Location: Prillaman Hall Auditorium, Room 1000

Art of African Architecture Art Exhibition

Date: February 13 - 17, 2023
Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Prillaman Hall Lobby

Gallery Opening Reception

Date: February 13, 2023
Time: 4:20 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Prillaman Hall Indoor Plaza

Book HDH

Annual Book Club Discussion

Join us for our annual book club discussion featuring Dr. Tiya Miles', The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story.

Books are free of charge for the first 20 participants. Must attend discussion. 

Date: February 15, 2023
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Learning Center, Room 5103 and virtual

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Georgia Consortium for African Studies (GCAS) Formation Reception

The Georgia Consortium for African Studies is an exciting new collaboration between the University System of Georgia Africa Council (USAC) and Kennesaw State University (KSU) to promote & develop the multidisciplinary study of Africa in the state of Georgia.  The consortium will focus on: education abroad and exchange programs, faculty development seminars, grants & external funding, research and publication, conferences & symposiums, workshops and events!

Please RSVP to Saundra Rogers, 

Date: February 17, 2023
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Academic Learning Center, Suite 5625 

2022 Festival

"Celebrating The Ties That Bind" Annual Festival

Save the date! Join us this year on the Campus Green as we celebrate and honor the cultural connections between Africa & the Diaspora.  Food, fashion, music, dance, & a wide variety of goods for purchase! We hope to see you there! 

Date: April 27, 2023
Location: Kennesaw Campus Green

Past CAS Events

    • HdH Site Visit

      Chief Vann House Historic Site Visit, Chatsworth, Georgia 

      "The most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation." 

      Saturday, November 5, 2022 - book club participants explored the site that is the subject of CAS' FY '23 book club discussion. 

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        Gateway to Ghana

        Tuesday & Thursday, September 6th & 8th, KSU Study Abroad students discuss the impact of their Summer '22 trip to Ghana. Engaging, enlightening, & intriguing. 

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          CAS Annual Festival

          April 28, 2022 - 11am - 5pm!

          The Center for Africana Studies kicked off our inaugural festival, "Celebrating the Ties that Bind," exploring the connection between Africa & the global Diaspora!

          An overwhelming success celebrating, arts & crafts, culture, history, food, fashion, music, & authentic cuisine!

          Join us each year to celebrate the greatness of the Diaspora! 

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            KSU Welcomes Olivier van Beemen

            On April 4, 2022, author and investigative journalist, Olivier van Beemen, gave a keynote address about his book, "Heineken in Africa." Mr. van Beemen joined KSU faculty with expertise in Africana studies, Dr. Monica Swahn, Dr. Nurudeen Akinyemi, & Dr. Brandon Lundy to discuss artisanal alcohol making in West Africa and of the significant health burden of alcohol misuse and related harms across the African continent

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              9th Annual AADS Student Research & Community Engagement Virtual Conference

              Welcome Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs!

              AADS Student Research & Community Engagement Virtual Conference, "Mothers and the Movement."

              Dr. Tubbs joined us for the AADS conference on Thursday, March 24, 2022. 9:00am - 7:45pm. 

              • Dialogues on Mothering: Transgressive Politics of Black Moms
              • Popular Culture, Karens in Charge
              • Racial Politics on Mothering Then & Now - Round-table Discussion.
              • Keynote address, 12:00pm-1:30pm, ALC Auditorium, Room 1100 or virtually via AADS YouTube & Facebook.


              • The Three Mothers

                Virtual Book Club Discussion

                The Center for Africana Studies hosted a campus-wide virtual bookclub discussion of:

                Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs, The Three Mothers, Flatiron Books, 2021

                Date: October 20, 2021

                • CAS' Lecture Series

                  Campus lecture by Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, a Nigerian human rights scholar and activist on "Confronting Inequality to Promote Change:  A Case Study of Women in Nigeria Since Independence."

                  Date: October 8, 2021

                  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

                    Virtual Book Club Discussion

                    The Center for Africana Studies held a virtual book club discussion of:

                    Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing, Vintage Press, 2017

                    Date: March 19, 2021

                    • Krishauna Hines-Gaither

                      Let's Talk with Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither

                      A virtual workshop series featuring Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither


                      Feb. 23, 2021
                      March 2, 2021
                      March 17, 2021
                      March 30, 2021
                      April 14, 2021
                      April 17, 2021

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                        ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute Training Program


                        February 26, 2021
                        March 12, 2021
                        March 26, 2021

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                          Let's Talk

                          CAS' Conversation Series exploring topics of interest to the KSU Community.  Faculty, staff, & students...Let's Talk!

                          Date: Oct 9, 2020

                          • UN-SDG Ambassadors

                            Collaboration with CIFAL-Atlanta Developing Sustainable Development Ambassadors.  Sixteen KSU students, undergraduate &  graduate ambassadors, selected for the inaugural program.

                            Date: December 5, 2019 - June 30, 2020

                            • Civil Rights Conference

                              2020 Civil Rights Conference

                              "Rethinking Human Rights in Times of Crisis: Local & Global Perspectives of Resilience and Dignity.

                              Dates: March 12 - 14, 2020

                              Location: KSU

                              • 2019

                                23rd Annual Southeast Model African Union

                                Hosted the 23rd Annual Southeast Model African Union simulation conference.  300+ students from universities across Georgia and one national university participated in the simulation.

                                Date: November 7-9, 2019

                                • ASA Africa Night

                                  Celebration of cultures of Africa through Visual and Performance Arts.  Co-sponsored with the African Student Association.

                                  Date: November 8, 2019

                                  • 1619

                                    1619-2019 400 Years Commemoration of Africans in America

                                    Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Old Zion Baptist Church Museum, Marietta

                                    11:00am-12pm, KSU Student Panel

                                    Rhapsodiy's Revenue Dance Ensemble

                                    5:00pm: 1619 Commemorative Concert featuring FIsk University Jubilee Singers and Dr. Oral Moses

                                    • A Celebration of African American Life, History & Culture

                                      KSU Student Panel:  "Ghana: From Door of No Return to Year of Return." 

                                      Tribute to Toni Morrison: Selected readings and discussion of Morrison's Works by Drs. Tony Grooms, Griselda Thomas, Gina Bradley, & Cherif Diop.

                                      Bunce Island Exhibit Presentation by Dr. Dan Paracka.

                                      Gumbo Mix: The Food, Music & Art of the African Diaspora featuring - KSU Gospel Choir, North Paulding High School Choir, Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, twelve25 Band, spoken word performances, & Vendor exhibition.

                                      Date: October 10-12, 2019

                                      • US-Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit

                                        Collaboration with US-Africa Trade Council.  Participants from across the United States & across Africa.

                                        Date: September 26-28, 2019

                                        • Marietta Museum of History Civil Rights Project

                                          Collaboration with the English Department (Prof. Rochelle Cox) and the Marietta Museum of History.  Sponsorship of student research and presentation to the Marietta community "of" and "to" local Civil Rights Icons.

                                          Date: May 3, 2019

                                          • EA Mitchell 2019

                                            CAADS / CORED

                                            Welcome Professor Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Georgia Chapter

                                            Faculty Development Seminar: CAADS-CORED Collaboration: "Building a Community of Respect for Human Dignity."

                                            Date: April 25, 2019

                                            • CAADS & Gender & Women's Studies Collaboration and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

                                              Symposium on "Trauma & Resilience" 

                                              Keynote lecture and class visits by author, Aminata Forna / Book discussion of Forna's "The Hired Man: A Novel."

                                              Date: April 25, 2019

                                              • The Hired Man

                                                Book Club Discussion

                                                Aminata Forna's "The Hired Man: A Novel."

                                                Date: April 15, 2019

                                                • M.A.D.E. (Making a Difference Everywhere)

                                                  Sponsorship of Student Community Engagement

                                                  M.A.D.E. - An alternative spring break of community service and civic engagement in New Orleans.

                                                  Date: March 30 - April 5, 2019

                                                  • Faculty Spotlight - Focus on Faculty

                                                    Dr. Oral Moses (Emeritus Professor) Lecture & musical performance, "The Negro Spiritual: Songs of Resistance and Resilence

                                                    • CAS Lecture Series

                                                      Campus lecture by Anythony Grooms on "The Vain Conversations"

                                                      Date: October 29, 2018

                                                      • The Vain Conversations: A Novel

                                                        Book Club Discussion

                                                        Dr. Anthony Grooms, "The Vain Conversatoin: A Novel"

                                                        Date: October 26, 2018

                                                        • April 27, 2018

                                                          Faculty Spotlight - Focus on Faculty

                                                          Addressing Intercultural Faith and interfaith discussions in the Classroom.  Keynote lecture: Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Emory University, "Living the Values We Seek to Uphold."

                                                          Date: April 27, 2018

                                                          • 90 Days

                                                            Film Screening & Panel Discussion

                                                            Award-Winning Film "90 Days," A Film by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte

                                                            Co-sponsored with the Department of English

                                                            Date: April 10, 2018

                                                            • Pan-Africa Week

                                                              Co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the African & African Diaspora Studies program

                                                              • The Art of African Architecture week-long Poster Exhibit and Panel Discussion with area architects. 
                                                              • Campus lecture on Brazilian Women's Movement
                                                              • Uganda Youth Choir Concert
                                                              • African Cultural Night - Visual and Performance Art; Taste of Africa; Fashion Show
                                                              • Film screening and panel discussion

                                                              Date: March 19-22, 2018

                                                              • CAS Lecture Series

                                                                "African Women in the Judiciary"  Dr. Josephine J. Dawuni, Howard University, Washington, DC. Co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the African & African Diaspora Studies program

                                                                Date: March 1, 2018

                                                                • The New Jim Crow

                                                                  Book Club Discussion

                                                                  Michele Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindedness

                                                                  Date: February 9, 2018

                                                                  • Southeast Model African Union Conference

                                                                    Georgia Southern University

                                                                    CAS Director, Nuru Akinyemi, led fifteen (15) students to the Southeast Model African Union simulation.  The KSU team represented Algeria, Niger, and Sao Tome and Principe, winning several individual and team "outstanding" awards.  Fifteen (15) universities participated in the Southeast Model.

                                                                    Date: November 9-11, 2017

                                                                    • Student Leadership Forum

                                                                      African Diaspora Student Leadership Forum:  Haitian Youth Leadership Forum (HYLF), co-sponsored with the Consul General of Haiti in Atlanta.

                                                                      The HYLF brought more than 200 participants to campus, including middle and high school students and their parents, employers, career counselors and mentors.  The focus of the HYLF included college and career counseling, job interview role-playing, and leadership training. (225 participants)

                                                                      Date: September 23, 2017

                                                                      • Tania Saeed

                                                                        Faculty Development Seminar

                                                                        "Interfaith Dialogues"

                                                                        Keynote speaker & expert facilitator, Dr. Tania Saeed, University of Lahore, Pakistan.  This seminar focused on interfaith dialogues.

                                                                        Date: May 26-27, 2017

                                                                        • Pan Africa Week

                                                                          African Diaspora Student Leadership Forum with student panels and participants from across the university; a poster exhibit; film screening; faculty panel discussion.

                                                                          Date: March 20-24, 2017.

                                                                          • International Model African Union Conference

                                                                            Washington, DC

                                                                            CAS Director led KSU students to very successful International Model African Union simulation conference, hosted by Howard University, Washington, DC. Seventeen (17) students represented Cameroon, Rwanda and Uganda, winning several individual and team "outstanding" awards.  Over forty (40) universities from across the United States, Canada and Kenya participated in the simulation conference.

                                                                            Date: February 23-26, 2017

                                                                            • Teaching Africa Workshop for Georgia 6th through 12th Grade Teachers

                                                                              The Teaching Africa Workshop strategically brings together seasoned experts representing the diverse multidisciplinary nature of African studies - from History, Political Science, Literature, Foreign Languages, Visual & Performance Arts, Antropology, Geography, Science Education, and Information Technology.  Colleagues spend months deliberating and designing the framework and contents of the curriculum for this workshop with keen awareness of and attention to the Georgia and national performance standards.

                                                                              2-1/2 day workshop

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