Programs and Events

Upcoming Events:

Heineken in Africa

Join us to learn more about Olivier van Beemen's book "Heineken in Africa" and hear from KSU faculty with expertise in Africana studies, artisanal alcohol making in West Africa adn of the significant health burden of alcohol misuse adn related harms across the African continent.  Prillman Hall Indoor Plaza, April 4, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm.

Please register for the 9th Annual AADS Student Research & Community Engagement virtual conference here:

Mothers in Movement AADS Student Research & Community Engagement Virtual Conference.  Join us virtually via YouTube & Facebook.  In-person, ALC Auditorium, Room 1100. 9:00am - 7:45pm.

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AMTAADS Student Research & Community Engagement Virtual Conference - The Center for Africana Studies proudly welcomes Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of the critically acclaimed book, "The Three Mothers."  Dr. Tubbs will join us for the annual African & African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference on Thursday, March 24, 2022.  11:00-11:45, 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 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

                  • 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

                      • 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

                            • CAADS / CORED

                              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

                                          • Faculty Spotlight - Focus on Faculty

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

                                            Date: October 26, 2018

                                            • Faculty Development Seminar

                                              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: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindedness

                                                      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

                                                          • 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

                                                                  1 PLU