Programs and Events

Upcoming CAS Events

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

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      Annual Book Club Discussion

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

      Books were free of charge for the first 20 participants attending the discussion. 

      Date: February 15, 2023
      Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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        Africa Defines Architecture Lecture, Panel Discussion, & Gallery Reception

        Lecture & Panel Discussion with Nmadili Oksumabua, The Community Planning & Design Initiative, Africa

        Date: February 13, 2023
        Time: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

        Gallery Reception
        Date: February 13, 2023
        Time: 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

        The Art of African Architecture exhibition was on view from February 13-17, 2023.

        • 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


          • 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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