Free & Open to the Public
IRAAS welcomes your attendance at our 20th Anniversary Symposium. Speakers include Columbia and Barnard faculty; administrators and scholars in African American Studies. The day’s discussions allows some of the country’s top scholars to reflect on their current work within the context of African American Studies, past, present and future.
The poet-scholar Elizabeth Alexander, whose work enhanced President Barack Obama first inauguration ceremony, and most recently served as chair of African American Studies at Yale will deliver the keynote address.
As we spend the day highlighting the centrality of African American Studies to the important conversations of the academy, we take the opportunity to think about how African American Studies at Columbia has helped to shape the field more generally.
Welcome Remarks 10:00am -10:15am
Marcellus Blount, IRAAS Co-Director
Panel 1 – “Foundations” 10:15am- 12:00pm
Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University
Joshua Guild, Princeton University
Jonathan Rieder, Barnard College
Lunch Break 12:00pm -2:00pm
Closing Remarks 5:30pm
Carla Shedd, Columbia University