11/1–IRAAS 20th Anniversary Symposium

Event Date:
Friday, November 1, 2013 – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Columbia University Faculty House

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

Panel 2 – “Imagined Futures” 2:00pm-4:00pm
Kiese Laymon
, Vassar College
Imani Perry, Princeton University
Jafari S. Allen, Yale University
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

Lecture  4:00pm 
Elizabeth Alexander
, Yale University

Closing Remarks  5:30pm
Carla Shedd
, Columbia University