Sweet Honey in the Rock®
Sweet Honey in the Rock® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains, and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for members of the deaf and hard of hearing communities.
Co-sponsored by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hofstra University Honors College, the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, and the Noah Scholars Program.
Wednesday, February 17, 1 p.m.
A Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Racist Ideas in America/How to be an Antiracist
Join Dr. Katrina Sims, Department of History and faculty-in-residence, Division of Student Affairs, Hofstra University, and Sevion McLean, Hofstra engineering student, Hofstra resident assistant and president of Xi Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., for a moderated conversation.
Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor.
Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, co-edited with Keisha Blain, which will be out in February. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Center for Civic Engagement.
Virtual Event: Advance registration is required.
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Civil Rights Day presents John Whittington Franklin on Tulsa’s 'Black Wall Street'
In recognition of the 100th commemoration of the Tulsa massacre, join John Whittington Franklin, senior manager emeritus for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as he speaks about the history of the Tulsa “Black Wall Street” massacre.
Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Hofstra Cultural Center.
Virtual Event: Advance registration is required.
Wednesday, March 17, 1-2:25 p.m.
Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series: Hegemonies of Knowledge Production on African Women and Gender: Whose Histories Matter?
In Hegemonies of Knowledge Production on African Women and Gender, Nwando Achebe details her personal journey to becoming an Africanist and gender historian. Along the way she considers questions relating to the ownership and production of Africanist knowledge: “Whose histories matter?” “Whose histories are celebrated?” “Whose histories are published?” – while highlighting several influential interpretive voices which have shaped and produced a problematic and Eurocentric canon. These voices have variously worked to interrupt and/or disrupt true understanding and knowing of African women and gender. Nwando Achebe ends her lecture by offering up her own African and gender-centered intervention into existing discourse and production of history.
Nwando Achebe is the Jack and Margaret Sweet Endowed Professor of History, and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Social Science, and a multi-award-winning historian at Michigan State University. She is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History, and co-director of the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation. Achebe received her PhD from UCLA in 2000. In 1996 and 1998, she served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria. Achebe is the author of six books.
The Center for “Race” Distinguished African Scholars and Writers Series program to foster engagement on campus with scholarship and writing on Africa, produced by African scholars, the Center features one visit to campus of a scholar and writer from Africa each year.
The Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, established at Hofstra University in January 2017, works to promote diversity, inclusiveness, and cultural awareness on campus, and features several distinctive research and scholarly programs throughout the academic year.