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AAS Alumni Speaker Series

 

Michael Royster, DMin. - February 4, 2020

Michael Royster

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

Join AAS as we welcome Dr. Michael Royster, Prairie View A&M University.

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Dr. Michael Royster
Dr. Royster is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Prairie View A&M University with teaching and research areas that include the following: Religious Life in the African Diaspora, Social Movements, and Peace, War, and Justice.



Amilcar Shabazz, Ph.D. - February 6, 2020

Amilcar Shabazz

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Suite 625-637

Join AAS as we welcome Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, Professor of History and Africana Studies, UMASS and President of the National Council for Black Studies.

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Dr. Amilcar Shabazz
A professor of history and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies since 2007, Shabazz served as the department’s seventh chair from 2007 to 2012. From 2013 to 2016, he was the Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence, and, since 2016, he has acted as the department's chair for an interim term. He continues to teach in the department with an emphasis on the political economy of social and cultural movements, education, and public policy (Courtesy of https://www.umass.edu/afroam/member/amilcar-shabazz).



Assata Richards, Ph.D. - February 27, 2020

Assata Richards

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210  

Join AAS as we welcome Dr. Assata Richards, Founding Director of Sankofa Research Institute.

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Dr. Assata Richards
Assata is the founding director of the Sankofa Research Institute (SRI), a nonprofit with a mission to “create knowledge to build community” through community-based participatory research. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s and a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, teaching courses in the sociology department and the arts leadership program. As a public sociologist, Assata serves as the Board President of the newly formed Houston Community Land Trust, the Third Ward Cooperative Community Builders, and the Emancipation Economic Development Council, which is a people-focus and place-based effort to revitalize, preserve, and protect a historic African-American community in Houston, Texas. Most recently, she was elected to serve as the founding board president of the Community Care Cooperative, which is Houston’s first home care agency owned by certified nurse assistants and committed to serving aging residents living in the historic communities of Third Ward and Fifth Ward.



Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Ph.D. - March 4, 2020

Marcia Walker-Williams

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

Join AAS as we welcome Dr. Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.

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Dr. Marcia Walker-McWilliams
Marcia Walker-McWilliams is the Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC). As the BMRC Executive Director, Marcia provides strategic leadership
and operational management for the BMRC’s activities, and for working with members of the community and BMRC institutions to facilitate the discovery, preservation, and use of Black historical collections in Chicago. Marcia received a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Social Policy and African American Studies from Northwestern University. As a graduate student, Marcia worked in archival processing with the Mapping the Stacks Project and the Harsh Archival Processing Project. She also served as a guest curator for a yearlong exhibit on the life and legacy of Rev. Addie Wyatt in 2013 at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of the Chicago Public Library.

Marcia is the author of Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality with the University of Illinois Press. She is currently working on two forthcoming edited volumes – The Civil Rights Reader with Traci Parker and New Histories of Black Chicago with Simon Balto and Erik Gellman.

Prior to the BMRC, Marcia taught courses in American history and African American Studies at Lone Star College, Prairie View A&M University, the University of Houston and Rice University where she also served as an Associate Director in the Center for Civic Leadership.



kYmberly Keeton, M.L.S. - March 16, 2020

Kymberly Keeton

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

Join AAS as we welcome kYmberly Keeton, M.L.S., African American Community Archivist and Librarian.

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kYmberly Keeton
kYmberly Keeton is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Library Science. In her present role, she documents and archives African American narratives in Austin, Texas – The State Capitol. As the African American Community Archivist and Librarian at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Keeton’s work is about forming collaborative partnerships, building relationships with the community, and collecting, archiving, and sharing experiences about Austin’s African American History in the state capitol. Keeton is the 2019 Honoree Recipient in of the Austin, Texas Civic Futures Award for Community Engagement and Inclusion. In addition, she is a 2019 Inductee into The Frederick Douglass Club of Austin, Texas – Mary Church Terrell District. Currently, kYmberly Keeton is writing a scholarly book about African American art & creative librarians as social advocates for change from the south. “I’m rebelling against being handed a career, like, “You’re the next this; you’re the next that.” I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me.” – kYmberly Keeton



Tara Mock, Ph.D. - March 26, 2020

Tara Mock

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 210

Join AAS as we welcome Dr. Tara Mock, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow, Africana Studies at Bowdoin College.

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Dr. Tara Mock
Tara Mock is an Africana social scientist specializing in the cultural political economy of modern Africa. Her research and teaching interests include Afro-Chinese relations, diaspora, cultural identity and community formation, globalization, memory, and expressive cultures. She is currently working on a book combining survey research, interviews, ethnography, and discourse analysis with theories of diaspora, Black Geographies, cultural political economy, nation branding, and imagined community to situate her investigation into conceptualizations of selfhood and community between African and Chinese people within an Africana Studies framework. Dr. Mock earned her PhD in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University, received a MALD in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and studied international business at the HEC School of Management in Jouy-en-Josas, France. (courtesy of https://www.bowdoin.edu/profiles/faculty/tmock/index.html)