Black Studies Upcoming Events

2019-20 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Visiting Scholar

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Tuesday, December 3 from 3:30pm – 5pm

Gordon-White Building (210 W 24th St, Austin, Texas 78705), Multi-Purpose Room 2.206

Black Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, the 2019-20 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Black Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, to campus on  Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:30 pm, to deliver his inaugural lecture of the appointment, in conversation with Dr. Kevin Cokley, Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. The lecture is titled, Supplementary Education: The Hidden Curriculum in High Achievement. Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking: Validated parking is available when you RSVP at the San Antonio Garage located at 2420 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78705, which is west of the Gordon-White Building. ADA parking accommodations are also available. If you have mobility challenges, please email Christina Bryant at as soon as possible.

WCAAAS: Harriet  Screening & Conversation with Debra Chase Martin



Monday, November 25 from 5pm-8pm

Texas Union Building (Guadalupe St & W 24th St, Austin, TX 78712)

Emmy Nominated and Peabody Award Winning Television and Motion picture producer Debra Martin Chase returns to University of Texas to discuss her new film, Harriet, based on the heroic life of American freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. A free screening of the film will take place prior to a panel discussion. Free and open to the public.

WCAAAS Diaspora Talk Series: Intersecting Debts & African Diaspora in Paris with Dr. Laila Amine

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Monday, November 18, 2019 from 3pm- 4:30pm 

Gordon-White Building (210 W 24th St, Austin, Texas 78705)

Dr. Laila Amine’s research and teaching focus on contemporary African American and African Diaspora literature and on experiences of displacement. She is the author of Postcolonial Paris: Fictions of Intimacy in the City of Light (2018), a book-length study that spans 1955 to 2015 to interrogate dominant imaginaries of Paris as a space of liberation for the African Diaspora. Dr. Amine received her MA in African American and African Diaspora studies and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work has appeared in American Literature, Culture, Theory, and Critique, Back Camera, and Postcolonial Text. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Free and open to the public.


AADS Brown Bag Series: The Conjure Woman: Solange’s Performance of the Black South Ethos in “When I Get Home”


Tuesday, November 19 from 12pm – 1:30pm 

Gordon-White Building (210 W 24th St, Austin, Texas 78705)

The Brown Bag Series engages UT-Austin students, faculty, and community members in dialogues about academic research being conducted by AADS graduate students. AADS Ph.D. Candidate, La’Kayla Williams, will present the lecture, The Conjure Woman: Solange’s Performance of the Black South Ethos in When I Get Home. Lunch will be provided.

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AADS: Inaugural Omi Osun Joni L. Jones Visiting Performing Artist

Florinda Bryant

Florinda Bryant is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, activist and arts educator (as well as an Austinite). As a performer and director, she has worked with Salvage Vanguard TheaterRude Mechs (Austin, TX)The VORTEXPaper ChairsTheatre en Bloc and Teatro Vivo. Bryant’s recent one-woman show “Black Do Crack” at Ground Floor Theatre was nominated for five B. Iden Payne Awards for its production, acting, playwriting, directing and dramaturgy.

Friday, November 22nd at 2pm: “Black Do Crack” Performance in partnership with PPP Fridays @ 2 Series

Winship Drama Building (300 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712) in Room 2.180


AGBS: Fall 2019 Exhibitions


“Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift”

Christian Green Gallery (201 E 21st St, Austin, Texas 78705) 

The University of Texas at Austin is honored to be the home of 23 works by Charles White, one of the 20th century’s most accomplished draftsmen and influential art educators, thanks to a generous gift of art from Drs. Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon in 2014. This joint presentation celebrates the artist’s remarkable career and legacy via concurrent exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art and the Christian-Green Gallery on the UT campus.

Born in 1918 in Chicago, White dedicated his life and artistic practice to creating a visual archive of the Black experience in America. At the Christian-Green Gallery, “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift” examines White’s influence on his students and other artists, especially those interested in the human figure. The exhibition includes works by Kerry James Marshall, Deborah Roberts, Michael Ray Charles, and Vincent Valdez.

Curated by Dr. Cherise Smith, Founding Executive Director of the Art Galleries at Black Studies and Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin.


“Lingua Franca: Black Spirit Speaks in Common Tongues”

Gordon-White Building (210 W 24th St, Austin, Texas 78705)

From Haitian Voudou flags to surrealist prints and paintings, Lingua Franca outlines how traces of African spiritual cultural retention can be seen in artwork across the Black diaspora. The 17 works of art on display exemplify how each artist explores themes of ancestral connection and mysticism, emphasizing their shared history despite differences in geography. Practices such as Voudou and Obeah act as a lingua franca – or common language—serving as a conduit to discuss themes of the divine, daily-life, colonialism and histories of the Black Atlantic.

Curated by Natalie Willis, Assistant Curator National Gallery of The Bahamas.


IUPRA: 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available!

IUPRA 18-19 annual report

Over the past year, the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) has been more productive than ever. IUPRA has released six policy briefs and research reports, completing the State of Black Lives in Texas research initiative and providing crucial information to Texas legislators during the 86th legislative session; won a grant from the Georgetown Health Foundation and began conducting community-based research for a needs assessment; and hosted and sponsored multiple events while being published across countless media outlets.

You can read more about IUPRA’s work and mission in their latest annual report. Be sure to share this report with your friends and colleagues who are interested in using policy research to improve outcomes for Black Texans.