Black Studies Events: October 2019

WCAAAS: 1619-1919-2019 Symposium



Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 10am – 5pm

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

A one-day symposium hosted by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (WCAAAS) in observation of the 400th anniversary of 1619. The program will include three sessions featuring scholars who will explore landmark moments in Black history and culture. Free and open to the public.

10:00am to 11:30am: “20 And Odd Negroes”: the Significance of 1619

1:00pm- 2:30pm: 1919: Dignity, Defiance, and Diaspora

3:00pm to 4:30pm: Looking Back to Confront the Present: 1619 or 1492?


AGBS: Fall 2019 Exhibitions


Charles White Inspired Printmaking Workshop


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 2pm

Gordon-White Building (210 W 24th 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.

Inspired by the prints of “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure,” Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) is hosting a free printmaking workshop that’s open to the public. This will be a beginner’s workshop focusing on the process of relief printing and hosted by artist Veronica Ceci.

The event is free to attend, but space is limited. Please RSVP here or email



Curator’s Tour: “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure”


Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 1pm

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

Please join us for a public tour of “Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift” with curator Dr. Cherise Smith, Founding Executive Director of the Art Galleries at Black Studies and Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin.  Come view and learn more about the artwork, ask questions, and partake in light refreshments! This event is free and open to the public.

“Charles White and the Legacy of the Figure: Celebrating the Gordon Gift” examines White’s influence on his students, in particular Kerry James Marshall, as well as on younger generations of artists—such as Deborah Roberts, Michael Ray Charles, and Vincent Valdez—who also portray the human body. Particularly compelling is why these artists depict minoritized individuals and what political work such representations do. The exhibition celebrates a major donation of White’s artworks by Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon in 2014, just as they participate in the centennial commemoration of the artist’s birth.

Parking is available in Brazos Garage at 210 E. MLK Blvd. Please call 512-471-0254 with any questions.


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.