Black History Month Calendar

We are to delighted to present you with information on all of the Black History Month events and happenings around campus.  If you would like us to feature your event please complete this form. This calendar is updated regularly.  Happy Black History Month 2018!

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Intervening in Bias Incidents: Strategies for Action in the Moment

When: Thursday, February 1, 2018 / 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM and Friday, February 2, 2018 / 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Where: Location will be provided upon registration

Description: Intervening in a bias incident makes a big difference, both for the individuals involved and for the whole community, and yet bystanders sometimes hesitate to act. Hosted by student and professional staff of the Yale College Dean’s Office, this workshop focuses on practical strategies for interrupting bias and harassment, and for supporting those targeted by it. All members of the Yale community are welcome, but pre-registration is required via the website.

Sponsor: Office of Gender and Campus Culture

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free but register in advance

Registration: https://cce.yalecollege.yale.edu/bias-intervention-training


Art Exhibition: Lobyn Hamilton, Seeing Sounds

When: Exhibit: Friday, February 2nd, 2018 – Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Artist Talk: Friday, February 2nd, 2018 / 5:00 PM
Listening Session and Reception: Friday, February 2nd, 2018 / 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Afro-American Cultural Center (Gallery), 211 Park St

Description: The Afro-American Cultural Center is pleased to present Seeing Sounds, a solo exhibition by artist Lobyn Hamilton. A former DJ, Hamilton’s work collages fragments of vinyl records and album covers into intricately assembled portraits. The accumulation of material in each work points to a history and experience of musical sound produced and referenced in Black culture. Their arrangement into bold silhouettes conveys the circumstances of their making: the intentional layering of each component parallels the “breaking” within the dee-jay tradition. Hamilton translates the sonic qualities imprinted on these the vinyl records into a visual kaleidoscope that references his musical interests. Hamilton’s work has been shown and collected widely with features on the television show Empire, Hype Beast, and Red Bull Music Academy. Join the artist at the Afro-American Cultural Center gallery for a talk about his work and inspirations on Friday, February 2nd, at 5pm.The talk will be followed by a listening session and reception from 6-8pm to experience a playlist curated by Lobyn Hamilton of music that influences his creative investigations. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsors: This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Melody Miller, David and Linda Whitaker and drapersouth.

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Black History Month at Yale Opening Lecture featuring Dr Cornel West

When: Lecture: Saturday, February 3, 2018 / 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Book Signing: Saturday, February 3, 2018 / 3:15 - 4:00 PM

Where: Battell Chapel, 400 College St

Description: Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.A special book signing of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Race Matters will follow the lecture.

Sponsor: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


A RED Carpet Screening of “Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights”

When: Saturday, February 3, 2018 / 3:30  PM

Where: Afro-American Cultural Center (Lighten Room), 211 Park St.

Description: The Prestigious Pi Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. kicks off Black History Month with a screening of “Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights” by commemorating the often-overlooked sacrifices, perseverance, and contributions of Black women during a radically historic time. Please join us as we honor their legacy.

Sponsor: The Prestigious Pi Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Kelly Brown Douglas Conversation

When: Monday, February 5, 2018 / 12:30 PM

Where: Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect St

Description: Yale Black Seminarians is collaborating with Berkeley Divinity School to host a Colloquium with Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, a profound womanist, theologian, and first African-American Dean of Episcopal Divinity School.  She will be speaking on her book Stand Your Ground and various social justice issues, the role of the church, and the formation of current divinity students.

Sponsor: Yale Divinity School

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Understanding America: The Civil Rights Movement – Here and Everywhere

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: Office of International Students & Scholars, 421 Temple Street

Description: In honor of Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are holding a discussion on the Civil Rights Movement, both historically and where it stands today. To lead this discussion, we have three incredible PhD students who all specialize in different areas of the movement; Amanda Hall and Anna Duensing from the Department of History and African American Studies, and Pedro Regalado from the American Studies Department. Throughout the evening, we will explore the historical context of the Civil Rights movement here in New Haven, and move throughout history to present day issues that are still facing the U.S. and the world. Our presenters will be happy to answer your questions, so please come ready to participate.

Sponsor: Yale’s Office of International Students & Scholars

Open To: Yale Community, Not suitable for children under the age of 15

Admission: Free, RSVP Encouraged

Register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-america-the-civil-rights-movement-here-and-everywhere-registration-42278672648


The Trials of Muhammad Ali Screening and Discussion

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 / 8:00 PM

Where: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale, 211 Park St

Description: This event will screen “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” a highly reputable PBS documentary on the life of the legendary boxer with particular emphasis on his battles outside the ring. Muhammad Ali is particularly pertinent to the present with news everywhere regarding black athletes speaking up for political reform; undoubtedly, Ali set a precedent whose legacy still lives today.

Sponsor: Muslim Students Association (MSA), BSAY

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


The Longue Durée of the Anti-Rape Movement and Why it Matters: Convening Yale with Crystal Feimster

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 / 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Where: Edward P. Evans Hall - School of Management, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven CT 06511

Description: Members of the Yale community are invited to attend Convening Yale: The Longue Durée of the Anti-Rape Movement and Why it Matters. The talk will discuss the long history of sexual violence and why it matters in the current moment of “Me, Too,” and will feature Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor in African American Studies Department, American Studies Program, & History Department, and author of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching.

Lunch provided to registered attendees.

Sponsor: The Convening Yale series is made possible through the generous support of the Robert J. Silver ’50 Fund for Innovation in Management Education.

Open To: Yale Community Member 18 and Up

Admission: Free but register in advance

Registration: Advanced Registration Required


Artist Talk with Jefferson Pinder

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 5:30 PM

Where: Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street

Description: Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist Jefferson Pinder discusses his work and practice on the occasion of the screening of his video Lazarus (2009), in which the artist documented intense physical tasks as an abstract metaphor for social struggle. The subjects in his videos do not speak, but their actions resonate with the frustrations of everyday life. Pinder’s work challenges viewers to think critically about historical and contemporary social issues in America. The work - both timely and timeless - is on view at the Yale University Art Gallery through Sunday, February 18.

Sponsor:Yale University Art Gallery

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


The 23rd Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale

“LET’S GET IT ON: DECONSTRUCTING SEX, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY”

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Sunday, February 11, 2018

Where: Multiple Locations, Yale University

Description: This year’s Black Solidarity Conference theme calls participants to unpack the sexual and gendered practices and ideas that we’ve inherited, as well as discuss the ways our community intentionally disrupts them. The 2018 conference will truly run the gamut: from topics such as Black hyper masculinity, to the overt sexualization of Black bodies, to giving voice and visualization to black queer and trans experiences. By entering this conference with an open spirit of exchange, we will challenge traditional notions of sex(uality) and gender while making space to explore our intersectional identities.

Open To: University Students

Admission: Pricing Varies

Registration: http://www.blacksolidarityconference.com/registration/


A Celebration of Black History Month at GPSCY

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 9:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Where: Gryphon’s Pub at GPSCY, 204 York St

Description: Join BGN and GPSCY for a Celebration of Black History Month with a hip hop themed dance party featuring and a mix of old school jams and modern hits!

Sponsor: Black Graduate Network

Open To: (21+ only)

Admission: Free


Renaissance Colloquium & Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium with  Patricia Akhimie

When: Friday, February 9, 2018 / 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room  319, 63 High Street

Description: Patricia Akhimie is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and early modern women’s travel writing. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge, forthcoming 2018). Prof. Akhimie will speak to us about her forthcoming book, which reveals the relationship between racial discrimination and the struggle for upward social mobility in the early modern world.

Sponsor: Department of English

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


The Battle Over “We the People”: Inequality, Demographic Change, and a New American Demos, Featuring Heather C. McGhee

When:  Monday, February 12, 2018 / 4:00 PM

Where: Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 101, 63 High St

Description: The Bradley-Johnson Grand Strategy Speaker series presents a talk with Heather C. McGhee, the President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill. She is one of The Root’s 23 Black Political Pundits You Should Know and one of Grist’s 50 People You’ll Be Talking about in 2016. She has received the NYU’s McSilver Award for Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty and Citizen Action of New York’s Progressive Leadership Award.

Sponsor: Grand Strategy Program

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Black Excellence Speaker Series featuring Nicholas Turner(CANCELED)

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 / 6:10 PM

Where: Sterling Law Building Room 129, 127 Wall St

Description: Nicholas Turner is the president and director of the Vera Institute of Justice. Under his leadership, Vera is pursuing core priorities of ending the misuse of jails, transforming conditions of confinement, and ensuring that justice systems more effectively serve America’s growing minority communities. The #BlackExcellence Speaker Series brings in speakers from a variety of different fields of practice and expertise in the legal profession to inspire students and to showcase what black excellence means to YBLSA.

Sponsor: Yale Black Law Students Association

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Black Excellence Speaker Series featuring Melissa Murray

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 12:10 - 1:00 PM

Where: Sterling Law Building Room 122, 127 Wall St

Description: Melissa Murray is the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches Family Law, Constitutional Law, Reproductive Rights and Justice, and Criminal Law. Most recently, Murray served as the Interim Dean of Berkeley Law. The #BlackExcellence Speaker Series brings in speakers from a variety of different fields of practice and expertise in the legal profession to inspire students and to showcase what black excellence means to YBLSA.

Sponsor: Yale Black Law Students Association

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


“Jim Crow in a World of Empire”: Exhibit Keynote with Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Where: SML Lecture Hall and Memorabilia Room, 120 High St

Description: Historian Adriane Lentz-Smith will provide the keynote lecture, “Jim Crow in a World of Empire,” to accompany the opening of the exhibit “An American and Nothing Else: The Great War and the Battle for National Belonging,” which explores African American military service and protest during WWI.  

Sponsor: Yale University Library and Yale Public Humanities

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


“Anyone Can Fly”:Chubb Fellowship Address by Faith Ringgold

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 4:30 PM

Where: Yale University Art Gallery,1111 Chapel St.

Description: In her lecture “Anyone Can Fly,” Ringgold will discuss her incredible career—which spans more than half a century—as a visual artist, educator, children’s book author, and civil-rights activist. Seating will be limited. Free tickets to the program are handed out in the lobby beginning one hour prior to the event; ticket holders are guaranteed a seat. A reception will follow immediately after the lecture.

Sponsor: This address is hosted by the Chubb Fellowship and Timothy Dwight College and co-sponsored by the following: African American Studies; Afro-American Cultural Center; American Studies; Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; History of Art; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration; Yale University Art Gallery; and Yale University School of Art.

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


The Art of Medicine: Sickle Cell Anemia

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar St. (Yale Medical Campus)

Description: Critically Acclaimed artist Hertz Nazaire has made waves with his art depicting Sickle Cell Anemia. His vibrant and moving artwork in patient advocacy has been featured on media outlets such as NPR and MIT Review, for its ability to connect the patient experience and the need for innovative research in under-funded research areas.

Also joining us will be YSM Associate Professor Farzana Prashankar, MD who will present advances in sickle cell anemia research at Yale and James Rawlings Board Chair of the SCDAA of Southern Connecticut and former Greater New Haven NAACP Chapter President who will present his organization’s effort to advocate for patient education and greater research for underserved patient populations.

Dinner will be provided.

Sponsor: The Yale School of Medicine SNMA/LMSA

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Celebrating Black Art

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Branford College TV Room

Description:A film screening of documentaries celebrating African American artists, the influence of the African Diaspora on art and a discussion on artists and intersectionality. Spots are limited. Please contact Carmen.Clarkin@yale.edu for more information.

Open To: Yale Community

Admission: Free


Black Love Matters

When: Friday, February 16, 2018 / 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Where: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale, 211 Park St

Description: Join BSAY in celebrating Black History Month and Black love! The evening is meant to strengthen community ties and serve as a reminder that Black is beautiful and beautiful is Black. The event is not limited to couples: bring your significant other, crush, or close friends!

Sponsor: Black Student Alliance at Yale

Open To: BSAY Community Members

Admission: Free


Black Panther Premiere Party and Screening

When: Friday, February 16, 2018 / 9:00 PM

Where: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale, 211 Park St

Description: Join the Afro American Cultural Center at Yale to celebrate the premier of Black Panther. Food and Beverages will be served at the House. Film screening will take place at Criterion Cinemas at 10:00 PM.

Sponsor: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale

Open To: Afro American Cultural Center Community Members

Admission: Subsidized Tickets, $10

Registration: Venmo @AfroAmerican-Center


Freedom Song: a social justice storytelling workshop with Aisha Fukushima

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12:00 PM

Where: Sterling Law Building Room TBA, 127 High St

Description:  In this workshop participants will learn about the power of music to create social change. Participants will hear stories from global hip hop movements that seek to challenge oppression with expression through their own unique forms of “RAPtivism” (rap activism) and spend the second half of the workshop learning some fundamental emceeing/songwriting skills and hip hop pedagogy tools. Aisha Fukushima is an artist and social justice entrepreneur who founded RAPtivism, a global hip hop project spanning over 10 countries and four continents, highlighting the ways in which culture, social justice, and creative expression intersect. This workshop is hosted as part of the Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale.

Sponsors: Afro American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, TSAI CITY, Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free for New Haven Residents and all Yale and CT College Students

Registration:http://www.cvent.com/events/24th-annual-rebellious-lawyering-conference/event-summary-7494eedf3b4e41e29f85411dfbafd8fb.aspx


Shades Valentine’s Day Jam

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Where: Battell Chapel

Description: Join Shades for our annual Valentine’s Day Jam! Celebrating music of the African Diaspora and African-American tradition, Shades dedicates this music to the best love songs in our repertoire.

Sponsor:

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Black Panther Viewing and Discussion

When:  Sunday, February 18, 2018 / 3:00 PM

Where: Bow Tie Criterion Theater

Description:  This event is open to the public, but will most likely require attendees to purchase subsidized tickets in order to see the film. The event will include watching the film and then a discussion afterwards.

Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Xi Omicron Chapter

Open To: General Public

Admission: Details Forthcoming


“Saturday Church” Movie Screening

When: Monday, February 19, 2018 / 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Where:Afro-American Cultural Center (Lighten Room), 211 Park St

Description: Join YBWC, BSAY, BMU, and Co-Op for a screening of Saturday Church, a timely coming of age film that grapples with questions of gender identity through music and dance, featuring a talkback/Q&A session with the lead actor, Luka Kain.

Sponsor: YBWC, BSAY, BMU, and Co-Op

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


The Rise and Fail of the N Word: Implicit Bias and the N Word Living in our Subconscious

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Description: he William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund presents: The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious by Rhinold Ponder, at Kehler Liddell Gallery. The exhibition challenges the lack of a common language in our efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism. This provocative exhibition contains work created by Ponder himself, as well as work commissioned by Ponder that includes a series of “N-Word Logos” created by artists worldwide. The exhibition seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue.

Sponsor: William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund(Contact at 203-230-3330 or visit wcgmf.org)

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Critical Listening and Conversation with Cécile McLorin Salvant

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 / 7:00 PM

Where: WLH 201–Sudler Hall, 100 Wall Street

Description: Join us for an evening of critical listening with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant in conversation with BSAW co-directors Professor Daphne A. Brooks (African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies) and Professor Brian Kane (Department of Music)

For more information visit blacksound.yale.edu

Sponsor: Presented by Yale’s Black Sound & the Archive Working Group (BSAW)

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Native Son, Director Pierre Chenal

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 / 7:00 PM

Where: Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street

Description: (USA, 1951) 107 min. 35mm, preserved by Library of Congress

Introduced by Melissa Barton, Curator of American Prose and Drama, Beinecke Library, with discussion to follow in conjunction with “Native Son on Stage and Screen” in “+ : The Art of Collaboration” on view at Beinecke Library January 19–April 15

Sponsor: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Films at the Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Yale Gospel Choir 45th Anniversary Celebration

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Where: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale E-Room, 211 Park St

Description: Yale Gospel Choir will be holding a special concert to celebrate its 45th anniversary with alumni, family, and friends. All are welcome!

Sponsor: Yale Gospel Choir

Open To: General Public

Admission: $5


Harlem Renaissance Night (BLSA Formal)

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 / 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Where: Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue

Description: The Yale Black Law Students Association cordially invites the black graduate community at Yale to join us at Lyric Hall on Saturday, February 24th from 8pm to midnight for our annual spring formal, Harlem Renaissance Night. There will be soul food from Anchor Spa and DJ Whippa will be spinning. Admission and food will be free with a cash bar available.

Sponsor: YBLSA

Admission: Free


Yale Jazz Ensemble Winter Concert

When: Monday, February 26, 2018 / 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street

Description: The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a seventeen-piece big band, performs a wide variety of music, from pieces from Yale’s Benny Goodman archive to the newest, most progressive jazz compositions. The Ensemble has performed in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York’s Village Vanguard and Iridium Jazz Club, and London’s Ronnie Scott’s.

Sponsor: Yale Bands

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


Black Excellence Speaker Series featuring Fatima Goss-Graves

When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 / 12:10 - 1:00 PM

Where: Sterling Law Building Room TBA, 127 Wall St

Description:  Fatima Goss Graves is the CEO and President of the National Women’s Law Center. Ms. Goss Graves has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. The #BlackExcellence Speaker Series brings in speakers from a variety of different fields of practice and expertise in the legal profession to inspire students and to showcase what black excellence means to YBLSA.

Sponsor: Yale Black Law Students Association

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free


BlackOUT: A Celebration of Afro-Heritage

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 / 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Where: Beinecke Terrace, School of Management

Description: BlackOUT is an SOM tradition.  Students and staff from across the SOM and broader Yale community come together and enjoy a night of musical, spoken word, and dance performances that celebrate and honor aspects of the African Diaspora.

Open To: Yale Community

Admission: Free


Poetry Write and Read

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 / 9:00 - 10:00 PM

Where: Afro American Cultural Center at Yale Gallery, 211 Park St

Description: Please come join WORD to write some poetry with prompts we have prepared ourselves. Those who would like to share with the group will then be welcomed to read aloud what they have written.

Sponsor: WORD Performance Poetry

Open To: General Public

Admission: Free