Lecture Series

Fall 2017 Africana Lecture Series

Tuesdays, 12:05-12:55, Darwin 102 (map)

This is a weekly lecture series offered by the Department of American Multicultural Studies, featuring guest presentations and discussions that focus on historical and contemporary topics relating to people of African descent. This lecture series is in honor of Dr. LeVell Holmes and his contributions to the Sonoma State University community.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Note: The following schedule may change.  Please contact Christina Baker at bakechri@sonoma.edu to confirm or with any questions.

September 12: Janet Stickmon
To Black Parents Visiting the Earth…

Janet Stickmon is currently a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College.  She is the author of Crushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir and Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Short Stories on Womanhood and the Spirit.  She is also the author of To Black Parents Visiting Earth:  A Guide to Raising Black Children in the 21st Century (forthcoming).    

September 19: Prudence Carter
Race, Culture, and Education

Update: This talk will take place in The Cooperage

Dr. Prudence Carter’s talk is co-sponsored with the SSU School of Education.

Prudence Carter is the Dean of the School of Education at UC Berkeley. Previously, she was a Professor of Education and a Professor Sociology at Stanford University, and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.  Her work focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities among social groups, especially in education and schooling.  She is the author of Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White, Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools, andClosing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance.

October 3: Raquell Holmes
Changing Relations of Race and Science

Dr. Raquell Holmes is a pioneer in the use of improvisation and performance to advance scientific research communities. Trained formally as a cell biologist, Holmes works in the fields of high performance computing and computational sciences. As the founder of improvscience, she uses her training in human development and performance from to help scientists build collaborative learning and research environments.

October 10: Howard Jordan
Community/Police Relations in Predominantly African American Communities

Howard Jordan has a professional background in law enforcement and rose through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Oakland, where he worked to develop a community policing partnership with residents of Oakland.  He currently works as a private investigator and shares his knowledge and experience in the law enforcement profession with others as a professor at Diablo Valley College and Merritt College.

October 24: Chuck Rhodes
The Black Church and Sexuality

Chuck Rhodes retired from Sonoma State University as Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in 2011, after 31 years at SSU.  He recently graduated from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta with a Masters in Divinity.  He is involved with the renewed Poor Peoples’ Campaign and other human rights organizations.

November 7: Ronald Johnson
Leading a Historically Black University

Dr. Ronald Johnson’s talk is co-sponsored with the SSU School of Business and Economics.

Ronald Johnson is the fourth President of Clark Atlanta University, a private, historically black university in Atlanta, Georgia.  He earned the M.A and the Ph.D. degrees in economics from Stanford University.  Prior to becoming the CAU president, Dr. Johnson was the dean of the Texas Southern University Jesse H. Jones (JHJ) School of Business and a full professor of finance since 2011. President Johnson built his career around teaching, mentoring and preparing future leaders in the investment, global financial management, international business, portfolio and securities analysis, economics and banking arenas.

November 14: Maxine Craig
Sorry I Don’t Dance: Why Men Refuse to Move

Maxine Craig is Chair and Professor in the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program at the University of California, Davis. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Craig studies social formations of gender and race through everyday embodied practices. She is the author of Sorry I Don’t Dance: Why Men Refuse to Move and Ain’t I a Beauty Queen? Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race.

December 5: Joanne Rondilla
Colorism in the U.S.

Joanne Rondilla is currently a Visiting Professor in the AMCS Department at Sonoma State University.  Prior to coming to Sonoma State, Dr. Rondilla taught in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, after receiving her doctorate in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.  She is the co-author of Is Lighter Better? Skin-Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans.


This lecture series is made possible thanks to the SSU Instructionally Related Activities Program.