Lecture Series

Spring 2019 Africana Lecture Series

Tuesdays, 12:05-12:55, STEV 1002 (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 Kristen Reynolds at reynolkr@sonoma.edu to confirm or with any questions.

January 29: D. Scot Miller
Afrosurrealist Absurity & what it reveals About Sytemic Oppression

D. Scot Miller is an Oakland-based writer, artist and curator. A regular contributor to Gawker Review of Books, Sensitive Skin, City Lights, and Mosaic Magazine, he is the author of The AfroSurreal Manifesto.

February 12: Dr. Megan Burke
Colonial Politics, Sexual Violence, & the Racialization of 'Woman.'"

Dr. Megan Burke is an assistant professor of philosophy at Sonoma State University whose forthcoming book, When Time Warps: the Lived Experience of Gender, Race, and Sexual Violence, considers how colonial legacies and racist ideologies of rape are central to the contemporary experience of gender.

March 5: Dahlak Brathwaite
Adapting History: the Hip-Hop Aesthetic of Sampling & its Ties to the Lineage of Black American Music.

Dahlak is a musician, actor, poet, and educator who has been featured on HBO, Upworthy, 2DopeBoyz, and Pitchfork. He is
currently adapting his one-man play SpiritTrials into an ensemble musical.

March 12: Dr. Angelo Williams
Black Life Matters?: A Socio-Historical Review of Public Policy Issues (Health, Education, Justice, Wealth) in the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Reconstructions in the United States.

Dr. Angelo Williams serves as a practitioner-professor of Sociology, African American/African Studies and Public Policy at UC
Davis, CSU Sacramento, Sacramento City, and Sierra Community Colleges. He is also Deputy Director of the California Black Health Network, which advocates for Black health equity.

March 26: Dr. Charise Cheney
"Blacks Against Brown: The Black Anti-Integration Movement in Topeka, Kansas."

Charise Cheney is an expert in African-American pop culture and how it relates to race, gender and sexuality. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor of ethnic studies. Her recent work focuses on the use of black stereotypes by white
artists in their music and videos. Charise’s book, “Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of
Rap Nationalism,” examines the political expression of rap artists within the historical tradition of black nationalism.

April 2: Cat Brooks
"Why We Call It Terror: A New Way of Imagining Public Safety."

Cat Brooks is the Executive Director of the Justice Teams Network, a network of grassroots activists providing
rapid response and healing justice in response to state violence across California. She recently ran for mayor of
Oakland and has spent her life organizing to bring an end to unjust systems which sustain the privileges of the status quo.

April 9: Alan Pelaez Lopez
Crimmigration: Why is no one Talking About Undocumented Black Immigrants?

Alan Peleaz Lopez is an Afro-Indigenous writer and visual artist from Oaxaca, Mexico. Their work appears in Rewire News, Splinter News, Everyday Feminism, POETRY, and elsewhere.

April 23: Dr. Omayra Ortega
The Statistics Behind "Driving While Black."

Omayra Y. Ortega is an assistant professor of mathematics & statistics at Sonoma State University. She earned her Ph.D. (2008) and an M.S. (2005) in applied mathematics and computational sciences from the University of Iowa, where she also was
awarded her Masters of Public Health. She earned a B.A. in music and in pure mathematics from Pomona College in

April 30: Dr. Kelsey Moss
Black Slavery & Spiritual Racialization in Colonial Brazil.

Kelsey Christina Moss is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and Georgetown University. Her current project examines the intersection of race and religion as evidenced in missionary projects to convert enslaved Africans in the Spanish, Portuguese, and British Americas.


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