Current News and Events

Professor Nesbitt Appears on BBC World News

With almost all of district results declared, the African National Congress (ANC) has won 58% of the ballot, well ahead of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on 21%. The ANC, which has been in power since 1994, won 62% of the vote at the last general election in 2014. Anger over the economy and corruption may have eroded its appeal.

Francis Nesbitt a professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University says the low turn-out of voters is connected to the issues of corruption and the fact that a lot of the youth are unemployed and they feel the economy is not working for them, but rather for the small number of rich people and so they chose not to vote.

New Book Event

Friday, May 10, 2019
2-4 pm
Center for Intercultural Relations

Join us for this upcoming event celebrating the publication of a new book by by Dr. Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers (SDSU) and Dr.  Marquita M. Gammage (CSU, Northridge): Challenging Misrepresentations of Black Womanhood: Media, Literature and Theory.   The book "investigates the stereotyping of Black womanhood and the larger sociological impact on Black women. The text details the historical and contemporary use of stereotypes against Black women and how Black women work to challenge and dispel false perceptions."

Black Women’s History Month Lecture Series

Black Student Mothers: A Culturally Relevant Exploratory Study

Monday, March 18, 2019, Student Services West 1500, 3:30-4:30pm

With Sureshi Jayawardene

Black single mothers are educated beyond high school and others are seeking education toward better conditions for themselves and their families. Nevertheless, one of the most prevailing racial stereotypes about Black single mothers is that of inadequacy, particularly that they are uneducated. Single mothers in college are challenged with balancing a range of responsibilities including school, parenthood, and often also employment. For Black single mothers, the added burden of racial stereotypes and myths present further challenges to succeeding as both students and parents. A more comprehensive view of the experiences of Black women student parents can help highlight strategies that are effective in responding to the challenges at the intersection of Black motherhood and role as student. This study offers data on the experiences of Black women student parents currently enrolled at select U.S. colleges and universities. It is culturally relevant and focuses on self-perceptions and agency in the lived realities of Black women who are student parents on college campuses. The findings aid in debunking negative racial stereotypes associated with Black mothers, adds to research about Black women’s educational attainment, highlights the needs of Black student mothers in higher education, and contributes to understandings of the outcomes of education for Black women.

To get a Little More Learning

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Storm Hall 119, 12pm

With Candace Katungi

Candane Katungi is an assistant professor of Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College. Born and raised in San Diego, she double majored in Ethnic Studies and Political Science at U.C. San Diego, before heading to the east coast to pursue a master’s degree in Africana Studies. It was through Africana Studies that she discovered her love for history. Professor Katungi has a masters degree in Africana Studies and a masters degree in U.S. history , from Cornell University.  She specializes in African American Women’s History, Black Intellectual traditions, nineteenth century America, and gender. Her current research explores the rise of the Radial Abolitionist Movement, through the lens of Black Women. She looks specifically at the centrality of spirituality, community service, and education, within Black Women’s work, and the Abolitionist Movement overall. Professor Katungi is also  the co-author of “Committed to Institution Building: James Turner and the History of Africana Studies at Cornell, An Interview,” published in the Journal of American Studies (2012)

Reclaiming our Worth

Thursday, March 28, 2019 , Geology/Math Room 309, 11am


ISHE is a “Creative Visionary.” Artist, speaker, Facilitator and Author/Illustrator of an award winning children’s book entitled “Sol the Super Hairo,” which is a story celebrating the glory of natural beauty for children.

SHE is also the Co-Author of “I AM,” a multigenerational book of self-validating affirmations. ISHE has dedicated over 20 years to empowering diverse audiences through the arts.

HER purpose is to inspire women to fearlessly and fiercely embrace their creativity, authenticity, and inner beauty!

She is the Co-Creator and facilitator of “Women’s Worth: Reclaiming our Divinity & Our Destiny” A Multigenerational Women’s Empowerment Experiences that focuses on celebrating, uplifting, valuing and validating ALL WOMEN!

ISHE’s motto is “The More We Reveal—The More We Heal” and she believes that one of the 1st steps to creating strong confident girls and women is through reclaiming our feminine power, honoring our body, mind and spirit and redefining who we truly are!

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Black History Month Lecture Series: History Month Lecture

Futurism in Africana Studies

with Ajani Brown 

Monday, February 11, 2019
Peterson Gym 153

Ajani Brown is a double alumni of San Diego State University where he earned  his MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English. He proposed and developed the cutting edge course, AfroFuturism, which is the interdisciplinary study of Afri­ can and African American contributions to science fiction, comic book art, pop culture, and its origins and influences using futurist topics and cultural production to discuss Social Justice and Redefining Identity.

Seeing our futures clearly: Afrocentrism, the gaze, and reclaiming the apocalypse

with Dr. Jennifer Williams 

Monday, February 25, 2019
Arts and Letters 101

Dr. Jennifer Williams earned her Ph.D. in African American Studies with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies from Temple University. She received her BA in International Studies with an emphasis in African Studies from University of La Verne. Her research and teachings include African American Women's History, Black Queer Studies, Africana Nerd Culture, and Afrofuturism. Her current research explores understudies political expressions of African American women, such as in their digital media footprints, fashion and sexual activities.

California Censored: Queen Calafia Ruler of California!

with Tamra L. Dicus 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Arts and letters 101

Tamra L. Dicus is a Patent Examiner and a former Thomas Jeffer­son School of Law student. She is the founder of California is Me and the author of "Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman." The fictional narrative of Queen Calafia is the namesake of California and inspired DC Comics' Wonder Woman. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

The Department of Africana Studies Presents:
Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

Friday, January 25, 2019
Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Montezuma Hall
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Cost: $50 per person, $400 per table (seats 8), $500 sponsorship 

To RSVP, please download and fill out our reservation form.  Return the signed forms via campus mail (MC 6032) or hand delivered to AL 373.

Please contact Kaia Green with any questions at ext. 5341.