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Past 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

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

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

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


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!

Sponsored by Instructional Related Activities

Black History Month Lecture Series: History Month Lecture

Futurism in Africana Studies

with Ajani Brown 

Monday, February 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Screening of IbiFilming the Female Immigrant Experience in Europe: Screening of Ibi (2017) by Andrea Segre and Q&A with the director 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ibitocho Sehounbiatou (Ibi) took pictures and filmed her life in Italy for over 10 years. This film is born from her images, her creativity and her energy. The film is entirely based on the self-narration, direct and spontaneous, made by an immigrant woman telling about herself and about her Europe to her sons in Africa. This is an intense and intimate journey into the difficult, lively and colorful world of a visual artist.

Ibi was born in Benin in 1960. In 2000 she decided to take a big risk in order to give her three children a better future. She left them with her mother and accepted to transport some drug from Nigeria to Italy – but she didn’t succeed. She spent three years in jail in Naples. Once released she stayed in Italy, unable to see her children and her mother for 15 years. In Italy, she became a photographer and started to film her life in order to make them understand what it was like. She described her life and her house in Castel Volturno, where she lived with her new companion, Salami, and Italy where she tried to get her dignity and hope back. This film was made starting from the images Ibi shot.

Andrea Segre returns to SDSU with a powerful new documentary. Segre is an award-winning director of films and documentaries for cinema and television. His filmmaking is concerned primarily with issues of migration and human rights. Among his documentaries are South of Lampedusa (2006), Like A Man on Earth (2008), and Closed Sea (2012). His feature films include Shun Li and the Poet (2011), First Snowfall (2013) and The Order of Things (2017). He is also a researcher in Sociology of Communication and the founder of the association ZaLab, which develops collaborative productions and participatory video workshops.

Co-sponsored with the Department of European Studies, the Italian Studies Program, Circolo italiano, Le Cercle Français, the Center for European Studies, the Department of Women’s Studies, the College of Arts and Letters, and the San Diego Italian Film Festival

New Article Published

Congratulations to Dr. Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers whose new article,  Not a Trophy Wife: (Re) Interpreting the Position held by Queens of Kemet during the new kingdom as a political seat, has been published in the Journal of Black Studies Vol 49, Issue 7, pp. 647 – 671.

Diop Conference 2018

Faculty from Africana Studies will present at the 30th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, October 12 and 13, 2018, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  Presentations will include:

  • “Black Student mothers: A culturally relevant exploratory study” - Dr. Sureshi Jayawardene
  • “An examination of post-Obama African American leadership: A Reckoning” -  Dr. Adisa Alkebulan
  • “(RE)Turn to the Feminine Divine to Increase the Power vested in Black Womanhood: A Mandate for Strengthening African Agency” -  Dr. Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers

Dr. Patton
Spare the Child: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Lecture by Dr. Stacey Patton

Raised by abusive adoptive parents and shuttled from numerous foster homes and youth shelters throughout the State of New Jersey, Dr. Patton is now an award-winning journalist, author, historian, college pro-fessor, motivational speaker and passionate children’s advocate.

This event is sponsored by The Department of Africana Studies, Student Affairs, The Office of Special Projects in the College of Education, The School of Social Work, The Department of Child and Family Development, the Community Based Block Program, and the Departments of Women's Studies and Chicana/Chicano Studies the Cultural Competency Minor. The event is also supported by Student Success Fees.

MLKMartin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

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

Friday, January 19, 2018

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