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An Evening with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

This is the opening program for the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies at the University of Kentucky. This major inaugural event will feature an address from Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., the American literary critic, professor, filmmaker, public intellectual, and host of "Finding Your Roots," a groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS. He also serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

The Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies is a multidisciplinary research institute housed in the College of Arts & Sciences' Department of African American and Africana Studies (AAAS). It is a cutting-edge research think tank for Black Studies research, including issues of race and racism. 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Online | Registration Required

UK's 26th Annual Black Women's Conference

The theme for UKY's 2021 Black Women's Conference is “Literature, Digital Media, and the Afrofuture.”

Dates: Feb 26th and 27th, 2021.

Register for all events here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/university-of-kentucky-26th-annual-black-wo...

Feb 26:
10:30am:  "The Future of Black Speculative Literature" Panel
6:00pm:  Keynote address:  Nalo Hopkinson

Feb 27:
3:00pm:  Kishonna Gray and Regina Hamilton play "Hair Nah" and "Bad Hair".  Community Gaming Event on Twitch
4:00pm:  Keynote discussion with Momo Pixel, moderated by Kishonna Gray and Regina Hamilton



Friday, February 26, 2021 - 10:30am to Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 4:00pm

Juneteenth Explained: ‘History Doesn’t Repeat Itself; People Do’

By Lindsey Piercy

A portrait of Vanessa Holden.LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2020) ⁠— It’s been said that history can help us understand the present and inform the future.

AAAS Statement in Support of Students

As African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) faculty at the University of Kentucky, we share the outrage at the current manifestations of white supremacy and paramilitarized racial violence by way of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and former UK student Breonna Taylor. The militarized state response to the ensuing protests confirms the threat that this uprising presents to those in power as well as the potential to facilitate real change that this uprising holds.


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