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The Ground on Which We Stand
A public conversation between Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Dr. Monica White Ndounou
Friday, September 30, 2016 | 5:00 pm | Barnum 008
Conversation between Professor Ndounou from the Tufts Department of Drama & Dance and Tony award winning actor, director, and playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson; known for his play and teleplay Lackawanna Blues, his film and television roles in Selma and Castle and his work on the plays of August Wilson including Gem of the Ocean.
Sponsored by the American Studies Program with support from the Nat R. and Martha Knaster Charitable Trust; the Department of Drama and Dance; the Africana Studies Program; the Latino Studies Program; the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and the Diaspora; the Center for the Humanities at Tufts; and the Film and Media Studies Program

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Opening party for Dineh exhibit
Opening party for the Dineh exhibit (Navajo exhibit), Hozho: Walk in Beauty, created by four students, as an outcome of their AS Independent Studies, will be held in the Slater Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center on Tuesday, December 10, 5:00pm. Please join us for good food and good company!

American Studies at Tufts
Tufts Art Gallery is creating an e-book, "Up from the Center of the Earth: Ten Pueblo Pots from the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection." It describes the exhibition created by the students in American Studies 101: Native American Art Beauty and Meaning, taught by Joan Lester this past spring. The exhibit is in a large case in Slater Concourse.

Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, "Hawaiian Indigeneity and the Contradictory Politics of Self-Determination"
March 26, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm, Alumnae Lounge
Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui is Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity. She is currently working on a second book project, Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, a critical study on gender and sexual politics and the question of Hawaiian indigeneity in relation to state-centered Hawaiian nationalism.

Dhoruba Bin Wahad, "The Rise of Democratic Fascism: Post 60's Revision of Black Radicalism in America and the Corporate National-Security-State"
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 4:00-7:00pm, Cabot Asean Auditorium
Dhoruba Bin Wahad is a former Black Panther Party leader from New York. Once a political prisoner in the USA for 19 years, he is a long time Pan-African activist, writer, and lecturer. On several occasions, Bin Wahad has appeared before the UN commission on Human Rights, and its special committee on Decolonization, as an NGO representative. He has helped organize several international forums on political prisoners and US human rights violations as well. Having worked with scores of civil war refugees in West and Central Africa seeking asylum in the United States and elsewhere, Bin Wahad is currently an advocate for the establishment of an All-African Refugee and Relief Foundation – spanning the continent and the diaspora – under the auspices of the African Union. As a writer, Bin Wahad's work appears in numerous publications from Covert Action Bulletin to The Black Scholar. In 1993, he would collaborate with Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur on the Semiotext(e) book, Still Black, Still Strong: Survivors of the War against Black Revolutionaries. A Muslim, Bin Wahad continues to write for various Black periodicals in the U.S. as well as continental African and Middle-Eastern newspapers. Finally, his historic experiences are featured in two award-winning documentaries, Framing the Panthers in Black & White and Passin' It On: The Black Panthers' Search for Justice.

American Studies Faculty-Student Reception
November 13, 2013 | 6:00-9:00 pm | Remis Sculpture Court
The third annual American Studies Faculty-Student Reception will be held on November 13, 6:00-9:00 pm, Remis Sculpture Court. Join faculty and students for dinner and conversation in the sculpture gallery.

Black Radical Imagination
November 10, 2013 | 2:00-3:30 pm | Alfond Auditorium, G36
The Black Radical Imagination film series will premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, November 10, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Alfond Auditorium, G36. Meet some of the filmmakers and participate in the discussion that follows. Visit the link to purchase tickets and for more information. Students who show their Tufts ID will receive the student discount. Co-sponsored by the American Studies program.

Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi, "How Does it Feel To Be a Problem, Still: Being Young and Muslim in America today"
October 24, 2013 | 7:30-9:00 pm | Distler Performance Hall
Dr. Bayoumi will meet with faculty and students, Oct 24, 4:00-5:00 pm, Tisch 310
Moustafa Bayoumi is Associate Professor of English at CUNY Brooklyn. He is the author of How Does it Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America, and the editor of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel / Palestine Conflict, and coeditor of The Edward Said Reader.

Knaster Artists-in-Residence

Kristoffer Diaz's play, Welcome to Arroyo's
October 17-19 and 24-26, 2013 | 8:00 pm
Obie Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Kristoffer Diaz's play, Welcome to Arroyo's, directed by Professor Noe Montez, will be performed at Balch Arena Theater, Aidekman Arts Center, October 17-19 and 24-26, 2013 at 8:00 pm. Playwright Kristoffer Diaz will participate in a post-show discussion following the opening night performance, October 17, and offer his insights on contemporary art and theatre on October 18, 12:00-1:15 pm, Balch Arena.

Sound designer Dave Remedios, creator of the hip-hop soundtrack for Welcome to Arroyo's, will talk about his work, October 16, 12:00-1:15pm, Aidekman 12.

Remedios and graffiti artist ABBYTC-5 will participate in a post-show discussion following the performance on October 24. ABBY TC-5 has installed a mural of her work outside Mayer Campus Center. ABBY TC-5 speaks on October 25, 12:00-1:15 pm, Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman.