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Event Archives: Academic Year 2009-2010

March 5-6, 2010

Barack Obama and American Democracy
Symposium sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Department of History at Tufts University
Friday, March 5, 2010: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Center for the Humanities at Tufts (Fung House, 48 Professor's Row)
Saturday, March 6, 2010: 9:00am - 5:15pm
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, 2nd Floor
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March 3, 2010

Immigrants and Networks
Wednesday, March 3, 2010: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Randall Akee, Department of Economics, Tufts University Rabb Room, Tisch College Tufts University

February 25, 2010

Nollywood Event
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 6:00pm
, in Tisch 304.
"The Nollywood Diaspora: A video genre"
Jonathan Haynes, Long Island University

The Nigerian film industry is now the third largest in the world and reaches far beyond Nigeria's borders, although not through the normal channels of international film distribution. As the international dimensions of Nollywood have grown, many films with foreign settings have appeared, made as collaborations between the Lagos-based industry and a Nigerian expatriate community. These films constitute a genre, which this presentation will define and set in the context of Nollywood aesthetics.

February 16, 2010

Gerald Gill Memorial Lecture
Gerald Gill Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 5:00pm, in Goddard Chapel.

February 11, 2010

Transnational Studies Working Group
Thursday, February 11, 2010: 12pm-1:30pm

PProfessor Charles Shiro Inouye, Tufts University Global Gothic: Pale Skin and Long Black Hair Humanities Center
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February 9, 2010

Challenges Posted by the Iraqi Humanitarian Situation
Tuesday, February 9, 2010: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
MMichel Gabaudan, United Nation High Commission on Refugees Lucian Pye Seminar Room MIT Bldg E40-464 | 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 MIT Center for International Studies

Reed Ueda, Co-Chair: Inter-University Committee on International Migration (IUCIM), MIT Center for International Studies

January 28, 2010

Annual MLK Celebration
Date: January 28, 2010
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Goddard Chapel

All members of the university community are invited to attend Tufts' annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year's celebration will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 4:30pm in Goddard Chapel on the Medford/Somerville campus. The keynote address, "From Martin Luther King to Barack Obama," will be delivered by Professor of History Peniel Joseph.

Dr. Peniel Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. He is the editor of The Black Power Movement and Neighborhood Rebels. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The New York Times, and American Historical Review. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights whose commentary has been featured on NPR and Public Radio nationally.

This annual celebration is sponsored by the Office of the President and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Africana Center, the University Chaplaincy, Hillel, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Pan-African Alliance.

January 20, 2010

Peniel Joseph discusses his new book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama
Porter Square Books, Porter Square, Cambridge
January 20, 2010, 7pm
Peniel Joseph has written a new book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. At this talk Professor Joseph will discuss the unsung legacy of the civil rights and Black Power eras in shaping our current national politics and contextualizing the historic election of our 44th President.
Peniel Joseph is also the author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, 2006.

January 18, 2010

"From 'Dark Days' to 'Bright Nights', Reexamining the Civil Rights Era"
Peniel Joseph appears on PBS NewsHour
Airdate: January 18, 2010

December 11, 2009

Born of Adamastor: The Classical Heritage in the Works of the South African Poet, Douglas Livingstone (1932-1996)
Douglas Livingstone was a microbiologist who started reading translations of Classical authors in his twenties. Like Roy Butler and other contemporary South African poets, he shows a keen awareness of the complexity of incorporating the European literary heritage within a body of work that is strongly rooted in an African context, both rural and urban. Drawing on his collected works and some unpublished material from the archives of the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown, this paper demonstrates how Livingstone uses the mythological and historical heritage from Antiquity to highlight themes of human weakness and ecological fragility.

Kathleen Coleman, Department of Classics, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Transnational Studies Working Group
December 11, 2009
Center for the Humanities at Tufts, Fung House, 48 Professor's Row

December 8, 2009

It Hit the Wall at Lewis Hall: The 1969 Civil Rights Protests at Tufts
Sponsored by: Office of Residential Life and Learning
Professor Daniel Mulholland, History
Daniel Coleman, '73
Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 8:00pm
Lewis Hall Common Area

(Between September 1969
and February 1970, the Civil
Rights movement strengthened
at Tufts University. And it had
a lot to do with Lewis Hall. 
In this 40th anniversary year
of the event, come hear what
actually happened from people
who were there.)

December 5, 2009

May It All Come True, OP-ED story from The New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman

December 4, 2009

Fieldtrip to Boston University's African Studies Library and African Studies Center
Foundation and research seminar students accompany Prof. Jeanne Penvenne on a fieldtrip to Boston University's African Studies Library and African Studies Center.  Included was a trip to the MLK monument and plaza.


November 30, 2009

John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health, Harvard University
"Managing South Asia's Waters"  View WEBCAST >
Cabot Center, 7th Floor

November 19, 2009

Afghans want Obama to hold Karzai's feet to the fire, OP-ED story from the LA Times, by Pashtoon Atif, a student at Tufts University.

November 18, 2009

In Memory & Legacy: The Interdisciplinary of Civil Rights
Time: 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: 102 West Village G
For more information about this event and the panelists, please visit
Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center
Department of English and Department of History
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02155

Dr. Kimberly Juanita Brown
Dept. of English, Northeastern University

Dr. Peniel E.Joseph
Dept. of History, Tufts University

Dr. Charissa Threat
Dept. of History, Northeastern University

This symposium brings together and interdisciplinary panel of academic-activists who focus on the challenges of research and pedagogy as they relate to the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Kimberly Juanita Brown, Peniel E. Joseph, and Charissa Threat, who work within and beyond the parameters of the movement's ideology, engage in a conversation about the different ways in which they enter the discourse of this historical, cultural, and political movement.