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Video from Past Events

2018 MLK Leture in Social Justice

Our 2018 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice featured a conversation with Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice; Amber Hikes, Executive Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia; and Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League.


2017 Higginbotham Lecture

featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation with Dr. Camille Charles

The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Lecture was instituted in 1989 in honor of Judge Higginbotham’s contributions to the American legal and scholarly communities. Presented during the fall semester each year, the lecture focuses on a topic, event, or personality in African American and African diasporic communities of either historical or contemporary significance in the areas of history, sociology, social justice, or law.


Under the Gun: A Conference on State Violence and Black Populations

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2017 Race and Sports

The Center for Africana Studies and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative conversation on race, sports and activism featuring Preston Brown (Woodrow Wilson High School Football Coach), John Carlos (US Track & Field, ’68 Olympics), Anita DeFrantz (US Rowing Team, ’76 Olympics), Sonny Vaccaro (Sports Marketing, Nike, Adidas and Reebok).


The Politics of Black Women's Hair Symposium

Morning Session


Late Session


2015 Race and Sports 


2015 MLK Lecture


2014 Higginbotham Lecture 


2013 Artist in Residence - Amiri Baraka


2013 Higginbotham Lecture


Africana Future

Panel One: Knowledge Production and the Fetish of Theory

Panel Two: Teleologies of Space, Place and Time

Panel Three: Gatekeeping and the Problem of Recognition

Panel Four: Black Body Politic


Future of the Field