Video from Past Events

2020 MLK Lecture: Angela Davis & Gina Dent


2019 Race and Sports: Michael Bennett


Fascism & Racism: Intimate Partners in Modern Politics 


Brave Testimony 2019: Chris Abani

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Brave Testimony 2019: Husnaa Hashim


MLK: An Interfaith Commemoration and Conversation in Social Justice 

An Interfaith Commemoration and Conversation in Social Justice honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring a conversation with the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II and Dr. Camille Z. Charles, musical entertainment and the presentation of the MLK Community Involvement Awards.


Antinomies of Democracy Symposium

Panel 1: Demetra Kasimis, Jeff Winters

Panel 2: Christopher Parker, Tulia Falletti

Panel 3: Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Sophia Rosenfeld

Panel 4: Michael Hanchard, Anne Norton


2018 Higginbotham Lecture ft. Maya Wiley

Race and Sex in the Time of Trump


Faculty Colloquium: Kevin Quashie

The Case for an Aesthetics of Black Aliveness


Africa Lecture Series: David Amponsah

Kwame Nkrumah and the Politics of Religion in Early Postcolonial Ghana


Faculty Colloquium: Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley

Unapologetically Femme: Queering Black Genders in Beyonce's "Sorry”

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, where she specializes in Black Feminism and Black Queer Studies.


2018 Race & Sports

featuring Kenneth Shropshire, Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport, Arizona State University and David W. Hauck Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies andBusiness Ethics, University of Pennsylvania and Collin D. Williams, Jr., Director, Leadership & Education Programs,Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality


2018 Brave Testimony

featuring Husnaa Hashim, Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, and Alysia Harris, award-winning poet.


PRSS Conference - Ordering the Human: Global Science and Racial Reason

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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