Lectures 2010

Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:30 PM,

Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Prof. Stephen Balkaran
Adjunct Professor of African-American Studies
Central Connecticut State University

Marcus White Living Room

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3:30 PM

Engaging African-Americans into Out-Patient Mental Health

Dr. Reginald Simmons
Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology/Criminal Justice
Central Connecticut State University

Marcus White Living Room

Friday, Feb. 19, 2:00 PM

An Analysis of Ava Gardner's Showboat, 1951

Dr. Felton O. Best
CSU Professor of Philosophy and
Director, African-American Studies
Central Connecticut State University

Diloreto Hall, Room 101


Thursday, February 25, 11 AM

Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

Dr. Peniel Joseph
Distinguished Professor of History
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

Alumni Hall, Student Center

Black Intellectual Ministers in the Civil Rights Era

Archbishop Rev. Dr. LeRoy Bailey, Jr.
Senior Pastor, First Cathedral Church
Bloomfield, Connecticut

Vance Academic Building, Room 105



Lectures in 2009

The Civil Rights Movement in the United States
Dr. Felton O. Best, Professor of Philosophy and Director of African American Studies

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Founder's Hall

Co-sponsors: Philosophy Dept, Political Science Dept, and Peace Studies Program
Contact Professor Walton L. Brown-Foster 832-2961 or  Carol Shaw Austad 832-3101

Remembering African Captivity and Resistance Through African Eyes: The Black Public Sphere in White Public Space (documentary film directed by Haile Gerima)
Discussion with Professors Warren Perry and Evelyn Phillips.
Thursday, February 26, 4:30 p.m. Vance 105.
Contacts: Yhara Zelinka nietoyhp@ccsu.edu or 860-832-0178; Warren Perry at perryw@ccsu.edu, Evelyn Phillips at phillipse@ccsu.edu


Sixth Annual Amistad Lecture: “The African Struggle for Empowerment: From AMISTAD to Barack Obama,
Tuesday, February 24
, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Founders Hall, Davidson Building  
Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, President of the (U.S.) African Studies Association, Head of the Department of African American Studies, Professor of African American Studies and History, and  Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
. Olusegun Sogunro at 832-2131 or Dr. Gloria Emeagwali at 832-2815.

The 2009 Carter G. Woodson Lecture in conjunction with the State of Connecticut Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Lectures and Events

Barack Obama and Reflections of Lincoln
Peniel E. Joseph, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Brandeis University
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
4:00 pm, Torp Theatre (tentative)
For other events in this series: here
Contact: Felton O. Best, bestf@ccsu.edu 2-2190


The 2008 African American Studies Carter G. Woodson Lectures

February 28, Panel discussion “Obama and Clinton—The Impact of Gender and Race in the 2008 Presidential Election” 3:30–5:00 p.m., BELLIN GALLERY, Student Center

Dr. Felton Best, director, African American Studies (introduction)
Dr. Walton Brown Foster, CCSU Department of Political Science  (moderator)
Attorney Shawn Council, CCSU Department of Philosophy
Dr. Daryl McMiller, University of Hartford Department of Political Science
Professor Antonia Moran, CCSU Department of Political Science
Dr. Evelyn Simien—University of Connecticut Department of Political Science


March 13Lecture “The Black Power Movement in America–Past and Present,” by Dr. Penial Joseph, 3:30p -5:00p, Founder's Hall.  Joseph, Brandeis University Department of African and Afro-American Studies and State University of New York- Stonybrook Department of Africana Studies, is the author of Waiting Till the Midnight Hour—A Narrative History of Black Power in America. 
Dr. Felton Best, director, African American Studies, and Dr. Katherine Harris, CCSU, Department of History

The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, African American Studies and the School of Arts and Sciences.  For more information, please contact, Professor Walton Brown Foster, brownw@ccsu.edu or 832-2961.

The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series 2007

February 1st  (4 p.m. Marcus White Living Room)

Mr. Emory Shaw Campbell
Former Executive Director of the Penn Center &
Founder of Gullah Heritage Consulting Services

Topic: "Enslaved African-American Cultural Retentions in the United States"

February 8th  (4 p.m. Marcus White Living Room)

Dr. Ralph Roy
Civil Rights Activist & Freedom Rider

Topic:  "Reflections of My Life with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." 

February 22nd ( 4 p.m. Founder's Hall)

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Senior Research Professor of African-American Studies
University of Colorado Boulder

"The Status of Blacks in Higher Education"
(This is School of Arts & Sciences Diversity Lecture Symposium)


The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series
February, 2006

"Race, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and The Future of the US Supreme Court"

February celebrates the distinguished history of Black Americans!

Please join us at 11AM on Thursday, February 9th in Founders Hall for a discussion with

Professor Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr.

Associate Clinical
>Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney, Yale University Law School

Sponsored by the

African American Studies Program and

The Department of Political Science

For more information contact Dr. Felton Best at ext. 22109 or

Dr. Walton Brown Foster at ext. 22961

"Contributions of Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement: 1954-1965"

Please join us at 11AM on Thursday, February 16th in the Marcus White Living Room for a discussion with

Professor Felton Best

Distinguished CSU Professor of Philosophy

Sponsored by:

The African American Studies Program

For more information contact Dr. Best at ext. 22109


"Black Women and Religious Leadership in American History"

Please join us at 11AM on Thursday, February 23th in Founders Hall for a discussion with

Dr. Riggins Earl

Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary of Atlanta, Georgia

Sponsored by:

The African American Studies Program


For more information contact Dr. Felton Best at ext. 22109

The Reason Why We Teach: A Social History of Connecticut’s First African American "Professor,
Dr. Juliette Phifer-Burstman"

Please join us at 11AM on Tuesday, February 28th in Founders Hall for a discussion with

Dr. Stacey Close

Professor of History and Director of Faculty Development at ECSU

Sponsored by:

The African American Studies Program

For more information contact Dr. Felton Best at ext. 22109


Past Programs in the Lecture Series

Special Lecture Spring 2005 

Guest Lecture

 Professor Lani Guinier Thursday, April 28, 2005, at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Center,  Alumni Lounge.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, became the first black woman tenured professor at Harvard Law School when she joined the faculty there in 1998. She was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School for ten years before coming to Harvard. Prof. Guinier first came to public attention in 1993 when then President Clinton nominated her to head the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice and then withdrew the nomination without a confirmation hearing. Clinton acted in the face of a media firestorm generated by inaccurate and unfounded criticism about her views on democracy. She is "an idea woman" who does not shrink from controversy and "a prophetic voice" for issues of racial justice, gender equity, and democratic transformation. She has used her public platform to write five books, including her most recent book, The Miner's Canary, (coauthored with Gerald Torres). Her fourth book, Who’s Qualified (with Susan Sturm) discussed new ways of addressing issues of diversity and excellence to open up opportunity not just for people of color and women but for everyone. She also coauthored Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School and Institutional Change and published a personal and political memoir, Lift Every Voice. Her primary teaching and writing interests include voting rights, democratic theory, law and social change, and the legal profession and the responsibilities of public lawyers. She co-founded the Racetalks Initiative, a research and public education project that seeks to develop new interdisciplinary paradigms for linking racial and gender justice to the project of building more inclusive institutions. Prof. Guinier was Assistant Counsel and Head of the Voting Rights Project for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1980s and worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department in the late 1970s. Prof. Guinier received her BA from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and her JD from Yale Law School. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2002 Sacks-Freund Teaching Award, the 1995 Margaret Brent Woman Lawyers of Achievement Award, the Champion of Democracy Award, and eight honorary degrees.

For information contact Professor Felton O. Best,  Central Connecticut State University, 832-2190 or bestf@ccsu.edu.


The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series 2005


Thursday, March 3, 2005 12:30 pm -2:30pm, Founders Hall, Davidson Hall

“From Maria Stewart to Condoleezza Rice (Puppet, Parrot, Paragon, or Policy-Maker): African American Women & the American Political System”
Panel discussion: Ange-Marie Hancock, Yale University, Julia Jordan-Zachery, Howard University, Renee White, & Walton Brown-Foster

Contact: Walton Brown Foster, 832-2961; BrownW@ccsu.edu

Thursday, February 3, 2005 3:3:0 p.m., Marcus White Living Room

Amistad Lecture Series
Attorney O. Llumoka,

"The Amistad and Human Rights"

Contact Professor Gloria Emeagwali, Department of History 832-2815

Thursday, February 10, 2005 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Marcus White Living Room

Dr. Stacey Close

Professor of History,

Director of African-American/ Third World Studies &

Director of Faculty Development

Eastern Connecticut State University

Topic: "Black Southern Migration and the Emergence of the Marcus Garvey Movement in Hartford Connecticut, 1915- 1928"

Thursday, February 17, 2005 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Founder's Hall

Dr. Clarence Taylor

Professor of History

Baruch College

Topic: "Black Religious Leaders in the Modern Civil Rights Movement"

February 22, 2005   11am-1:30p.m. (Founder'Hall)

"Implications of George Bush's Faith Based Initiatives and African-American Voting Behavior"

Moderator: Dr. Walton Brown-Foster, Professor of Political Science

Panelists: Dr. Felton O. Best, CSU Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Katherine Harris, Associate Professor of History

Dr. Benjamin Foster,  Coordinator, Trinity College Conference, "The Prophetic Voice:  The Contemporary Black Church"

Dr. Walton Brown Foster, Professor of Political Science

*Sponsored by African-American Studies, Peace Studies, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, and Department of Political Science. *For additional information contact Dr. Felton O. Best, Director AAS, (832-2190)

The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series 2004

February 5th.

Dr. Felton O. Best, Professor of Philosophy & Director, African-American Studies, "The Black Church and the Modern Civil Rights Movement in America: 1954-1965", Marcus White Living Room, 2nd Floor, Marcus White Living Room. (11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.),

February 12th

Attorney Shawn Council, Council & Associates, Hartford Connecticut, "African-American Juveniles and the American Criminal Justice System, Marcus White Living Room. (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

 February. 17th

Counts, Dukes, and Ladies: A Tribute to the African American Influences on Sinatra
— 8–10 a.m. — WFCS 107.7 FM — features the great African American musicians who influenced and collaborated with Frank Sinatra, including Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Sy Oliver, Duke Ellington, and Sammy Davis, Jr. — sponsored by “Frank, Gil, and Friends”; hosted by Gil Gigliotti, chair, Department of English

February 17th

Talk on African Feminism
by Ifiyenwa Iweriebor, co-founder of Women In Nigeria — 3:30 p.m. — Founders Hall, Davidson — sponsored by the African Studies Club and the Africana Center

February 19th

Dr. Katherine Harris, Adjunct Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, "African-Americans and U.S. Foreign Policy in the 20th Century" Marcus White Living Room, (11:00a.m.-12:00a.m.)

February 26th

 Dr. Stacey Close, Professor & Chair Department of History and Director, African-American/ third World Studies, Eastern Connecticut State University, "The Civil Rights Movement in Hartford, Connecticut" Marcus White Living Room, (11:00a.m.- 12:00 p.m.)

For more information contact Felton Best at 832-2190 or bestf@ccsu.edu

Past Events held during the 2003-2004 Academic Year

NOVEMBER 13, 2003   
Room 001 Diloreto Hall, Central Connecticut State University


NOVEMBER 14, 2003

DECEMBER  5, 2003



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