February 24, 2017
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Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) Celebrate the Official Launch of the One Million Abolitionists Project

Please join  Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI)  to celebrate the official launch of the One Million Abolitionists project 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 
12:00 - 1:30 PM 

Library of Congress 
James Madison Memorial Building, Mumford Room 
101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 20540 

Featuring remarks from 
Douglass descendants Nettie Washington Douglass and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. and FDFI Co-Founder Robert Benz 
with U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA)(invited). 

Special guests: Students from the Washington, D.C. Latin Public Charter School

Please feel free to share this invitation with your Washington DC metro area contacts. We look forward to seeing you on February 28th!

In freedom,

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Call for Papers
Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
Sixth biennial network conference, University of Tampere, Finland, 6 - 8 July 2017


The scientific committee of the 6th Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe network conference has now accepted over 30 sessions that explore the multidisciplinary nature of the scholarship and create dialogue between academics, activists and artists from around the world. Titles and descriptions of the accepted sessions and instructions for  paper proposals can be found on the conference website http://www.uta.fi/yky/en/6thafroeuropeans/callforpapers.html. Proposals that do not directly deal with the topics of the accepted sessions can be submitted under the category "Other" on the electronic form.

African European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterized by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas, and Europe. The sixth biennial network conference, organized by the University of Tampere and the international Afroeuropeans - Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its several disciplinary locations. The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. The confirmed keynote speakers are:
  • Professor Paul Gilroy, American and English Literature, King's College London
  • Professor Elisa Joy White, African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis and Vice President, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
  • Dr. Henry Mainsah, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • LL.M Domenica Ghidei Biidu, Member of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • Jani Toivola, Member of the Finnish Parliament
For more information on the conference programme and the cultural programme organized together with our collaborators, please visit the  conference website  https://www.uta.fi/yky/en/6thafroeuropeans/index_en.html.

For inquiries please contact: afroeuropeans2017@uta.fi 

On behalf of the local organizing committee and the international Afroeuropeans - Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network,
Anna Rastas
Dr. Soc.Sc., Docent of Social Anthropology, Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Chair of the local organizing committee, University of Tampere

Recruitment at UC Santa Barbara: Director, Center for Black Studies Research
UC Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a recruitment for the Director of our Center for Black Studies Research (CBSR) - a tenured ladder faculty position.

Link to the full job description:
Initial Review Date: March 1, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 30, 2017
 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The director will have a permanently tenured faculty position (Associate or Full Professor) in an appropriate academic department at UCSB. Applicants should have a distinguished record of scholarship in Black Studies. In particular we seek applications from scholars whose work shows engagement across disciplines, community engaged scholarship, strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate student mentoring, and experience with extramurally funded research. The director is expected to hold the directorship for at least 3 years, with opportunities for renewal.

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