The Larry H. Mamiya Memorial Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Africana Studies at Vassar College November 1–3, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to a weekend of celebration! An array of scholars and creative intellectuals will be on campus to reflect on the political, philosophical, and creative interventions that sustain Africana Studies as a field and promise to move it forward.

  • The proceedings will address several aspects of black experience, among them music and performance, violence and resilience, gender and sexuality, and law and justice.
  • Opening address by MacArthur Genius Fellow Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University), keynote speaker Aminatta Forna (novelist), and panel presentations by scholars from Vassar and other esteemed institutions.
  • Among the special features of the conference will be a reading by actress Shona Tucker, Associate Professor and Chair of the Drama Department.
  • Alumnae/i mingle and lunch on Saturday afternoon.
  • Jazz brunch for all conference attendees on Sunday.
  • The conference is free and open to the public; please register by October 31st at

The full weekend schedule (PDF).

Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604