Colloquia and Guest Speakers

We offer regular colloquia in which a panel of our faculty members discusses issues relevant to current events and to their own research and then facilitates a community discussion of the topic. We also regularly hosts guest speakers who talk on a variety of topics.  All our events are free and open to the public.

Howell event poster

To Die for the Fatherland!

Daniel Howell

Howell talked about the Luis Victoriano Betancourt poem “To Die for the Fatherland!”, 19th-century Cuban nationalism, and Havana's multiracial working class.

Howell video
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Ghosts of the Atlantic poster

Ghosts of the Atlantic: Decoding America's Slave Trading Past

Sowande' Mustakeem

October 17 at 5:00 p.m. in the Union Ballroom:
Dr. Sowande' Mustakeem will deliver the talk “Ghosts of the Atlantic: Decoding America’s Slave Trading Past” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of African enslavement in North America. She is the author of the award-winning book, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage.

This is a unique event since Dr. Mustakeem's band, Amalghemy, will also be playing.

Krugler event poster

The Seventh City

David Krugler

Krugler commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Will Brown lynching in Omaha, which took place on September 28, 1919.

Krugler video
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Mukoma lecture

Blackness, Africans and African Americans

Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Ngugi explored how historical forces including slavery, colonialism, pan-Africanism and globalization have colored how Africans and African Americans see each other politically and culturally.

Mukoma lecture
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Spring Celebration

Each spring, we celebrated another year of success and service with our Spring Celebration, which brings nationally recognized speakers to campus for lectures and receptions with students, staff, faculty, and the public.