50 Years of Black Studies Forward

March 6, 2018
Dr. Flannery Mbongi flyer
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When: March 6th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Library Rm 121

Description: Black (Africana) Studies has entered its 50th year anniversary (est. 1968-69) since being established in the academy. In homage to the Discipline, its practitioners, and supporters, this lecture is designed to reinforce the founding pillars of the Discipline, its mission, and history.  The major contributors, schools of thought, and lasting developments will be discussed.  Additionally, the significance of the institutionalization of Black Studies in higher education will be discussed in the context of this intentional effort of its first students and faculty. The aim of this lecture is to detail the intellectual tradition of Black Studies to ensure students, practitioners, and supporters have a clear grounding and visionary path for the next 50 years of the Discipline.

Guest Biography: Dr. Ifetayo M. Flannery is an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. She is an active member in Africana (Black) Studies professional organizations including the National Council for Black Studies, Association of Black Psychologists, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, and the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement. Dr. Flannery also serves as a co-advisor to the Black Vanguard student organization on campus. Her past publications can be found in the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy and in the 2016 disciplinary text, Qualitative Methods in Africana Studies. Her most recent publication can be found in an upcoming 2018 anthology dedicated to 50 years of Black Studies entitled, Inheriting Black Studies. Dr. Flannery is proud to have graduated from the first Ph.D. program in Africana Studies at Temple University and to be able to serve at the first undergraduate Africana Studies program in the country here at SFSU.