Africana Studies Program News

UT to Host Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Oct. 4

Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, as part of the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Cole’s lecture, “The Case for Diversity and Inclusion,” will take place in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom.

KNS Features Inwood, Alderman Op-ed on Diversity

UT’s Joshua Inwood and Derek Alderman wrote an opinion editorial for the Knoxville News Sentinel about the importance of diverse programs to the success of students beyond their college careers.

International, Local Outlets Feature Alderman and Inwood in Rosa Parks Anniversary Story

December 1 marked the sixtieth anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger—a move that launched a citywide boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, and other desegregation efforts. Six decades later, Parks’ act and subsequent civil rights endeavors provide an opportunity to teach black resistance differently, according to UT’s Derek Alderman and Joshua Inwood.

Professor Recalls Chance Meeting with Mandela

Catherine Higgs

The recent passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela caused one UT professor to recall her chance meeting with him. Catherine Higgs, professor of history and vice chair of Africana studies, met Mandela in the Johannesburg airport in February 1991, a year after he was released after serving twenty-seven years in jail for protesting against the apartheid state.

Human Rights Week to Feature Talk by Kofele-Kale

The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.

Speaker to Discuss “New Jim Crow Laws”

Bestselling author, civil rights advocate, and associate professor of law at Ohio State University, Michelle Alexander, will speak at UT on January 22. Alexander’s talk focuses on the topics addressed in her influential book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Free and open to the public, her talk will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.