Africana Studies 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.

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.

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.

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.