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CHSS Celebrates Black History Month With Two Special Events


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) is hosting two special events celebrating Black History Month.

“In the College, Black history and culture is taught in several disciplines, but is not limited to, English, History, Drama, Communication Studies, and Psychology,” said Crystal Guillory, Assistant Dean of CHSS. “In fact, CHSS deems it important to also create spaces of co-curricular learning to further explore and celebrate Black experiences by continuing to host events during Black History Month. And, I would like to thank the W.I. Dykes Library staff that helped design the read-in event.”

CHSS is presenting two virtual events in recognition of Black History Month, including an “African American Read-In” and “The Future of Africana Studies.”

African American Read-In
Tuesday, Feb. 9
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Co-hosts Assistant Dean Crystal Guillory and the W.I. Dykes Library invites the UHD Community (student, faculty, staff) to read an excerpt from their favorite author of African descent.
Join Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 991 1095 6789
Passcode: 727977

The Future of Africana Studies: A Talk With Dr. Serie McDougal, III
Tuesday, Feb. 16
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hosted by Assistant Dean Crystal Guillory
The first Black Studies program started in 1968 during the Black Power Movement at San Francisco State University after students protested for a change in university curriculum that was more inclusive of Black people. More than 50 years later, there are undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. programs in Africana Studies all over the United States of America. Dr. Serie McDougal, III will present on what the future holds for Africana Studies.
Join Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 931 8472 1707
Passcode: 920682


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