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Diverse Dialogues Series presents Pero Dagbovie

Representations of African American history in U.S. politics and popular culture will the the focus of this round of Diverse Dialogues with Pero G. Dagbovie, on Thursday, JAN 18 from 7-8:30 PM in our Auditorium.

Dagbovie is professor of African American history and Associate Dean in The Graduate School at Michigan State University.

His research and teaching interests comprise a range time periods, themes, and topical specialties, including black intellectual history, the history of the black historical enterprise, black women’s history, black life during “the Nadir,” the civil rights-Black Power movement, African American Studies, hip hop culture, and contemporary black history.

Diverse Dialogues is an ongoing series offered in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center.

Diverse Dialogues Presents: Class, Race, and Marxism

On MondayOCT 30 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium, join KU American Studies professors David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch, and Tony Bolden (KU African and African-American Studies professor) for a discussion around Roediger’s latest book, Class, Race, and Marxism.

Roediger’s influential work on working people who have come to identify as white has so illuminated questions of identity that its grounding in Marxism has sometimes been missed. This new volume implicitly and explicitly reminds us that his ideas, and the best studies of whiteness generally come from within the Marxist tradition.

In his historical studies of the intersections of race, settler colonialism, and slavery, in his major chapter (with Elizabeth Esch) on race and the management of labor, in his detailing of the origins of critical studies of whiteness within Marxism, and in his reflections on the history of solidarity, Roediger argues that racial divisions not only tell us about the history of capitalism but also shed light on the logic of capital (from

This event is in partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Lawrence Public Library and the Department of African and African-American Studies.

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Diverse Dialogues: I Am Not Your Negro

Join us in the Auditorium on Wednesday, August 2 from 6–8:30PM for this special screening in celebration of James Baldwin’s 93rd birthday.

Following the screening, we will talk about how relevant his work remains with Kevin Willmott, film director, writer, and professor of film and media studies at KU, and Darren Canady, writer and associate professor of English at KU.

This event is free and open to the public. In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center at KU.

Diverse Dialogues on Race & Culture: Stamped from the Beginning

Author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be here Thursday, Nov 3 from 7-8:30 PM in the Auditorium to discuss his new book.

Longlisted for the National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America explores the history of racist ideas, how deeply they continue to permeate our society.

Kendi continues the discussion Coates put forth in Between the World and Me by exploring the foundation of racial violence and oppression in the United States.

The Raven Book Store will be selling books for Dr. Kendi to sign.

In partnership with The Langston Hughes Center.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | Ibram [EEE-brum] Xolani [ZO-LAA-NEE] Kendi [KEN-DEE] is currently an assistant professor of African American History at the University of Florida. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was recently released by Nation Books.

Kendi is a hardcore humanist and softcore vegan who enjoys joking it up with friends and family, partaking in African American culture, weight lifting, reading provocative non-fiction books, discussing the issues of the day with open-minded people, and hoping and pressing for the day the New York Knicks will win an NBA championship and for the day this nation and world will be ruled by the best of humanity.

​Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Journalism and African American Studies in 2004. After working for a time as a journalist, Kendi purused his graduate studies. He earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010. The year before, Kendi began his career as an assistant professor of African American history at SUNY College at Oneonta before moving onto University at Albany, SUNY, and now UF.

Kendi has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. Kendi is the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. It was published in March 2012 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Contemporary Black History Series.

He has been visiting professor at Brown University, a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. He has also resided at The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress as the American Historical Association’s 2010-2011 J. Franklin Jameson Fellow in American History. In the summer of 2011, he lived in Chicago as a short-term fellow in African American Studies through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. He has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of other universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, University of Chicago, Wayne State University, Emory University, Duke University, Princeton University, UCLA, Washington University, Wake Forest University, and the historical societies of Kentucky and Southern California.

A frequent speaker and contributor of op-eds, Kendi has written for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Root, Salon, Signature, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Blog. He is the associate editor for the AAIHS Blog.

Kendi is currently finishing Black Apple: A Narrative History of Malcolm X and Black Power in New York, 1954-1974, a book under contract with NYU Press. He is also working on an anthology on Malcolm X and another history of racism–the sequel to Stamped from the Beginning.

Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture: Islamophobia

Monday evening, April 25 from 7-8:30 in the Library Auditorium, leading scholars from the University of Kansas will talk about what drives, and what can conquer, the growing trend of hate speech directed toward Muslims.

In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the Kansas African Studies Center, and the KU Department of African and African American Studies.

Diverse Dialogues On Race & Culture: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

THU | Mar 10 | 7 PM | Auditorium

“Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar.

His innovative style of combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion created a new musical form.”

Join us for a look into Hendrix’s short, yet influential career. Offered in partnership with KU’s Langston Hughes Center.