Department of Pan-African Studies

(Dis)Mantle by Amber N. Ford “A mantle is designed to cover, enfold, or envelop. Stereotypes, caricatures, and misinformation are mantles that have historically obscured and dehumanized the Black body. Through expanded photography Amber N. Ford deconstructs these binds by reassessing definitions of Black as a color, a construct, and a lived reality.” The Uumbaji Art...

Department of Pan-African Studies

A Conversation with Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez, a recipient of the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship, is a poet, playwright, activist, and educator. Ms. Sanchez will be discussing and offering her reflections on how poetry student activism, peace, and civil rights brings change with an emphasis on the legacy of May 4. All these themes are as central and relevant today as they were 50...

Mwatabu S. Okantah Note: The following essay was crafted by Mwatabu S. Okantah, associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies. The Department of Pan-African Studies focuses on the study of communities of people of African descent both on the continent of Africa and in various countries throughout the world.   ------------- ...

A Conversation with Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez’s visit to Kent State University’s campus on Wednesday, September 18, touched many members of the community, both students and visitors alike.    Sanchez's visit is part of the year long 50th Commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State.  Sanchez discussed how poetry, civil rights, student activism, and peace can...

Poet Sonia Sanchez Sonia Sanchez, a recipient of the 2019 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, will speak at Kent State University on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the KIVA auditorium on the Kent campus.    Sanchez’s visit is part of the year long 50th Commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970 at Kent State. Sanchez will discuss...

Poet Sonia Sanchez Dr. Amoaba Gooden, chairperson of the Department of Pan-African Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, will speak at the Black Leadership, Partisan Politics & Social Activism Symposium being held at York University in Toronto, Canada on February 8 and 9, 2019. The symposium will bring together community leaders,...

Kent State President Beverly J. Warren and Vice President Alfreda Brown give the Diversity Trailblazer Award to Dean Tondiglia, director of public safety and Kent State police chief. Kent State University’s Director of Public Safety and Police Chief Dean Tondiglia was honored with the university’s 2019 Diversity Trailblazer Award for his years of promoting inclusion and diversity within public safety. Chief Tondiglia was nominated for the award by Mark Polatajko, senior vice president for finance and administration, who...

Kent State President Beverly J. Warren and Vice President Alfreda Brown give the Diversity Trailblazer Award to Dean Tondiglia, director of public safety and Kent State police chief. Kent State University’s African Community Theatre in the Department of Pan-African Studies has announced plans for a production of “Venus” by Suzan-Lori Parks to be directed by D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies, and performed by the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble. Opening night of...

Venus photo credit "A Pair of Broad Bottoms" KENT STATE’S AFRICAN COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS SPRING PRODUCTION OF “VENUS,” MARCH 16-19 The African Community Theatre (ACT) in the Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) announces the spring 2017 production of  Venus by Suzan Lori-Parks directed by D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pan-African Studies, performed...

Department of Pan-African Studies

Retold Poster Kent State University, Ohio-The Uumbaji Gallery located in Kent State University’s Oscar Ritchie Hall is pleased to present Retold: African Culture and fables reinterpreted into fashion, an exhibition of African-inspired fashion by award-winning designer, Tameka N. Ellington, Ph.D.  An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 15,...