Pan-African Studies

BUS at 50 admin takeover The Department of Pan-African Studies will host an open house and reception for the project, Advocacy, Resilience, & Black Liberation at Kent State: An Oral History. The Department will conduct interviews with Black Alumni. If interested in being interviewed please contact Dr. Amoaba Gooden at 330 672-0142 or agooden@kent.edu. The interviews...

Department of Pan-African Studies

DPAS 47th Annual New Student Reception and Cookout The 47th Annual New Student Reception and Cookout will be held, Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 5 pm - 8 pm, on the green behind Oscar Ritchie Hall.  There will be plenty of food, dancing, and music (featuring D. J. LoKey).  Designed with new students in mind, there are opportunities for guests to meet and greet Department of Pan-African Studies...

A student walkout in 1968 contributed to the launch of Black United Students (BUS), which is commemorating 50 years at Kent State. (Photo from the collection of E. Timothy Moore) Set against the backdrop of five decades of dynamic social change, the powerful “BUS at 50 Reloaded” photography exhibit in Ritchie Hall’s Uumbaji Gallery highlights the impact and influence of the Black United Students (BUS) organization at Kent State University since its founding in 1968. The show runs through Nov. 14.  Curated by...

Honoring the Life of Kent State International Music Legend Halim El-Dabh He was a music pioneer, a world-famous composer, and a beloved member of the Kent State University community for more than four decades. On Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, Halim El-Dabh passed away at the age of 96. El-Dabh’s interest in music started at the age of 11 when he experimented with the sound of wind and scrap metal to scare the beetles away...

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...

Venus photo credit "A Pair of Broad Bottoms" As part of a campus wide commemoration of veterans, the Kent State University Uumbaji Art Gallery is requesting artwork submissions of any subject matter and various mediums.  The work will be displayed at the gallery in honor of veteran artists. Entry forms must be submitted by Sept. 3, 2016. You can downloaded them at www.kent.edu/pas/uumbaji. ...

Venus photo credit "A Pair of Broad Bottoms" Kent, OH – Milk Like Sugar will receive its regional premiere at the African Community Theatre in Oscar Ritchie Hall performance dates are February 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28.  Showtimes are 7:00pm Wednesday-Saturday, Sunday matinees at 2:00pm, 2016, 7:00 p.m.  This play explores wise choices: someone must care about others enough to...

Kent, OH – Dr. Kariamu Welsh, noted African dance choreographer and scholar, will visit Kent State University on Sept. 26 through a partnership between the School of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Pan-African Studies.  Dr. Welsh will present a lecture entitled “African Dance in America: Protest Identity and Continuity” from 12 p.m....

Kent State University’s African Community Theatre will host a production of Or Does It Explode?, an original piece written by former Kent State University student John Dayo-Alyia along with John Smith. Directed by Dayo-Alyia, Or Does it Explode? opens October 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the African Community Theatre, Room 230, Ritchie Hall, located at...

The Department Of Pan-African Studies Presents: Institute for African American Affairs (IAAA) Lunch & Learn Series All Lunch & Learn events are on Wednesdays from 12pm-1pm in Ritchie Hall Conference Room 127 October 22, 2014 "Introducing Pacific Islanders" presented by Rick Feinberg, Ph.D. October 29th "The Bravery of Brilliance: Women...