Black Futures: Black Studies, Black Ecologies and African Diaspora Spring 2022

The Black Studies Colloquium is pleased to announce a special public-facing research and pedagogy series Spring 2022, Black Futures: Black Studies Black Ecologies and African Diaspora. With the generous support of the Baruch Provost Faculty Innovativation Seed Grant, the Black studies colloquium will host a series of research and creative inquiry-based events focusing on conversations in Black ecologies and African Diaspora. Black Life Futures considers a series of questions including the following: In what ways do studies in Black Ecologies in the United States and across the African Diaspora unfold and communicate with one another? What are the connections between ecological forms of oppression and socio-political legacies of colonialism within the Black Diaspora? What kind of Black futures might we imagine through cultivating conversation and producing scholarship across sites of Black studies in North American, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa? Black Life Futures takes an interdisciplinary and creative approach, incorporating the research of faculty, activist scholars, and students in order to create public-facing content to advance collective knowledge and to develop intellectual, creative, and activist strategies and theories that will help us contend with challenges of the past and present while bringing about a range of futures informed by Black ecologies and Black studies.  We invite faculty and classes across the Baruch to participate in our upcoming events listed below and described in detail on our blog site Black Life Futures.  


Schedule (please click link above to go to full Black Life Futures site)

Spring 2022 Schedule

Screening and Discussion of Quilomobo (1984): Racial Capitalism, Radical Black Feminism, and Imagining the Archive

March 1, 2022, 6:00pm (on Zoom and in-person Room TBA) 

Screening Quilombo (1984) followed by a discussion with Professor Tshombe Miles (Black and Latino Studies), Professor Rojo Robles (Black and Latino Studies), and Professor Erica Richardson (English). This open discussion and reflection on the film will focus on racial capitalism, radical Black feminism, and “telling impossible stories” from archives of slavery as explored in Saidiya Hartman’s essay “Venus in Two Acts (2008). Please use this link to register.


Conversation with Pedro LeBrón Ortiz March 16, 2022, 6:00 pm (on Zoom)

Presentation and discussion with activist, scholar, and writer, Pedro Lebron Ortiz moderated by Professor Rojo Robles.  Please use this link to register. 



Black Futures in the Classroom Part I: Faculty and Student Teach-in March 22, 2022 12:30-2:30pm (on Zoom)

We believe that teaching is reciprocal: namely, that students and faculty share in the production of knowledge.  The diversity among our student populations also offers a kind of local and global perspective that has been underutilized.  

In this flipped panel discussion or an un-conference, scholars, and students will address the significance of Black Studies and African Studies. Following this intellectual and practical exchange, Baruch’s Black Studies Colloquium faculty will develop public knowledge projects with their students. Following this intellectual and practical exchange, Baruch’s Black Studies Colloquium faculty will develop public knowledge projects with their students following the open education innovations of #Schomburg Syllabus and #PRSyllabus

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Conversation with Alexis Pauline Gumbs Author of UNDROWNED:  Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals April 14

Join us for a “Conversation about Climate Justice” with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals. The conversation with Dr. Gumbs will be led by students from the Black and Latino Studies capstone course “Climate Justice is Racial Justice.” This event is presented by the Department of Black and Latino Studies, the Department of English via Globus Lectures, and the Dean’s Office at Baruch.

“Such is Aunt Nancy:” Gender, Scavenging, and Racial Capitalism on the Harlem Renaissance Stage” A Works in Progress by Erica Richardson April 28, 2022

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