Skip to Content

College of Arts and Sciences

  • IAAR Sponsored Lecture

    Lunch and Learn Series 2020

    Qiana Whitted, Director of African American Studies and Professor of English

IAAR Activities

The institute hosts a variety of seminars, conferences and other special events that are chosen to highlight the mission.  

IAAR Spring Lecture with Dr. Lee D. Baker

"Du Bois, Boas, and the Real Race Problem"

Thursday, 2/25, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lee D. Baker is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University.

Virtual Symposium - Carolina-Barbados Connection

November 13-14, 2020

The fall of 2020  mark 350s years of the historical connection between the Carolinas and Barbados – representing migration from Barbados and the beginning of slavery in the Carolinas. This conference commemorates 350 of years of this connection and explores the historical and contemporary connections between Barbados and the Carolinas.

Symposium Program [PDF]

Symposium Flyer [PDF]

IAAR Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Noon

Please join us for a conversation about COVID-19 and the African American community with Dr. Ramon Jackson and Alada Shinault-Small as they discuss the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) and the Black Carolinians Speak:

Portraits of a Pandemic Project.

Click here to access the Lunch and Learn

“The goal of this initiative—Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic—is to gather first person testimonies, letters, music, images, art and other documents that capture the experiences of African Americans in South Carolina during the global pandemic of 2020.  Unlike earlier pandemics, such as the 1918 Spanish Flu, we have a unique opportunity to share and preserve stories documenting how African Americans in South Carolina lived, connected, loved, found hope, and survived a public health crisis.” – Project website

Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic Website

Event: Lecture, Art Presentation, and Discussion (via Zoom)

August 31, 2020

Hurricane Katrina 15 Years Later and the Artwork of JRenee: Race, Injustice, and Memories of Home (part of the CAS Justice Theme Semester)

On August 29, 2005, the levees broke in New Orleans, LA following Hurricane Katrina, and flooded much of the city. What unfolded over the next few days was a national catastrophe involving destruction and displacement. Jennifer “JRenee” Johnson is an internationally renowned reverse glass artist from New Orleans. She left New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina and eventually settled in the Columbia, SC area. Some of her artwork reflects life in New Orleans, history and culture, and the impact the hurricane had on people as they were displaced. She will discuss memories of home, the significance of Hurricane Katrina, and how she keeps New Orleans culture and traditions alive in her work. 

Lunch and Learn Series (Spring 2020)

January 29, 2020  
“Civil Rights Comics: From Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story to the March Trilogy”
Qiana Whitted, Director of African American Studies and Professor of English

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.