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Black Lives Matter expert Wesley Lowery to speak at USF
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author will discuss the stories he covers for The Washington Post and CNN. The event is free and open to the public.

Conference to focus on Black life in America
A national conference, “Race and Place: Cultural Landscapes of Black Life in America,” sponsored by the USF Institute on Black Life will be held at USF Tampa Feb. 19-21.

Ghanaian/British philosopher to discuss cosmopolitanism
Postmodern theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah, Ph.D. will deliver the next lecture in the Frontier Forum series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Patel Center (CGS) Auditorium.

History student works with librarian on special collection
Once meant to attract and amuse audiences, the images are disturbing -- ridiculously exaggerated eyes, lips, noses, faces and gestures. USF Tampa Library Special and Digital Collections Librarian Andy Huse and undergraduate history major Simone Sanders want people to see them.

Africana studies student awarded Boren Scholarship
Alecia Belnavis, a senior majoring in Africana Studies at the University of South Florida, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship for summer and fall semesters. She will be studying Swahili at the University of Florida this summer and at the State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania in the fall.

USF faculty, students react to national story
The killing of an unarmed teenage boy in Sanford, near Orlando, moved Crystal Wilson, a USF senior majoring in Africana Studies, to demonstrate her outrage.

USF professor to lead discussion about Black History Month
How does Black History Month make Blacks and Whites feel about themselves? Shukree Hassan Tilghman aimed to find out as he posed the question, “Should Black History Month be ended?” The results are in his documentary “More Than a Month” that will be shown at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Pinellas County African American History Museum and Resource Center. The museum is located at 1101 Marshall St. in Clearwater, Fla.

USF to hold memorial for Africana Studies instructor
The University of South Florida Department of Africana Studies has lost a gifted instructor, mentor and friend. Daphine Washington, an instructor in the department, passed away on Jan. 27, 2012. A memorial service for Washington will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in the Grace Allen Room on the fourth floor of the USF library.

Institute on Black Life announces spring lecture series
The University of South Florida Institute on Black Life has announced its spring colloquium series schedule. The speakers will address such topics as religion, immigration and gender issues.

Professor to serve on statewide Holocaust task force
There’s a danger in seeing the Holocaust as incomprehensible, unique, mysterious or even as an event, according to Edward Kissi, a professor in the Department of Africana Studies and an expert on the subject.

Alumni Spotlight: Braulio Colón
University of South Florida alumnus Braulio Colón has and continues to impact the field of public policy in Tampa, Fla. Using the experience he gained as a participant in Public Policy Internship Program, Colón maintains an active role in the field. Colón is the director of the Florida College Access Network, an institution that strives to promote underprivileged students, first generation college students and under-represented students with exposure, preparation and success for college.

Professor analyzes impact of former MLB player
When HBO showed “The Curious Case of Curt Flood” Wednesday night, one viewer who considers himself one of the foremost experts on the late baseball player was paying close attention with an especially critical eye.

IBL event honors founder, highlights research
A display of masks and sculptures from the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum’s collection and a pair of drums in the lobby of the Dr. Kiran B. Patel Center for Global Solutions hinted that the day’s events were focused on Africa.

USF class examines history of Haiti
Like the prizefighter who won his first championship battle only to be beaten down again and again and again, Haiti always struggles to stand up and fight once more.

Black History: More than just a month
Some comedians joke that February was chosen for Black History month because it was the shortest but the truth is, in coming up with the idea, Carter G. Woodson followed a tradition in African American communities of celebrating the births of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. What started out as a week in 1926 -- called Negro History week -- was expanded to a month 50 years later.

Juneteenth celebrates freedom
In stark contrast to the way news travels in an instant around the globe today, news of emancipation from slavery travelled to the enslaved only as fast as humans could carry it.