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Upperman Africana/Studies Lecture and Film Series

The Upperman African American Cultural Center and Africana Studies at UNCW have established a partnership to present a series of programs that actively explore Africana culture through lectures, research, performances, exhibits, symposia and other programs by UNCW faculty, staff and students, and by noted guests from the Wilmington community and institutions around the world.

Fall 2020

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Spring 2020

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Fall 2019

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Spring 2019

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Fall 2018

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Spring 2018

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Fall 2017

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Spring 2017

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Fall 2016

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Spring 2015

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Fall 2014

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Spring 2014

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Fall 2013

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Spring 2013

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classesAbout the Lecturer

Dr. Erika Edwards joined the UNC Charlotte History Department in August 2012. She received her PhD in Atlantic History with an emphasis in Latin America and Africa from Florida International University, where she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and Doctoral Evidence Acquisition Fellowship to support her research abroad and Ford Dissertation Fellowship and Doctoral Year Fellowship to write her dissertation.


Fall 2012 

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Anita McDanielAbout the Lecturer

Sue Richardson is a senior lecturer, academic coordinator and advisor in the UNCW Film Studies Department. She received her B.A. at the University of Akron, her M.A. at The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Richardson's teaching and research interests are literature and film, 18th and 19th century American literature, Vietnam literature, composition, classic rhetoric and popular culture.

 


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larry thomasAbout the Lecturer

Mark Anthony Neal is a professor of African-American studies at Duke University. He is engaged in interdisciplinary scholarly work in the fields of African-American, Cultural, and Gender Studies that draws upon modes of inquiry informed by the fields of literary theory, urban sociology, social history, postmodern philosophy, Queer theory and most notably popular culture. His broad project is to interrogate popular culture--music, television, film, and literature--produced within the context of Afro-diasporic expressive cultures.


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larry thomasAbout the Lecturer

Larry Reni Thomas is a veteran jazz writer/radio announcer, whose busy, colorful career has spanned close to three decades, and has included stints at seven, mostly non-commercial radio stations, including WHQR-FM, WNCU-FM and WCOM-FM, where he is presently host of Sunday Night Jazz. He has written for downbeat, Urban Journal and All ABout Jazz.com. Dubbed "Dr. Jazz," by musician Bro. Yusuf Salim, Thomas, who is the host and producer of The Carolina Jazz Connection, considers himself foremost "a gentleman and a scholar and a servant of the people."


Spring 201 Programs

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Anita McDanielAbout the Lecturer

Sue Richardson is a senior lecturer, academic coordinator and advisor in the UNCW Film Studies Department. She received her B.A. at the University of Akron, her M.A. at The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Richardson's teaching and research interests are literature and film, 18th and 19th century American literature, Vietnam literature, composition, classic rhetoric and popular culture.

 


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Lathardus GogginsAbout the Lecturer

Dr. Lathardus Goggins, II is an Assistant Professor with joint appointment in Educational Leadership and Social Work. His teaching areas include leadership, African-American male development, Diversity, and Education Policy. Dr. Goggins received his Ed.D. from The University of Akron. Prior to joining the faculty, he was an administrator in Higher Education for 15 years. Most recently serving as the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at Arcadia University. Dr. Goggins research interest focus on African-American manhood/male identity development, the role of socialization and self-efficacy in academic performance (specifically, African-centered rites of passage impact on the academic performance of African-American students), mix methodology approaches to research.


Feb 2

Anita McDanielAbout the Lecturer

Teresa Reed specializes in Music Theory and African-American Music. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, and has worked in both test development and assessment for the GRE in Music, the Major Field Test in Music, and the Advanced Placement Exam in Music Theory. She is currently Chief Reader for the AP Exam in Music Theory. Her research on African-American music appears in reviews, articles, and book chapters, and her book, The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music (2003) has received favorable reviews and citations in Publisher's Weekly, Choice, and Vibe Magazine. The Holy Profane was also a 2004 winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Excellence Award.

Fall 2011

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Anita McDanielAbout the Lecturer

Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents. She holds a Ph.D. in English and is a professor at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of and finalist for many awards. Her books include Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the 2008 Wole Soyinka Africa Prize for Literature), The Shadow Speaker (An NAACP Image Award Nominee) and Long Juju Man (winner of the Macmillan Prize for Africa). Nnedi's stories are inspired by her Nigerian heritage, and her many trips to Nigeria.

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Anita McDanielAbout the Lecturer

Sue Richardson is a senior lecturer, academic coordinator and advisor in the UNCW Film Studies Department. She received her B.A. at the University of Akron, her M.A. at The Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Richardson's teaching and research interests are literature and film, 18th and 19th century American literature, Vietnam literature, composition, classic rhetoric and popular culture.

 


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Anita McDanielAbout the Lecturer

Anita K. McDaniel received her B.A. in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, her M.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Houston, and her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. McDaniel specializes in the analysis of relationship myths. Her most recent publications in that area include "Young Women's Dating Behavior: Why/Why Not Date a Nice Guy?" in Sex Roles and "Looking at Email: A Method for Teaching Interpersonal Communication Theories and Principles to Undergraduate Students" in Electronic Journal of Communication.