Upperman African American Cultural Center

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Fall 2022 Calendar

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Programmatic Areas
Africana Lecture and
Film Series
Get Lit Sankofa Programming
Collaborations Signature Programs Cross Cultural Center Conversations
Black Fridays: Cloud 9 Special Events
UPPgrades
Ratchet Intellectual Anti-Racsim Trainings Black Table Talk

August 2021

August 2021

15 | Keep Your Head UPP: Road to Sankofa
6:00pm., Madeline Suite

The Road to Sankofa program welcomes you and your family to the UNCW family. This program introduces you to the Upperman African American Cultural Center and the great legacy of the African American presence at UNCW. Join members of the UNCW faculty and administration, student leaders and other distinguished guests for this important UNCW tradition.  

24 | Black Table Talk: What Is Black Table Talk?
3 p.m.-4 p.m., Carolins Beach Room

This open forum serves a space for ALL students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. ALL are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.  

 

26 | Black Greek 101
6 p.m., Watson Education Building, Multipurpose Room 

Have you been thinking about becoming a member of the Divine Nine, the historically Black Greek Letter Organizations whose memberships include Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, John Lewis, Aretha Franklin, MC Lyte, Byron Cage and Sarah Vaughn?  If so, join the Unstoppable UNCW NPHC for an overview of, question & answers, and reception about what it takes to be an NPHC member at UNCW. Partnership with Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

 

29 | Pull-UPP: Hip-Hop Carnival
3 p.m., Randall Library Parking Lot & Kenan Auditorium

You finna Pull-Upp? Join Upperman for Pull-Upp: Hip-Hop Carnival!

Get ready for day of carnival fun including a DJ Battle, live concert from  a double screening of hip-hop fillmm classics! Free and open to the public.

 

31 | Black Table Talk: I'm The Only Black Student In Class
3 p.m-4 p.m., Carolina Beach Room

Being the only Black person in your class can come with some unique challenges. Imposter syndrome, racial battle fatigue, even tokenism and monolithism. Let’s discuss what those challenges are and how they might show up physically in the classroom and psychologically in the mind. We’ll work though how to overcome these challenges and succeed holistically as a student. We’ll see you soon.

September 2021

September 2021

1 |  UPPgrade: Let's Get In Formation:
12:00 p.m-1:30 p.m., tbd

Welcome Back! It is the first UPPgrade of the year, and it is time to get in Formation to have a successful school year! Are you stuck on how to manage your time with classes, club/org meetings, work, sports, etc.? Ready to overcome that procrastination habit? This workshop will present you with valuable strategies and tools to improve your skills in college and beyond. Additionally, you will learn how to build a self-care regimen that works best for you! Start the year off right with us!

7 | Black Table Talk: Open Forum
3 p.m-4 p.m., Carolina Beach Room

This open forum serves a space for Black students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything that adversely impacts one’s mental health and well-being. We’ll see you soon.

 

 

10 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater    

Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.
   

14 | Black Table Talk: #BlackMentalHealthMatters
3 p.m., Zoom

Hashtags are synonymous with social media. Social media has been known to impact our mental health. Black mental health is often an overlooked topic. Social media and black mental health have roots in colorism, body image, and relationships. Let’s discuss how social media impacts our mental health and overall well-being. We’ll see you soon. 

17 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater    

Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.

 

20 |The Black Farmers Index
6:30 p.m., Zoom    

Dr. Kaia Niambi Shivers, professor of Liberal Arts Studies at New York University, is back for a two month long residency at Upperman where she will give lectures, provide workshops for student groups, participate in the NC Black Film Festival and much more. Dr. Shivers’ research focuses on black representations in media and the African diaspora. Her first lecture is on her curation of the Black Farmers Index, Mapping out an “invisible” group and how that is important to food security, voting rights and environmental issues. This talks about using both analog and digital methods to locate and create community with Black farmers.

 

21 |  Black Table Talk: Open Forum
3 p.m-4 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for Black students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything that adversely impacts one’s mental health and well-being. We’ll see you soon.

24 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater    
Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.
27 | Moors to Mokarico: Blackness and the Black Presence In Italy
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Zoom    
    
Dr. Kaia Shivers is back for her second lecture, this timee using material culture to explore how Blackness is both praised and reviled in the complicated identity politics of Italy
28 | Black Table Talk: Black Mental Health and Spirituality
3 p.m-4 p.m., Zoom

Is there an intersection of therapy and prayer? Is one better than the other? Can you do both? Should you just pray about it? Let’s discuss the benefits of professional therapy and spirituality on our mental health and well-being. We’ll see you soon. 

 

30 | Cross-Cultural Conversation
12 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for ALL students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. ALL are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.    

October 2021

October 2021
1 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater
Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.
5 |  Black Table Talk: Open Forum
3 p.m-4 p.m., Zoom
This open forum serves a space for Black students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything that adversely impacts one’s mental health and well-being. We’ll see you soon.  

 

6 |  UPPgrade: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade
5:30 p.m., Instagram

Just like lemonade, life is not always sweet. And that is okay. Mindfulness is our ability to focus on our present thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and the environment with a gentle and open approach. Students will learn mindfulness techniques and explore ways to incorporate techniques into their daily routines.

 

8 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater

Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.

 

11 | Bounce Music: Cultural Retention & Cultural Trade Routes In Music.
6 p.m-7:30 p.m., Zoom

Dr. Kaia Shivers opens her October lecture series with a class on Bounce! From call-and-response to gold teeth and derriere gyrations, Louisiana music, and New Orleans specifically can link itself clearly back to African culture. At the same time, it also shows linkages in Trap music and House music, which is argued in this work that the influence happens when New Orleanians were displaced throughout the U.S.

 

12 | Black Table Talk: Overcoming Stress, Anxiety & Depression
3 p.m-4 p.m., Zoom
      

Believe it or not, stress is normal and being a college student can be stressful. There’s good stress, bad stress, too little stress, too much stress, and the amount of stress that is perfect for you. Let’s discuss one, how to recognize stress, anxiety, and depression, and two, healthy ways to balance and overcome them. We’ll see you soon. 

13 | The SymPOSEium: Queer Theology with Indhria Udofia and Jason Evans
6 p.m., Zoom

Upperman and the Mo' (Mohin-Schulz) are back with our legendary collaborative program on Black queer culture: The SymPOSEium. This year's lecture is own Queer theology and we've got scholars on deck for a insightful conversation.  Partnership with the Mohin-Schulz LGBTQIA Resource Office

 

 

15 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater

Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.

 

18 | Trap Music: My President’s Black, My Lambo’s Blue, My Red bottoms Are Some Bloody Shoes
6 p.m-7:30 p.m., Zoom

Dr. Kaia Shivers is back with her final open lecture that looks at the drug trade, strip clubs, and sex work to understand how subcultures reshaped pop-culture

 

19 | Black Table Talk: Open Forum
3 p.m-4 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.

 

 

22 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater

Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.

 

26 | Black Table Talk: I'm The Only Black Student In Class, pt 2.
3 p.m-4 p.m., Zoom

Missed part 1? No worries, part two provides a brief overview and takes a deeper dive into how being the only Black student in your class, impacts your mental health and well-being. Weather you recognize it or not, let’s discuss the implications of being the only Black student in your class, how to navigate this situation, and what resources there are to support you. We’ll see you soon. 

28 | Cross-Cultural Conversation
12 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for ALL students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. ALL are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.    

29 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater 
Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.
28-30 | The People Who Could Fly: Culture Centers 30th Annual ABCC Conference
All Day, UNCW 

It was so nice, we decided to do it twice! Upperman is honored to once again be the host for the 30th Annual Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) Conference! Stay tuned to Upperman's website for more info as we announce more.

November 2021

November 2021

1 | Ratchet Intellectual: All Soul's Day
6:30 p.m., 

Dr. Kaia Shivers takes us on a journey to explore the practices of All Soul's Day in the context of Black America, specifically in the New Orleans tradition.

 

2 | Black Table Talk: Open Forum
6:30 p.m., Zoom

This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.

 
3 | Forks Go To The Left, To The Left: Ettiquete Dinner UPPgrade
6:30 p.m., details forthcoming

Knowing basic dining etiquette can assist you in an interview or business meeting conducted over a meal. Join the Upperman Center for an interactive workshop and dinner while we provide you with the tools necessary for proper dining etiquette and give insights and practical tips about what networking is and how to tap into the power of networking.

5 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
12:00-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater

Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.

9 | Black Table Talk: Recognizing and Responding to Covert Racism
3 p.m., Zoom
This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.
11| Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
12:00-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater
Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.
16 | Black Table Talk: Open Forum
3 p.m., Zoom
This open forum serves a space for students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. All are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.
17 | Get Lit: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
6 p.m., Zoom
Get Lit is back in person: Upperman and the English Department's intiative to encourage students to read black authors. This year's book is The Secret Lives of Church Ladies written by Deeshaw Philyaw. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.
18 | Cross-Cultural Conversation
12 p.m., Zoom 

This open forum serves a space for ALL students to come and engage in various topics that they themselves may be experiencing, have questions about, or would like to educate others on. These topics can range from mental health specific to anything adversely that impacts one’s mental health. ALL are welcomed to come and encouraged to participate.    

19 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
12:00-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater
Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.

December 2021

December 2021
3 | Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series
12:00-1:30 p.m., Amphitheater
Join us for Black Friday: Cloud 9 Series: a program that seeks to showcase African-American musical traditions as well as create introductory social opportunities in the center that improve community engagement under the idea - Sip. Savor. Socialize.
7 | Pre-Kwanzaa & Senior Sankofa
Details Forthcoming, Virtual
In the spirit and history of African-Americans merging West African Traditions, we've got a Upperman merger! Join us for our 13th Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration and Fall Senior Sankofa ceremony! Come learn about the Ngozu Saba (7 Principles of Kwanzaa) support local student artists, paint your own adrinka symbol and celebrate our graduating African-American students!

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