Upperman African American Cultural Center

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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.


2018 Programs


2017 Programs


2016 Programs


2015 Programs



2014 Programs

Riley Snorton

Riley Snorton About the Lecturer

C. Riley Snorton is a doctoral candidate and Fontaine Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Women and Gender Studies from Columbia University in 2003. His academic and teaching interests include media anthropology, Africana studies, transgender and queer theory, cultural studies, performance studies, and popular culture.

Past 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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nanaAbout the Lecturer

Dr. Nana Akua Amponsah is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her area is African History with specializations in women, gender, and reproductive health and a sub-field in the Atlantic World.


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Dr. Antonio Tillis, Dartmouth College, Associate Professor and Chair, African and African American Studies is the preeminent living scholar of Afro-Latin American Literature. He is the author of numerous books and articles about American, Hispanic and Brazilian writers and culture. His books and forthcoming manuscript provide information about the black presence in Latin America, as well as highlights the contributions of selected black writers to the rich literary and cultural diversity of the societies they represent.