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University of Maryland, College Park
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Join the first national conference of the African American Digital Humanities Initiative at UMD.

The David C. Driskell Center, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Join African American history and culture scholars in dialogue with emerging leaders in black digital studies.

0301 Hornbake Library
Thursday, March 08, 2018 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join the Fembot Collective for a lecture on W.E.B. Du Bois and the politics of literary recovery.

McKeldin Library, Rooms 6103 and 6107
Friday, March 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Join the Fembot Collective and our partners for the 2018 Fembot Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon!

2/2/18

By Jillian Atelsek | The Diamondback

"As he arrived at the podium to deafening applause and a standing ovation, Bobby Seale raised his hands, stepped back and chuckled.

"'Reminds me of the '60s,' he said.

"Seale, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, a political activist and a cultural icon, spoke at the University of Maryland on Thursday night about organized resistance and strength in the face of discrimination and oppression.

"'I don't believe in riots,' he said. 'I believe in organizing. I believe in putting my machine together.'"

Read the complete article in The Diamondback.

Photo: Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale addressed University of Maryland students and faculty on Thursday, Feb. 1. (Richard Moglen/The Diamondback)

Description: The second lecture in the “2017-18 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias” features Bobby Seale, the founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party. Seale will present “Resistance: From the Sixties to Trump,” which will be followed by a book signing and reception. This event is co-sponsored by the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the Department of African American Studies, in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Who: Bobby Seale is the founding co-chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary civil and human rights organization active in the United States from 1966-1982. Seale is the author of several books, including “Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton” and “A Lonely Rage: The Autobiography of Bobby Seale.” His most recent book is “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers”

What: The famed civil and human rights activist Bobby Seale discusses the history of civil rights resistance from the 1960s to our present moment. A book signing of his most recent book, “Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers,” will follow the lecture.

When: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:30 PM

Where: Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. 7801 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Why: This event is the second lecture in the “2017-18 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: Courageous Conversations, ARHU Resists Hate And Bias.” The first lecture featured poet and social justice activist Theo Wilson, and the third lecture will feature Mara Liasson, NPR political correspondent. This year’s speakers consider what it means to engage in courageous conversations that speak to the difficult issues of hate and bias across personal, political and historical frames. Each lecture is an opportunity for the campus and the UMD community to join together for provocative conversations about resisting these issues.

How: The event is free but an RSVP is recommended. Members of the press should contact K. Lorraine Graham, Communications Manager, to RSVP.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

The Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the college faculty, students and staff to join together with colleagues across campus for stimulating conversation about issues that cross our disciplines. Lectures and performances may address either enduring or emerging questions central to the arts and humanities, or questions arising from other disciplines to which the arts and humanities might speak. In addition to presenting a major public event, each lecturer interacts in smaller settings with faculty, graduate students and/or undergraduates.

Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Join ARHU for the second courageous conversation focused on 'the historical' with Bobby Seale.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Over 150 people filled the Gildenhorn Recital Hall at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night to hear award-winning slam poet and social justice advocate Theo Wilson, who appeared as part of the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series.

Wilson skyrocketed to social media fame after posting beliefs about hate and bias. During his lecture, he discussed his experiences as a black man in an increasingly digital and racially charged world.

Wilson went undercover in white supremacist online communities to “get a gist of the gathering storm” because “nothing is more dangerous for black people than white supremacy.”

While undercover, he learned how social media creates digital echo chambers that steer users toward content that affirms their ideological beliefs. He also learned about the dangers of groupthink, a psychological phenomenon in which a group of people make irrational decisions based on the desire for harmony. Noticing how alt-right online communities gained momentum through these realities propelled his career as an activist.

Throughout the lecture, he detailed events that changed the way he thought about his own race. From the racially motivated bombings at Florida A&M University, a historically black college, in 1999, to the election of George W. Bush in 2001, Wilson described how race permeated his everyday life.

Wilson began his public speaking career in the NAACP at the age of 15, and has always had a passion for social justice. He helped found the Denver Slam Nuba team, which won the National Poetry Slam in 2011. Wilson also performed at this year’s TEDxMileHigh event.

He concluded his lecture by reciting a slam poem called “Impossible,” which expressed the possibility of the impossible and the barriers African Americans have overcome. The poem captivated the audience as Wilson proclaimed “My breath is like humanity/ Limitless/ Unbounded/ And impossibly free.”

During a question and answer session moderated by Linda Aldoory, associate dean for research and programming, Wilson responded to questions about slam poetry, his personal utopia and a world without racism.

Wilson ended his performance by reminding the audience that “there’s this new generation that has this attitude that’s unbreakable,” and encouraged the continuation of self-expression.

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