What is critical race theory (CRT)? Why is antiracist education under attack across the United States? And what can we do about it? Join us for a dynamic two-day event on Critical Race Studies at Stony Brook featuring leading scholars and a round table discussions addressing scholarship and local activism.
Sponsored by the Departments of Africana Studies, Asian & Asian American Studies, History and Sociology, The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, the Center for Changing Systems of Power, and the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund.
Wednesday, April 20 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Keynote: Mari J. Matsuda, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Limited to SBU students, faculty and staff. You must use your SBU email address to register.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, a winner of the 2002 Caine Prize and fellow at the Iowa International Writer’s, the Stelenbosch Institute for Advance Studies in South Africa and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, will be speaking to us, as a part of the Black Pulsations Series, on Wednesday, April 20, 4:30pm. She will present her novel The Dragonfly Sea (Random House, 2019) and talk about ‘Africa and the Indian Ocean: Kenya, Turkey and China Connections’.
Mark Milton Chambers, Rivers of Gray Gold: Lead Mining and Its Impact on the Natural and Cultural Environment, 1700-1840.
Rivers of Gray Gold: Lead Mining and Its Impact in the Natural and Cultural Environment, 1720-1840 offers a fresh perspective on early Native American, French, African American, and American settler contact. Illuminated through the cultural lens of lead mining in the region that became the state of Missouri, Rivers of Gray Gold argues that the convergence of Indian mining and smelting practices with French, African, and American settler mining knowledge and technology that together impacted the socio-cultural transformation of the region. To unearth the story of collaboration between various peoples and their technological acumen in this emerging environment, my work digs into archaeological and ethnographic sources, shipping manifests, early scientific literature, and other primary documents. My research integrates the hinterland into the larger story of empire and nation. To complicate the historical depiction of Colonial America as a fur trapping or farming frontier, my narrative begins with pre-contact Indian mining practices, then looks at lead mining in the French, Spanish, and Anglo- American contact periods, and concludes in the mid-nineteenth century. Rivers of Gray Gold makes important contributions to Native American industry and metalworking, and the precontact development of lead technologies and the coordination with French, African, and American metallurgists has not been addressed.
Rivers of Gray Gold covers a number of under-studied themes in Native American and American pre- industry including early Native American metal working, French colonial industry, French colonial social-cultural interaction with Native and African groups, early lead mining and smelting, and technological evolutions in early lead manufacture. While slavery in early American industry has been touched on in scholarship on iron manufacturing and coal mining, this monograph adds to that work and provide additional details and context especially as the debate on slavery was beginning in the United States.
Rivers of Gray Gold discusses the development of Native American lead production and the use of African American slaves to overcome labor shortages and to perform the most dangerous tasks in lead production. I also examine linkages between mining and smelting technology and the growing demand for lead and lead products and environmental and health concerns. The expansion in lead production resulted in increased furnace vapors that impregnated drinking water and coated vegetation. This form of pollution primarily affected free and enslaved African-American metallurgists and the animals in the region, an ecological impact downplayed by speculators in the mining district.
Long before early technological exchanges extended across the Atlantic to what would eventually become the United States, indigenous peoples and new comers engaged in lengthy and complicated interactions to create an amalgamated process of extracting, producing, and trading lead ore. For over one hundred years, miners engaged in a cross-cultural dialogue that created hybrid-mining techniques. These techniques had social and cultural repercussions in the Early American Republic. Combined American Indian and European technologies influenced American settler perceptions about Native American practices as they established early mining communities to increase the flow of galena to manufacturers in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York and the flow of African American slave scientific knowledge and skills to these early mining communities.
Along with the increase flow of lead to eastern shores cites in the United States cities and the increase in the number of African American miners in the early nineteenth-century, deadly examples of the
growing unhealthiness of the mining district also became apparent as lead particles and vapors hoovered over the mining district. In 1843, the first published account of lead poisoning appeared in the St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal regarding a case in 1816, involving a thirty-year-old African American miner who presented the usual symptoms of colica pictonum – lead poisoning. Following the man’s death and post-mortem examination, it was reported that the man’s mucous membrane in the alimentary canal was found to be in a highly inflamed condition. This case clearly established the fact the presence of lead poisoning a direct result of how the scale of lead production and the application of new methods affected African American human health.
Rivers of Gray Gold traces the broad development of lead manufacture from Native American controlled mines to colonial frontier Missouri territory to American occupation in a region that would produce lead for the next two centuries. Under this broad theme, my research explores how French metallurgists collaborated with Native American metalworkers and African slaves to develop a hybrid system that was relatively simple and inefficient with low production volumes in comparison to contemporary European practices, which preceded the implementation of European techniques in the district and the increase of African American slave miners and metallurgists who helped to develop a well-marketed growing industry at the expense of an increase number of slaves becoming exposed to lead poisoning.
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The Department of Africana Studies @sbuafricana Proudly Presents: Black food: four centuries of African contribution to American cuisine Photographs in Black Pulsations series by O Koren on exhibit in SBS S224 starting Feb 22
Black food: four centuries of African contribution to American cuisine Photographs in Black Pulsations series by O Koren on exhibit in Social and Behavioral Sciences Hall, The Richard B. Moore Library, SBS S224 beginning February 22nd, 2022…
Thursday, February 24th 4PM we have a zoom presentation.
O Koren (2nd from left) is an LA based editorial Photographer and writer whose work is anchored in food, culture and travel. Clients include The New York Times, Lucky Peach and The California Sunday Magazine. Photo courtesy of the New York Times
The Institute for Globalization Studies presents Climate Change and Global Migration Patterns featuring our very own Dr. Mark Chambers, Dept. of Africana Studies, also a lecturer in the History Department, and author of a new book.
Co-organized and moderated by Nancy Hiemstra, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Jeffrey Santa Ana, Department of English. Featuring our very own Mark Chambers. Part of the Institute’s Climate Change and Human Migration: Research and Perspectives at Stony Brook Spring ’22 Panel Series. See you there!
J.T. Roane is assistant professor of African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He currently serves as co-senior editor of Black Perspectives, the digital platform of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). Roane’s scholarly essays have appeared in Souls Journal, The Review of Black Political Economy, and Current Research in Digital History. Roane is a 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities/Mellon Foundation Research Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. This talk will be followed by a conversation with Professor George Aumoithe (Africana Studies). Organized in conjunction with Africana Studies.
Join us for: “Spitting Back at Law and Order: Donnetta Hill’s Rage in an Era of Vengeance” Apr 27, 2021 04:30 PM EST
Dr. SA Smythe will speak virtually at the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook on Feb 11th at 4:00 pm EST on “Abolition & the Ivory Tower: Campus Police & Some Lessons from Black Study.” The California Cops Off Campus movement coalesced in the wake of global pro-Black uprisings in summer 2020, the latest in a decades-long genealogy demanding an end to police brutality and the abolition of policing. The movement parallels and partakes in Black community demands and Black radical struggle against regimes of anti-Black captivity and dispossession. Smythe will talk about the growing national campaign and their efforts to envision a university system free of policing as integral to the project of Black Studies and our unprecedented struggle against carceral violence. Respondent, Crystal M. Fleming, Stony Brook University.
Zoom Registration is required for this event. Please click here to register. https://forms.gle/FsHqPXacWEKGdo228 Registration deadline, February 10. An #AbolitionistFutures event. #BlackHistoryMonth
Africana Studies and Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) present
Foundations of Critical Pedagogy
Talk by Dr. Georges Fouron, Professor, Africana Studies and Dr. Mary Jo Bona, Professor, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Wednesday, October 21st at 2:30PM EST on Zoom
Description: In this panel discussion, Drs. Fouron and Bona will discuss the foundations of critical pedagogy and how they integrate these concepts into their teaching practice. Faculty are invited to reflect on these concepts within the context of their own discipline. Please submit your questions at the point of registration.
Dr. Georges Eugene Fouron, a native of Haiti, is a Professor of Education and Social Sciences (and a member of the Africana Studies Department) at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research focus is transnationalism and its effects as experienced by Haitians in Haiti and those in the Haitian Diaspora. His latest book. authored With Nina Glick Schiller “Georges Woke up Laughing: Long Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home” was published by Duke University Press in 2001. His latest manuscript: “Haiti’s Migratory Streams at the Crossroads of Global Capitalism and the Politics of Competing Empires” is under review by Penn State Press.
Dr. Mary Jo Bona Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University with her affiliated department in English. Dr. Bona‘s expertise In feminist literary studies examines the nexus between gender and ethnicity, With transnational migratory identities. matenal cultures. and Italian diaspora studies as primary intersections.
Wednesday, October 21st at 1:00PM on ZoomMeeting ID: 973 0055 2018 Passcode: 226205
The Making of Efemèr’s Yearning EP: Historical Memory, Diaspora, and Protest in Black Music
Written by EFEMÈR, featuring production by EFEMÈR & Louis Weeks, mixing by Brain Tan
Efemèr reveals their debut EP album, Yearning, available now on all streaming platforms. Featuring novel electronic production and naturalistic sounds, this independent record released by Makeshifting Music, marks the premier release of Haitian-American singer-songwriter, historian, experimental artist, and queer activist George Aumoithe, Ph.D.. “This has been the manifestation of three years of steady effort and a collection of memories from around the world,” said Efemèr. “In what seems to be the most dire of times, these songs have become mantras to will a fairer world into existence with clearer eyes. This is music that insists upon the importance of standing in the middle of all our overlapping worlds, and loving and embracing all of their simultaneous truths and contradictions.”
First conceived as a project in Hong Kong in January 2017, Yearning is the freshman effort by Efemèr — exploring themes of intimacy, desire, longing, and nostalgia, the sweeping six-song EP is a powerful announcement of a queer, Caribbean-American artist caught between both past and future, peace and presence. “To work with Efemèr is to be invited to look through a window into another world. The process is based in generosity, honesty, organic collaboration, and flow,” said co-producer Louis Weeks. “Some artists set out to make records – Efemèr records the making, and in doing so honors each moment and choice.”
Yearning’s release is followed by the upcoming single and music video “Keep,” which features a pastiche of a cappella rendition, found sound, social movement protest, and wise words recovered from a powerful conversation held between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni.
With electronic production by composer Louis Weeks, mixing by Brain Tan, and vocals by Afua Darko and Justin Alexandre, Yearning seeks to “confront deep and persistent contradictions that undergird the unequal treatment of Black people,” while exploring common human themes of doubt, intimacy, misconnection, desire, longing, and nostalgia in a world plagued by pandemic, socio-political tumult, and extrajudicial violence.
Dr. George Aumoithe is an Assistant Professor of Global Health. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2018 and completed postdoctoral training in legal history at Princeton University in 2020. Dr. Aumoithe’s research focuses on the effect of anti-inflationary economic policy and colorblind legal ideology on public hospitals. His research interests engage problems in political economy, social welfare policy, public health, curative medicine, and epidemic preparedness. In 2019, Dr. Aumoithe organized a national conference called Law, Difference, and Healthcare: Making Sense of Structural Racism in Medico-Legal History . He directs the inaugural Global Health and Health Inequality Mapping Lab in Africana Studies.