Africana Research Center’s 'Food for Thought' series to begin Sept. 11

August 24, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State's Africana Research Center (ARC) recently announced its 2017-18 "Food for Thought" series schedule. The ARC provides monetary support for scholars whose primary research centers on the African Diaspora, then scholars present a talk to discuss the results of their research. These free monthly talks are held from noon to 1 p.m. in 217 Willard Building and are open to the public. Free pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Sept. 11: Carla D. Pratt presents “Subordination Now; Subordination Forever:  Examining America’s Tolerance for Racial Inequality”

Oct. 16: Jenna Christian presents “Militarized Youth:  Citizenship, Soldiering, Incarceration, and Young People's Futures"

Nov. 13: B. Stephen Carpenter II presents “The African Diaspora Water Crisis Curriculum Project:  An Arts-Based Collaboration” (this talk will be held from 12:15-1:15 p.m.)

Dec. 4: Julie Gallagher presents "Transforming the State, Building the Peace: Liberian Women’s Activism in Recent Historical Perspective"

Feb. 26: Ebony Coletu presents “Garvey’s Muse:  Chief Sam and the African Movement"

March 26: Alicia Decker presents “Women and the Specter of Militarism: A Gendered History of Uganda after Military Rule”

April 2: Margaret (Molly) Ariotti presents "Public Good Provision and Local Administration in Francophone Africa"

The ARC is currently accepting applications for funding up to $1,500 for Penn State students whose research supports the ARC’s mission.  For more information or to apply, visit

Last Updated August 28, 2017