Upcoming Events

Fall 2023 Events Line Up

Thursday, August 31,

Kansas Room, Kansas Union, 12 pm

FLAS Social and Orientation


Friday, September 8

Bailey, 109, 1 pm

Oscar Micheaux Film Series

Atlantics (2019)


Saturday, September 9

Centennial Park, 5 pm

KASC Fall Gathering


Thursday, September 14

Bailey 318 (Hybrid), 12 pm

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium with Dr. Ebenezer Obadare (Council on Foreign Relations Fellow)


Sunday September 24,

Lawrence Public Library, 3:30 pm

Multicultural Storytime


Thursday, September 28

Kansas Room, Kansas Union, 1 pm

International Career Forum


Thursday, October 5

Jayhawk Welcome Center, 7:00 pm

AAAS Marwa Muhammad Lecture Series


Saturday October 7

Baldwin Public Library 11 am

Multicultural Storytime


Tuesday, October 10

Bailey 318 (Hybrid), 12 pm

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium with Dr. Emily Riley (El Colegio de Mexico)


Tuesday, October 10

Virtual, 4 pm

FLAS Info Session 1


Friday, October 13

Bailey, 109, 1 pm

Oscar Micheaux Film Series

Destination Planet Negro (2013)


Thursday, October 19 & 20

Kansas Health Institute, Tokepa

MAAAS Conference


Tuesday, November 08

Virtual, 12 pm

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series with Dr. Merve Fejzula (University of Missouri)


Tuesday November 08

Bailey 318, 4 pm

FLAS Info Session 2


Tuesday, November 14

Alderson, Kansas Union, 5 pm

Film Screening & Discussion

"Garden City"


Wednesday, November 15

Venue, time TBA

KASC Annual Symposium


Sunday December 10

Lawrence Public Library 3:30 pm

Multicultural Storytime

View full calendar here


Wednesday, February 8

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Daria Trentini, Formal And Informal Collaborations Between Traditional Healers and Public Health in Northern Mozambique

12:00 PM via Zoom

In this presentation, Dr. Trentini will examine how these guidelines have been implemented by Mozambique’s Public Health (saude), especially through the creation of the “Institute of Traditional Medicine” in 2010.

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/Ujamaa-with-Daria-Trentini


Wednesday, March 1

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Nathan Wood, Vagabond Tourism and a Non-Colonial European Gaze:

Kazimierz Nowak’s Bicycle Journey across Africa, 1931-1936

This talk argues that his critical gaze on colonialism and capitalism arose due to his method of travel as a poor, vagabond tourist and because of his position as a European from a country without colonies in Africa.

To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/Ujamaa-with-Nathan-Wood

12:00 PM via Zoom


Monday, March 9

Digital Indabas: Pandemic Mediations

Digital Indabas this semester casts a retrospective gaze on the pandemic in Nigeria and Ghana through an exploration of the works of artists and performers for whom digital media became useful in continuing their works and capturing the cultural realties of Covid-19 in their respective communities.

11:00 AM via Zoom


Wednesday, March 29

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Puleng Segalo, Interrogating the Everydayness of Gender-Based Violence: Promoting Ethics of Care through Embroidery

The presentation will engage the ways in which needlework in the form of embroidery can be used to visually depict how gender-based violence affects families, and communities more broadly. Segalo describes an embroidery initiative that from an ongoing project in collaboration with a community of women which focuses on the everydayness of gender-based violence.

12:00 PM via Zoom


Wednesday, April 5

African & Diasporic Languages Festival

Experience the wonder of African languages at KU with entertaining performances in Arabic, Kiswahili, Wolof, Amharic and Haitian Creole from our talented students.

4 PM at the Burge Union Forum D


Friday, April 7

Graduate Research Workshop

The annual Kansas African Studies Center Graduate Research Workshop (GRW) provides a welcoming and supportive environment for graduate students to showcase their research while gaining valuable feedback from KU faculty and peers.

9 AM at Bailey Hall Room 318


Wednesday, April 26

Ujamaa Virtual Colloquium Series

Dr. Alhaji N’jai, Project 1808, Inc.: Decolonizing Education and Transforming Lives Through a School-Community- University Model

N’jai discusses the story of Project 1808, Inc. in Sierra Leone along the three fundamental areas of decolonizing education, global and local (GLocal) collaborations to transform community, and opportunity for social capital and empowerment. Project 1808, Inc. has now built a wide moat of programs along a school-community-university partnership model.

12:00 PM  via Zoom