African & African-American Studies

2017 Apr 13

Mind, Brain, & Behavior Panel Discussion: What is Mental Illness? A Humanistic, Genetic, & Cognitive Perspective

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

 

How have people thought about mental illness in different cultures, and are there positive aspects associated with it, thinking historically and scientifically? Should we think of mental illness as categorically different or as deviations from the normal healthy state? What measures other than pharmaceutical medicines can be helpful for maintaining positive mental health? Join us as we take a deep dive into the biological, historical and psychological aspects of mental illness.

A panel featuring: Prof. Anne Harrington (History of Science),
Prof. Steve… Read more about Mind, Brain, & Behavior Panel Discussion: What is Mental Illness? A Humanistic, Genetic, & Cognitive Perspective

2017 Apr 24

Coolidge Corner Cinema Science on Screen Series: Hidden Figures

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA

Scene from Hidden Figures

Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one… Read more about Coolidge Corner Cinema Science on Screen Series: Hidden Figures

2017 Mar 07

Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life “Fetish”

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

jl_matoryRace, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series

J. Lorand Matory, Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Director, Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project, Duke University

Since the early-modern encounter between African and European merchants on the Guinea Coast, the term “fetish… Read more about Marx, Freud, and the Gods Black People Make: European Social Theory and the Real-Life “Fetish”