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Fall 2022

Contagions of Empire: Scientific Racism, Sexuality, and Black Military Workers Abroad

 Dr. Khary Polk Flyer

Speaker: Dr. Khary Polk, Amherst College
Monday, September 19, 2022
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM ET
Location: Anthropology 206

Dr. Khary Polk is an Associate Professor of Black Studies and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College.

Organized by the Department of Anthropology. Co-sponsored by Hightower Speakers Fund, James Weldon John Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Center for the Study of Human Health, the Dept. of African American Studies, the Dept. of History, and the Dept. of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 


Contact Morgan Wilson at for more information.

Spring 2023

Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series

"Visions of Slavery: Histories, Memories, and Mobilizations of Unfreedom in the Black Atlantic"


Friday, February 10

· Presenter: Meina Yates-Richard, “Policing ‘Black Noise’ from the Civil Rights Era through Black Lives Matter”  

· Presenter: Tiara Jackson, “Black Femme Remains: Holy Hunger”

· Respondent: Alexander G. Weheliye, Malcolm S. Forbes Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

· Respondent: fahima ife, Associate Professor of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, UC Santa Cruz



Friday, March 17

· Presenter: Bayo Holsey, “The Oprah Affect: White Abolitionism, Neoliberal Compassion, and the Humanitarian Frontier”

· Respondent: Jemima Pierre, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, UCLA



Friday, April 14

· Presenter: Harcourt Fuller, “‘The Great Negro Town’: Historical and Contemporary Resonances of (Old) Nanny Town as a Geo-Political, Military, and Cultural Safe Space for Maroon Resistance Against British Slavery and its Afterlives in Jamaica”

· Presenter: Aisha Finch, “Black Feminist Fugitivity and the Historical Memory of Marroonage/Cimarronaje in Latin America”

· Respondent: Amy Johnson, Assistant Provost for Immersion and Experiential Learning, Faculty Head of Warren College, and Professor of the Practice in the College of Arts & Sciences, Vanderbilt University

· Respondent: Laurie Lambert, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies, Fordham University



Friday, May 12

· Presenter: Kyrah Daniels, “An Assembly of 21 Spirit Nations: The Pan-Africanist Pantheon of Haitian Vodou's African Lwa

· Presenter: Ras Michael Brown, “Put On A Hunter’s Shirt: Violence, Protection, and Spiritual Hunting in Bolsas de Mandinga, 1660s-1740s”

· Respondent: Tracey Hucks, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Africana Religious Studies and Suzanne Young Murray Professor (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), Harvard University