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Race Talks

The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University is pleased to present Race Talks: An Interdisciplinary Virtual Colloquium Series that aims to invigorate campus-wide conversation about anti-racist advocacy through pedagogy, performance, and research. Made possible by an Advance Climate Together grant, Race Talks will launch this Spring semester bringing together emerging and established BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) scholars, managers, art administrators, producers, film makers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, visual artists, faculty, and students.

The series is coordinated across six participating university units (Africana Studies, the Dance Program, Film Studies, Latino/a and Mexican American Studies, Performance Studies, and Religious Studies) and offers a diverse and multidisciplinary program of events including keynote speakers, lecturers, interviews, workshops, panels, and student presentations.

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Students can earn MaroonBase points for attending Race Talks! Use the MaroonBase App to check-in to earn points for these events, then use your points to enter to win up to $2,000. Prizes are funded by a donation from a former student. For a complete list of prizes, rules, FAQ’s, and how to redeem your points for prizes, please visit the MaroonBase Student App page.


Sylviane Diouf


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Sylviane A. Diouf, PhD is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora and a curator. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Maison des Esclaves project on Gorée Island, Senegal. She is the author of Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons (NYU Press, 2014); and Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (NYU Press, 1998). The fifteenth anniversary edition of Servants of Allah—named Outstanding Academic Book in 1999—was released in 2013. Dr. Diouf's book Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America (Oxford University Press, 2007) received the 2007 Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association, the 2009 Sulzby Award of the Alabama Historical Association and was a finalist for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Diouf recently identified the last survivor of the Clotilda, Matilda McCrear, who passed away in January 1940.

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