*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this event was moved from April to October.  Some of the speakers, locations, and times listed below may be subject to change as plans for October are finalized.*

In April 1980, renowned African writer Chinua Achebe and African American literary giant James Baldwin met for the first time in Gainesville, FL.  On the 40th anniversary of their historic encounter, this event invites return and reflection by probing the experiential archive through oral history, memoir, and artifact, and inviting literary engagement around reading, representing, and writing the nexus of Africa and America in the present.  You are invited to join, to share your work, and to reflect on Baldwin and Achebe’s legacies.

Link to web page/registration: https://africa.ufl.edu/newsandevents/achebe-baldwin-40/

SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 22  

UF Library East Foyer and Room 100

Morning Session:

9:00am                Registration

9:30am                Welcome

10:00am             Living Archive: Exhibition, Listening Booths, Interviews

10:30am              Roundtable: Revisiting Achebe | Baldwin 1980 — Roundtable

Naana Horne – Associate Professor of English, Santa Fe College

Ken Harrow – Distinguished Professor of English, Michigan State University

Aliko Songolo – Professor Emeritus, French & African Cultural Studies, U of Wisconsin-Madison

Dorothy Randall Tsuruta – Professor of African Studies, San Francisco        State University

11:30am-            Q&A and Wrap-Up

12 noon

 

Afternoon Session

1:30-3:00pm

Achebe and Baldwin in Conversation: Literary Stakes

Chielo Eze – Associate Professor, Department of English & African Studies, Northeastern Illinois University

Melba Joyce Boyd – Distinguished Professor, Department of African American Studies, Wayne State University

 

3:30-5:00pm     Achebe and Baldwin in Conversation: Historical & Political Stakes

Abena Asare – Associate Professor, Modern African Affairs, Stony Brook University

Agustin Lao-Montes – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Keynote Presentation

Chamber Room, Ground Floor, UF Reitz Student Union, 686 Museum Rd.

7:00-9:00pm     “Letter to Jimmy,” Alain Mabanckou – Novelist & Professor,

University of California, Los Angeles

 

University of Florida Black Student Union Presentation:

Spoken Word Poetry

 

 

Friday, October 23

 UF Library East, Room 100

Morning Session

9-10:30am         Writers Forum I: Writing Africa and America in 2020

Okey Ndibe – Viebrans Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, St. Lawrence University

Major Jackson – Distinguished Professor, Department of English, University of Vermont

Julie Iromuanya – Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Chicago

Zahir JanMohamed – Rackman Merit Fellow, University of Michigan

11:00am-

12:30pm               Graduate Student Forum: “On the Future of Blackness”

 

Alachua County Public Library Headquarters, 401 E. University Ave, Meeting Room A

Afternoon Session

2:30-5:00pm     Writers Forum II: Reading Africa and America in 2020

Okey Ndibe – Viebrans Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, St. Lawrence University

Major Jackson – Distinguished Professor, Department of English, University of Vermont

Julie Iromuanya – Assistant Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, University of Chicago

Zahir JanMohamed – Rackman Merit Fellow, University of Michigan

Guest Writers from City of Gainesville

 

Performance & Closing Reception

 Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Rd.

7:00-9:00pm     Dance Performance: Qudus Onikeku and Company

 

Sponsored by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Department of English; Department of History; Department of Political Science; France-Florida Research Institute; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; College of the Arts; Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship; Office of Research; Office of Diversity Affairs; Center for African Studies; UF International Center; UF Library Lockhart Fund; African American Studies Program; Center for Latin American Studies.

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The 2011 revolution unleashed passionate public concern about how to create a “New Egypt.” Islamic channels were important sites of these debates as rival television preachers gave media form to their competing visions of what a virtuous life entails and what an ethical polity looks like. Based on fieldwork in Cairo with the “New Preachers” – so named because of their novel styles of Islamic media – this talk explores what these on and off-screen struggles reveal about Islam’s competing theologies and the distinctive media forms they take. It also considers what methodological attunements such contested religious mediations demand of their ethnographers.

This event is being held on Zoom.  It is sponsored by the Center for Global Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, and the Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

To register and receive the Zoom password, please email Musa Ibrahim.

*The film festival has been postponed until Fall 2020.*

In this documentary film by director Pedro Ruiz, the viewer follows the director to a dozen cities including Montreal, Paris, New York, Port-au-Prince to the legendary fishing village of Petit-Goâve.  Along the way, the film explores the meaning of place, travel, exile, and homecoming.

This screening is part of the Voyages Across Borders Film Festival, which is free and open to all.  It is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment); UF International Center; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami; Smathers Libraries; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for African Studies; Hippodrome Theatre.

*The film festival has been postponed until Fall 2020.*

Join Dr. Michelle Bloom for this talk.

This lecture is part of the Voyages Across Borders Film Festival, which is free and open to all.  It is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment); UF International Center; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami; Smathers Libraries; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for African Studies; Hippodrome Theatre.

*The film festival has been postponed until Fall 2020.*

Yang Yang is a dramatic film by Taiwanese writer/director Yu-Chieh Cheng.  In this film, a young woman struggles to deal with her mixed identity as part French, part Taiwanese.

This screening is part of the Voyages Across Borders Film Festival, which is free and open to all.  It is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment); UF International Center; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami; Smathers Libraries; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for African Studies; Hippodrome Theatre.

*The film festival has been postponed until Fall 2020.*

Catch the wind is a dramatic film by French director Gael Morel.  In this film, a middle-aged factory worker’s life is upended when she follows her employer to Morocco.

This screening is part of the Voyages Across Borders Film Festival, which is free and open to all.  It is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment); UF International Center; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami; Smathers Libraries; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for African Studies; Hippodrome Theatre.

*The film festival has been postponed until Fall 2020.*

Hope is a dramatic film by French writer/director Boris Lojkine.  In this film, Léonard makes a clandestine journey from Cameroon to Europe through the Sahara desert.  Along the way, Léonard meets Hope, a Nigerian girl who’s following the same dream.

This screening is part of the Voyages Across Borders Film Festival, which is free and open to all.  It is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment); UF International Center; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami; Smathers Libraries; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for African Studies; Hippodrome Theatre.

*This event has been cancelled.*

Join UF Linguistics for this keynote address of the Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting (FLYM 2020).  Professor Lawrence Solan (Don Forchelli Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School) will present this talk.

Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; UF English Language Institute; Center for African Studies; Office of Research; UF International Center; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

*This event has been cancelled.*

Join UF Linguistics for this keynote address of the Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting (FLYM 2020).  Professor Andries Coetzee (Director of the Center for African Studies at University of Michigan) will present this talk.

Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; UF English Language Institute; Center for African Studies; Office of Research; UF International Center; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

*The film festival has been postponed until Fall 2020.*

The Lost Café is an uplifting story about a girl’s decision to rise above her dark family secrets, heartbreak and culture shock to live out her dreams abroad. It was created in Nigeria.

This screening is part of the Voyages Across Borders Film Festival, which is free and open to all.  It is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Yulee Lectures Endowment); UF International Center; Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami; Smathers Libraries; Center for Latin American Studies; Center for African Studies; Hippodrome Theatre.