Scholars’ Voices Series

The African American Studies Program initiative at Prairie View A&M University focuses on providing an interdisciplinary study of the experiences of the people of African descent in America and abroad. Scholarly activities provide students, faculty and the PVAMU community with a fundamental understanding of the social, economic, cultural and historical issues framing the contributions of African American communities in America. Activities expand the breadth of knowledge of the full PVAMU community to the innumerable significant achievements made by descendants of Africa in literature, technology, social and natural sciences as well as art and music, enhancing the focus on humanities at an 1890’s Land Grant University. The Scholars’ Voices Series promotes intellectual awareness and sensitivity to the dynamic experiences of the descendants of Africa in America and abroad.

When and Where I Enter at 35: A Symposium in Honor of Paula Giddings


Gloria Steinem, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Elsa Barkley Brown, Renita Weems and Cheryl Wall

On November 8th, the African American Studies Initiative at Prairie View A&M University will be hosting “When and Where I Enter at 35: A Symposium in Honor of Paula Giddings.” This will be an opportunity to acknowledge the importance and influence of this groundbreaking book that chronicles the history of black women’s activism. For three and a half decades, it has served as a resource for anyone wanting to learn more about black women’s role in American political history. When and Where I Enter’s impact on black women and girls seeking to learn more about their own history has been invaluable and this event will bring together leading black feminist scholars to discuss the origins of black women’s studies and the intellectual legacy of their work. There will be a morning panel discussion with Renita J. Weems, Elsa Barkley Brown and Cheryl Wall. It will also feature a poetry reading by Evie Shockley, who has credited When and Where I Enter as influential in her writing. There will also be a panel discussion between Professor Giddings and her most recent collaborators – Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Gloria Steinem. The day will be capped off with Giddings in conversation with President Ruth J. Simmons. This event is free and open to the public. Please share this information with anyone you believe might be interested in attending this event.

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Scholars' Voices Series

2018 – 2019

African American Culture and History at Prairie View A&M University

Nell Painter

Nell Painter
Edwards Professor of American History, Princeton University

October 16, 2018
Alvin I. Thomas Administration Building, Julius W. Becton, Jr. Auditorium

Cornel West

Cornel West
Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary, and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

January 18, 2019
Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center, Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium

W. Gabriel Selassie I

W. Gabriel Selassie I
Ralph Bunche Associate Professor of U.S. History and African American Studies, Los Angeles City College

February 21, 2019
Don K. Clark Building (Juvenile Justice), Auditorium