How the Black Studies Collaboratory is reimagining Black Studies through community engagement
When UC Berkeley’s African American Studies professors Leigh Raiford and Tianna Paschel launched the Black Studies Collaboratory (BSC) in 2021(link is external), their vision centered on creating a space for critical, joyful and generative engagement that would expand beyond the institution and into the surrounding community. “This is an opportunity to experiment with new forms of collaboration, engage in new conversations around freedom, justice, and joy, and to deepen our roots in the Bay Area,” said Paschel. Chancellor Carol Christ added, “The project will take this critical moment in our history as an invitation to reimagine African American Studies’ relationship to the institution of the university and in turn reimagine the institution’s relationship to its surrounding Black communities.” Now halfway into its three-year journey, the Black Studies Collaboratory has constructed creative and inclusive means to gather and mobilize artists, activists and scholars in service to the interdisciplinary, political, and world-building work of Black Studies.
The Black Studies Collaboratory Welcomes Second Cohort of Abolition Democracy Fellows
The Black Studies Collaboratory at UC Berkeley announces Abolition Democracy Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year. Postdoctoral Fellows Dr. Peace And Love El Henson and Dr. Victoria Grubbs, and Elder in Residence Ms. Daphne Muse, continuing their positions from last year, will be joined by Dissertation Writing Fellows Caleb Dawson and Rashad Timmons; Activist in Residence Cat Brooks; Artist Fellows Antoine Hunter and Bryant Terry; and Archivist in Residence Lisbet Tellefsen.
A través del rap: grupo Krudxs Cubensi promueve el respeto y la inclusión
El grupo Krudxs Cubensi, integrado Odaymar y Oli, busca a través del rap mover corazones, emociones y llamar a la libertad. Odaymar y Oli representan a la comunidad LGBTQ+ y se identifican como queers y feministas que defienden su causa. “Con el rap tu consigues un beat, escribes tus líricas, las pones juntas y ya es una manera asequible para la gente que no tiene mucho poder hacer la música”, explicaron.
Yahoo: UC Berkeley’s African American Studies Department awarded $2.8 million for community project
“Black Studies Collaboratory,” a three-year project that is overseen by the department, is set to expand Black studies outside of the classroom to educate the community and general public. The project is led by professors Leigh Raiford and Tianna S. Paschel.
Berkeley News: Berkeley African American Studies awarded $2.8 million grant to expand community impact
What is the role of Black studies in building a more just future? What lessons from Black feminist, radical and intellectual traditions can we apply to this moment in history? And how do we solidify our commitment to Black studies as a public good?