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44th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture with Christel N. Temple and Donald G. Murray, Jr.


November 9, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: University Center Ballroom

A logo says Africana Studies Department Celebrating 50 Years

The Department of Africana Studies, the Humanities Forum, and the Social Sciences Forum present the 44th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, featuring two keynote speakers: Christel N. Temple, who will speak on Cultural Memory and Mythology: Africana Agency in the Face of Exile, and Donald G. Murray, Jr., who will speak on Africana Studies: Creating a Program Space and Place at UMBC and the Greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Communities. This event also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Africana Studies at UMBC.

In her talk, Christel N. Temple will discuss how diasporic experiences of exile, both as cultural memory as recollection and cultural mythology as sacred storytelling of this recollection, are catalysts for exploring new ways to itemize survival and inheritance throughout the African Diaspora.

In his talk, Donald G. Murray, Jr. will assess the successes and shortcomings of the AAS/AFST Community Involvement program and make suggestions for its future course for the next 50 years.

Christel N. Temple is Professor of Africana Studies and an affiliate of The Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, the Critical European Culture Studies doctoral program, and the African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Temple received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, where she majored in History, her M.A. in Comparative Black Literature from UMBC, and her Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University. Her major fields of interest are Africana Cultural Memory Studies, Comparative Africana Literature, Black Nationalism, Pan-Africanism, and Afroeuropean Studies. Dr. Temple’s publications include Black Cultural Mythology (SUNY, 2020) which won the College Language Association’s Book Prize in 2021; Transcendence and the Africana Literary Enterprise (2017); Literary Spaces: Introduction to Comparative Black Literature (2007); Literary Pan-Africanism: History, Contexts, and Criticism (2005); a co-edited volume on Muhammad Ali in Africana Cultural Memory (2022) with James L. Conyers, Jr.; and a number of essays, articles, and reviews.

Donald G. Murray, Jr. is former faculty in UMBC’s African American Studies/Africana Studies department and the pioneer director of its Community Involvement program. He is also the former director of the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; campaign director of D.C. mayoral candidates (1990s–2000s); former social worker; and chair of the Humanities Council for Washington, D.C (2000s).

Admission is free.

This event may be enjoyed in person or via simultaneous streaming at dreshercenter.umbc.edu.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Africana Studies at UMBC, additional events will be offered on November 10th and 11th. Please visit africanastudies.umbc.edu for more information.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and visitors. If you would like to request a disability-based accommodation on site or have questions about this event or its location, please contact us at dreshercenter@umbc.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities and the Center for Social Science Scholarship.



November 9
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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