African and African-American Studies

Calendar of Events
Fall 2015


Event: AAASE Author-of-the-Month Lecture Series

Location: Alamance 302B
Date(s): Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Times: noon - 1:30 pm
Description: We welcome Dr. Nishani Frazier to campus for the first installment of the 2015-16 “Author of the Month” series.  Drawing from her current research on the Congress of Racial Equality, Dr. Frazier will explore the continuing relevance of Black Power to the academy in a talk entitled, “All Power to the Professor!  How Black Power Can Help the Humanities Flourish.” To register for this event and more information, visit
Sponsors: AAASE & the Department of History & Geography


Event: AAASE Author-of-the-Month Lecture Series

Location: Alamance 302B
Date(s): Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Times: noon - 1:30 pm
Description: Prof. Ross Howell, Jr., Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Elon, will read and present from his forthcoming  novel FORSAKEN. The work begins with the 1912 murder trial of Virginia Christian, which roiled racial tensions in Hampton, Virginia. An uneducated black girl just five feet tall, Christian was found guilty of killing her white, 51-year-old employer, a widow. Christian was executed in the electric chair at the state penitentiary in Richmond one day after her 17th birthday. She is the only female juvenile executed in Virginia history. Charles Mears, a white, 18-year-old reporter who covers the trial, is the narrator of the novel. The devout, chain-smoking Mears tries to win clemency for the girl from William Hodges Mann, the last Confederate veteran to serve as governor of Virginia. The lead attorney representing Christian is George Washington Fields, a former slave who escaped to freedom as a boy in 1863. Fields was the first black man to graduate from Cornell Law School, and rose to prominence as an attorney in Hampton, even after losing his eyesight two decades before the Christian trial. After Christian’s conviction, Mears crosses the color line, convincing the editor of an African-American newspaper in Norfolk to hire him. In his weekly column Mears speaks out against Jim Crow, drawing the wrath of the Ku Klux Klan and a secret cadre of genteel white supremacists who would organize the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America. Kidnapped to the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, Mears barely escapes with his life. Throughout the novel events like the sinking of the Titanic and the rise of the eugenics movement, along with unforgettable figures like Hampton coroner George Vanderslice and Walter Plecker, a physician who relentlessly pursued racial purity laws that were emulated in Nazi Germany, are brought to life. Tragic as the events in FORSAKEN may be, the story is one of love, redemption, and hope. To register for this event and more information, visit


Event: AAASE Author-of-the-Month Lecture Series

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Alamance 302B (Boyd Conference Room)
Sponsor: AAASE
Description: Join the AAASE community for its third annual lunch and learn series. In discussions on Black Studies-related topics, authors will present their recently published work or work-in-progress.November's featured author TBD. To register for this event, please follow this link: