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Upcoming Events

*September 22nd, 2021 (7:15 PM/ET)- “Making Our Stories Visible”: Humanizing the Black Experience through Television”, Freedom School 3.0-Back To School [Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University and Auburn Avenue Research Library] (Virtual Series Speaker) (Atlanta, GA/Richmond, VA)…Register Here

*October 1st, 2021- “Portrayals of Women in Media and Entertainment” (Featured Panelist), Women’s Network-University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)

*November 4th, 2021 (7-9 PM/ET)- “The Day The Klan Came to Town: A Comic Book Retelling of Community Resistance” [Moderator] (Panel Presentation & Signing) [Hybrid Event], VCU Libraries and VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, James Branch Cabell Library (Rm 303)-901 Park Ave. (Richmond, VA) … Registration Details TBA

*November 10th, 2021 (4:30 PM/ET)– In Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor & Victor LaValle (Keynote Panel) [Moderator]-LibraryCon Live!

*November 10th, 2021 (7:00 PM/ET)– “VCU Cabell First Novelist Award Honors Celebration“-Discussion with Author Raven Leilani-Department of English and VCU Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

2020-21 Events

*September 15th, 2021-“Digging in the Chicago Comic Book Archives”, Summer Fellow Presentations-Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), Virtual Presentation, (Chicago, IL/Richmond, VA)

*September 13th, 2021- “It’s the Microaggressions For Me: Let’s Talk Pop Culture, Inclusion, Unmasking Privilege, Navigating Inequities, and Taking Action“, “Having Tough Conversation Series”-Monthly Series (Virtual Lecture) [Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT]…(Washington, DC/Richmond, VA)

*June 30th, 2021-This Fourth of July is Yours, Not Mine: Understanding Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (Virtual Public Lecture) [Auburn Avenue Research Library]…(Atlanta, GA/Richmond, VA)

*June 26th, 2021-“Greenwood: Genre Reflections on the Massacre” [Invited Panelist], Lockdown Con II: The Mutant Strain (Virtual Dialogue)

*May 20th, 2021- Pop Culture Scholar Grace D. Gipson in conversation with Cartoonist/Illustrator Bianca Xunise– Chicago Humanities Festival (Virtual Dialogue)… (Chicago, IL)

*May 4th, 2021-“The Black Family and its Representations, Identity, and Complexities” (Panelist)…Richmond Public Library System (Richmond, VA)

*April 23rd, 2021- “Inclusive and Accessible Teaching Practices using Media and Popular Culture”-2021 Virtual Symposia-Inclusive Teaching Practices (Symposium Speaker)…VCU-Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence [Virginia Commonwealth University] (Richmond, VA)

*April 22nd, 2021- “Art, Politics, and Social Justice in Times of Crisis.”-Art History Graduate Studies Symposium (Virtual Keynote)…Art History program (Department of Art)[University of Memphis] (Memphis, TN)

*April 12th, 2021- “Re-Writing the Script: Black Imaginings of Trauma, Politics, and Pop Culture” (Series Speaker)…The Center for Literary Studies (CLS) [University of Oklahoma] (Norman, OK)

*April 9th, 2021- “Alumni Art Talk” (Featured Speaker)…Art Department-Centennial High School (Champaign, IL)

*April 11th, 2021- “‘I Am’: Black Feminist Futures and Possibilities in the Academy” (Invited Panelist)...AERA Presidential Sessions-2021 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Virtual Annual Meeting

*March 29th, 2021- Women’s Herstory: Representation Matters – BMRC Fellows Share Their Research (Research Fellow-Panelist)…Black Metropolis Research Consortium (Chicago, IL)

*March 21st, 2021- “BIPOC Voices in Speculative Fiction-Discussion with Authors Catherine Hernandez and Jordan Ifueko” (Moderator)…Virginia Festival of the Book (Richmond, VA)

*March 20th, 2021- “Race, Media, and Comics” (Moderator)…”The West”- 2021 African American Intellectual Historical Society (AAIHS) Conference-Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

*March 18th, 2021- “Black Women in Higher Education: The R.E.A.L. Conversation” (Panelist)…VCU 2021 Women’s HERstory Series-Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

*March 16th, 2021- “It’s the Microaggressions For Me: Let’s Talk Inclusion, Unmasking Privilege, Navigating Inequities, and Taking Action” (Virtual Dialogue)… Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series-Delta Gamma Fraternity-Beta Psi-University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)

*March 10th, 2021-Online “Afrofututrism and Black Science Fiction Book Club Discussion” [See the Reading List Here]…Ontario Public Interest Research Group-Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario)

*March 4th, 2021 -“The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and the Future” (Panelist)… Activities Programming Board-Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

*March 3rd, 2021-Live Online Post-Lecture Conversation & Discussion on “Blackness, Politics and Gaming”…New Commons Project-University of Maine Farmington (Farmington, ME)

*February 25th, 2021 (8:00pm/ET)- “Fandom+Piracy Keynote w/Rebecca Wanzo: “How Should We Theorize Injury in Fan Studies?” (Panelist/Interlocuter)…Berkeley Center for New Media (Berkeley, CA)

*February 24th, 2021-“What’s Your RPG Fantasy?: Let’s Talk Blackness, Politics, and Gaming” (Virtual Lecture)… The New Commons Project-University of Maine Farmington (Farmington, ME)…Watch Here

*February 23rd, 2021- “Are Cultural Images Fueling Our Bias?” (Virtual Panelist)…Unlocking Health Equity [Office of Student Experience-Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at VCU] Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

*February 23rd, 2021-“Black Women Portrayals in American Pop Culture Media” (Virtual Lecture)…Chesterfield County Public Library (Chesterfield, VA)

*February 9th, 2021- “Afrofuturism and Black History”: Just Talk/Talk Just webinar series (Panelist)…Union Presbyterian Seminary-Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership and the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation (Richmond, VA)

*December 9th, 2020-“Reflections on the Professional Access & Equity Series”- Get Ready to Pivot-2020 Fall VACRAO Conference (Virtual Panelist)…(VA State-wide)

*November 17th, 2020-Reclaiming Her Time” Imagining Black Femme Futures in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Virtual Lecture)… Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD)