The “CRITICAL ISSUES Lecture Series,” sponsored byASI, has been central to the success of both the academic and outreach programs. These symposia present distinguished guest lecturers who share their perspectives, research, and scholarship on African-American and Black world topics with the University and the larger community.
Topics have included among others:
“Black and French? Thoughts on Caste, Class and Belonging in Phantom Paris,”
“What Does It Mean to be Black in America?”
“The State of Black America: 25 Years after the Civil Rights Act.”
“The Black Male: An Endangered Species?”
“Rethinking the American Race Problem.”
“Multiculturalism: Academic Enrichment or Political Correctness?”
“The Black Power Movement in Historical Perspective: Dialogs on Race in American Society”
Speakers have included well known academics, civil rights activists, and scholars such as William Julius Wilson, Margaret Washington, Wilson J. Moses, Julian Bond, Judge Constance Baker Motley, Mrylie Evers-Williams, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Robin D. G. Kelley, Kathleen Cleaver , and Cornel West.