Amazing work by the AFA 4225 Class and the Omicron Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi in their presentation of a Heavy Crown: Black Hair’s Journey throughout History.



Continuing the celebration of the African American Studies Program’s 50th year at UF. The program participated in the Homing Coming Parade, a day where  Gainesville schools and UF are closed for the community to come out and enjoy the afternoon.


Please join the Humanities Center on October 24 and 25 for two events with Professor Ana-Lucia Araujo (Howard University, Department of History) as part of the Center’s 2019-20 speaker series: Rethinking the Public Sphere: Part 1 – Race and the Promise of Participation.

Public Lecture

“Museums and Slavery: Engaging the Past and the Present in the Public


Ana-Lucia Araujo (Howard University, Department of History)




4:00 Thursday October 24, 2019 @ Smathers Library 100

How have museums engaged the debates about human atrocities? This lecture explores the development of permanent exhibitions and museums dedicated in part or entirely to address the problem of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in England, France and the United States, by examining the cases of the Nantes History Museum, Museum of Aquitaine, the International Slavery Museum, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. I contend that the official memory of slavery is shaped by other modalities of memory (collective, cultural, and public) but in various nations it also depends on government involvement in publicly and privately funded initiatives. Therefore, although official, these memories are not static. They remain dynamic like the societies where they emerge. The inclusion of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in the museum exposes the nuanced approaches through which each country engages with its own black and white communities. It also reveals how each nation deals with its regional, national, and international pasts, where racism and white supremacy persist.

Ana Lucia Araujo is a social and cultural historian. Her work explores the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. In the last fifteen years, she authored and edited over ten books, including Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017). Her next book Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past will be published in 2020. She is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review and a member of the editorial board of the journal Slavery and Abolition. In 2017, she joined the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. Currently she is a full professor in the Department of History of the historically black Howard University in Washington DC.

This public lecture is free and open to the public.

Academic Seminar

Battles of Public Memory

Ana-Lucia Araujo (Howard University, Department of History)

11:45am-1:40pm, Friday October 25, 2019 @ Keene-Flint 05 (History Department Conference Room)

This seminar will discuss “Battles of Public Memory,” chapter 3 of Ana Lucia Araujo’s book manuscript Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past. In this chapter, Araujo argues that public memory is a political and racialized mode of engagement with the slave past. Analyzing examples from England and the United States, she explains how activists, associations, individual citizens, and sometimes academics occupy the public sphere to demand public powers to give visibility to slavery in the public space. These demands certainly addressed the need of recognizing the deep involvement of Britain and the United States in the slave trade and slavery. Yet, in due course, these social actors exposed the pervasiveness of white supremacy, deeply embedded in the urban landscapes of these societies, by also fighting the persistence of racism and racial inequalities.

This academic seminar is open to UF faculty, graduate students, and enrolled advanced undergraduate students.

Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions by October 23rd to: An email reply confirming your participation will include a draft of the chapter under discussion.

Speaker Series Information

These events are organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, George A. Smathers Libraries, Office of Research, UF International Center, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Department of Political Science, Center for African Studies, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, Center for Latin American Studies, African American Studies Program, School of Art and Art History, Department of Philosophy, Samuel Procter Oral History Program, Department of History, UF Chief Diversity Officer, Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities (Jack Davis), Hyatt and Cici Brown Chair of History (Sean Adams)

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Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn who has been awarded as “Distinguished Affiliate Faculty Member in recognition of valuable contribution to the Center” at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research.

Manoucheka Celeste, Assistant Professor in both the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research & the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida, recently received the 2018 Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association (NCA).

Given annually, the award honors the most outstanding scholarly book(s) published during the previous two years. Dr. Celeste’s book, Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the African Diaspora: Traveling Blackness (Routledge, 2017), is a timely, multi-method exploration of citizenship, immigration, and belonging. Providing a portrait of blackness as multiple and complex through interviews, news frames, and popular media, Dr. Celeste breaks us out of our expected narratives of black migration and binary thinking to foreground Haiti, Cuba, and South Florida.

“NCA’s annual awards honor communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship, and service,” NCA Executive Director Trevor Parry-Giles said. “Dr. Celeste’s contributions to the communication discipline are noteworthy, and NCA is proud to recognize them with this award.”
Dr. Celeste’s award was presented on November 10 at the NCA 104th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

Congratulations, Dr. Celeste.

Dr. Mildred Hill-Lubin, a friend of and advocate for the African American Studies Program, passed away recently in Gainesville.  She began her teaching career at Paine College in 1962 and taught there until 1972.  When pursuing her doctorate in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she was recruited to come to the Department of English at the University of Florida to be the Director of the English program for Special Admit students and to teach American, African American and African Literature. She also received an affiliate appointment in the Center for African Studies. For 29 years, she was an educator and mentor to students, colleagues, and young scholars.  In addition to teaching numerous Anglo-phone, African, and African American Literature courses, Dr. Hill-Lubin became the first African American and Woman assistant dean in the Graduate School.  She retired from the University of Florida in May 2003, after 41 years as a teacher and professor.  Dr. Hill-Lubin was also a supporter of the African American Studies Program throughout her career.  Please join us in honoring this remarkable woman.  May she rest in paradise.

Dr. Sharon Austin teaches the African Americans in Paris class during the spring break of each year.  If you would like information, please contact her at  You can also find videos from the class on the UF African American Studies Program’s youtube page

The class studies the history, culture, and politics of African Americans who left the U.S. and moved to Paris, France.  The class will visit several historic sites such as the home of Josephine Baker, Versailles Palace, the Louvre Museum, and will also take walking tours of Parisian neighborhoods such as the predominantly African/Caribbean Goutte d’Or neighborhood and the Latin Quarter.  In addition, students will travel to Nantes, France to visit a slavery museum, hear a lecture on slavery in France, and visit the site where slaves were transported from Africa to Paris.

You can register for the class by clicking on

Study Abroad in Paris

Power Point Presentation: Paris-Presentation-for-Site

Syllabus: African Americans in Paris 2019 Syllabus