Programs & Events
The Africana Studies Program hosts numerous programs and events throughout the year, including Black History Month, lecture series, a Civil Rights Tour, and more.
The Africana Studies Community Course lecture series is an outreach component of our program. Sessions are conducted at various locations throughout Spokane with a goal to help educate and interact with the larger Cheney/Spokane community.
Each free session is open to the community, creating a vibrant atmosphere of interconnectivity and critical thinking.
Due to COVID-19, our Community Connection series has moved online with the Spokane Public Library.
In case you missed the August 2020 event, here is a link to Beyond Afrocentric Essentialism to a Reconstruction of Black Identity with Senior Lecturer and Faculty Commons Director Angela Schwendiman
Students attended a once-a-week class, AAST 496 to get familiarized with the history of America’s post-World War II Civil Rights period.
As a culmination to the course requirements, the entire class goes on a Deep South Civil Rights Tour during Spring Break to the major Civil Rights landmarks. By journeying over 1,000 miles in seven days through five states and 22 stops, students experienced eyewitness testimonies of the fight for racial equality. The course throughout involved daily journaling and led up to several class presentations.
Cost: To be determined. Students will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $150 required as a down payment. Airfare, hotels, all ground transportation, meals, and museum fees will be included in one bundled price.
Who: 20 students will be selected after a panel review based on submission of application and essay.
Course: AAST 496 – 1,000 Mile Civil Rights Tour, conducted by faculty members Angela Schwendiman, Nkera Osombi, and Scott Finnie
Five credits, meeting once a week during the quarter, culminating in a seven-day experiential learning tour of the Deep South’s Civil Rights landmarks and museums in the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Montgomery, AL; New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Memphis, TN; and Birmingham, AL.