Follow The Drinking Gourd: Healing In Africana Communities

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This keynote event provides a space for dialogue about healing in Africana communities. Rashida Bumbray, a Brooklyn-based curator and choreographer, and Senior Program Manager of the Arts Exchange at Open Society Foundations is the featured keynote guest.

Ms. Bumbray’s talk titled “The Value of Black Spaces” includes an abbreviated screening of Black America Again (with Common, Stevie Wonder, and Rashida Bumbray and the Dance Diaspora Collective). Ms. Bumbray will discuss her participation in Black America Again as an effort to cultivate healing in Freddie Gray’s community in Baltimore and beyond. At the keynote event, Ms. Bumbray will also perform “Untitled (Red),” and there will be a panel discussion and student reading.

African American Studies Department presents Black Solidarity Day: Post Obama: How do we lead?

Black Solidarity Day-10-26-16

Speaker: Reverend Shareka Newton

Born & raised in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, Reverend Shareka Newton was reared by her maternal grandmother Priscilla Barnes-Davis. Mrs. Davis instilled a sense of faith & community into Shareka while encouraging her to be inquisitive & to formulate her own ideas. The idea that both God & attending church were important was further developed and eventually grew and flourished through her years growing up at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Rev. Newton attended A. Philip Randolph Campus H.S. in Harlem, NY. She continued her education at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where in 2003, she received her B.A. in English. Rev. Newton accepted her call to ministry in the spring of her senior year at Spelman & was licensed to preach & teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in fall 2004. May 2008, she received her Master of Divinity Degree from Drew University Theological School. Rev. Newton did her field education experience at St. James A.M.E in Newark, NJ. She was ordained on December 13th of 2008 & currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The Academic Ecosystems of CUNY Students: “As long as I could sit, I’ll study”


When: January 22, 2015 @ 9:30 – 10:30am

Where: Amphitheater Auditorium

All Welcome.


As commuter students, our CUNY undergraduates are constantly on the move, and they may find themselves studying as much off-campus as on. With the complexities of their college, family, work, and personal lives, our students must employ various strategies to find time and space just to be students: from scouting out book-filled, distraction-free libraries; to coping with the time and crowding of urban commuting; to negotiating with family over shared space and technology at home. The constraints that our students are under may not be visible to us as faculty, administrators, and staff, yet they may greatly affect student engagement in their academic work.


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Mariana Regalado

Mariana Regalado is associate professor at Brooklyn College. As the head of reference at the Library she assists students to become smart, curious, and confident information seekers.  Her areas of interest include information literacy, student research habits, research skills, European anthropology, and carnival. Her academic background includes both an MA in anthropology and an MLS, which are brought together in her current research with Maura Smale: a multi-year, multi-campus study of the daily experience of undergraduates as students at the City University of New York. She has published scholarly articles and book chapters, and is also a frequent speaker in conferences, seminars and symposiums.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Maura A. Smale

Maura A. Smale is associate professor and Chief Librarian at New York City College of Technology. Her library background is in information literacy and instruction, and she has a PhD in anthropology as well as an MLIS. She was a Co-PI for the U.S. Department of Education Title V grant-funded project A Living Laboratory, which developed the City Tech OpenLab, an open digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration. With Mariana Regalado she is engaged in an ethnographic study of the scholarly habits and academic culture of undergraduates at the City University of New York. Her other research interests include game-based learning, open access publishing and scholarly communications, and critical information literacy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]