A new online speaker series for 2020 to 2021. The goal of this series is to:

  • Listen to Black voices  
  • Foreground cutting edge scholarship
  • Contextualize United States history in an African Diaspora context
  • Highlight the links between academic research and activism

Mitchell S. Jackson - renowned writer and creative writing professor at the University of Chicago

Award-winning and critically acclaimed author Mitchell S. Jackson is a native of Portland, Oregon. Jackson’s work explores his hometown, including the systemic forces that shaped his community, his family, and his early life. That exploration began with a novel titled The Residue Years—a book that announced Jackson as a bright new voice in literary fiction.

Friday, September 25 at 11:00 am

Sponsored by the History Program, Anonymous Donors, School of Writing, Literature and Film and the College of Liberal Arts.


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Youssef Carter: Theological Tensions and Disparate Freedom Dreams in a Black Religious Soundscape

The Cabildos Speaker Series presents a talk by Prof. Youssef Carter. This talk will explore the multiple ways that Black religious symbolism and varying ethical groundings are deployed in both insurgent and assimilative contexts through hiphop music. This talk will comment on questions of capitalist excess, ethnonationalism and migrant politics, racial capitalism, carceral state surveillance and counter-citizenship, all in relation to Black religious politics.

Youssef Carter is Assistant Professor & Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and anonymous donors to the History Program at Oregon State University.

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Austin McCoy: “’Detroit Under STRESS’: Protesting Police Violence in the 1970s and the Present”

This talk will explore the broad-based campaign to abolish the Detroit Police Department’s clandestine “Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets” (STRESS) unit that was responsible for killing more than twenty Black Detroiters in three years. Prof. McCoy will use the anti-STRESS movement to draw connections between organizing against police brutality during the early-1970s, the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement during the Obama Era, and calls to defund and abolish the police in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

Austin McCoy is Assistant Professor in History at Auburn University.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 4 pm

Sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and anonymous donors to the History Program at Oregon State University.

Miguel Valerio: BLM before BLM: Black Resistance in Colonial Latin America

This talk will historicize black self-affirmation and struggle and propose a more hemispheric perspective/approach to thinking about black struggle and self-affirmation.

Miguel Valerio is Assistant Professor of Spanish, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies and anonymous donors to the History Program at Oregon State University.