Upcoming CAS Events

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FY '25

A great deal of thanks to all who joined us throughout the year for FY '24 events!  You are appreciated.

Please check back in August 2024 for upcoming CAS Events.

Returning again in FY '25 will be the Book Club, Lecture Series, & Festival.  Please be on the lookout for new events that will be added to both the Fall & Spring Calendar once events are confirmed.

Looking forward to seeing you in FY '25!



African Union Logo

26th Annual Southeast Model African Union Student Conference

Every year, the University System of Georgia Africa Council organizes a simulation of the annual meeting of Heads of State of the African Union (AU). The simulation, which takes the form of a three day conference hosted by one of the universities/colleges in the System, is known as SEMAU or the Southeast Model African Union.

Who is hosting SEMAU this year?
Kennesaw State University is proud to host this year's Southeast Model African Union.

When is SEMAU?
November 9 - 11, 2023

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2019 Southeast Model African Union (SEMAU)

Every year, the University System of Georgia Africa Council organizes a simulation of the annual meeting of Heads of State of the African Union (AU). The simulation, which takes the form of a three day conference hosted by one of the universities/colleges in the System, is known as SEMAU or the Southeastern Model of the African Union.

Conference Site

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Past CAS Events

2023 & 2024


"Celebrating The Ties That Bind" Annual Cultural Festival

Join us this year  as we celebrate and honor the cultural connections between Africa & the Diaspora. FREE authentic African & southern cuisine, fashion, music, dance & vendors providing a wide variety of goods & services available for purchase!

Performing this year:  Soul Food Cypher, & southsidepoet. Fashion show featuring KSU staff & students!

Featuring DJ Rasyrious

We hope to see you there! 

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024, 11am-4pm

Location: Carmichael Student Center University Rooms


Year of Senegal Keynote Address, Q&A, & Panel Discussion

Dr. Souleymanr Bachir Diagne, Columbia University, will present a keynote address titled, "Senegal, a tradition of Sufism," followed by a Q&A.

Panel discussion, "Muslim Brotherhoods in Senegal" will feature, Drs. Diagne, Laura Cochrane, Central Michigan University, and Beth Buggenhagen, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 11am-1:00pm.

Location:  Prillaman Hall, HS 2204.


Year of Senegal Lecture Series, T.I.E.

As part of the Year of Senegal programming, and in honor of Women’s History Month, the Center for Africana Studies presents Senegalese artist, singer, poetess, songwriter and music producer, T.I.E. focusing on her research in experiential discovery questioning the function of the notion of gender in the balance of power in society, and Senegalese art and culture.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 11am - 12:15pm.

Location: Burrus Building, BB380


Afro Diaspora Reunion

Come and join an event that will showcase an important part of the Black experience from both historical and cultural perspectives while developing a greater sense of awareness and understanding.

Sponsored by the French Club, the Center for Africana Studies, Engagement & Belonging, and Black Studies.

Date:  Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 7pm - 9pm.

Location:  Carmichael Student Center, UV Rooms.


Year of Senegal Black History Month Series

Join us for a discussion on the importance of ideas across disciplines & cultures featuring:

Dasha Chapman (Dance), Kadian Callahan (Math), Trina Queen (Science, Tech, & Society), Seneca Vaught (Black Studies), Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson (French)

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 3:30pm

Location: Social Sciences Bldg, Room 1019

Sponsored by: Black Studies Program, Global Education’s Year of Senegal, Center for Africana Studies


Center for Africana Studies Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Jason Mueller, Assistant Professor of Sociology, KSU

Topic: "With friends like this, who needs enemies? US 'humanitarianism' in Somalia."

Date: Tuesday February 27, 2024

Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm

Location: English Building 182


In Celebration of the Year of Senegal, this year's book club selection is "Brotherhood," by Senegalese writer, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr

“Written with maturity and unmatched sensitivity and empathy, Brotherhood explores many aspects of life under the Islamic fundamentalist regime. This book is multilayered, told in two parallel narratives: one told through the letters of grieving mothers and second one told through the story of a group of friends who stand up to the barbarism of the Brotherhood through publishing the journal condemning the crimes of the group. 

Book Club Discussion - Friday, February 16, 2024, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. 

This will be a hybrid event.  In-person option, ALC Bldg, Room 4201.  Teams link will be sent to all participants.

Student Competition

Cancelled- Community & Culture Student Competition

Students can submit their original works to show their authentic expression of the Black Experience.  

Competition is open from October 1, 2023 through January 29, 2024.  

1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place cash prizes will be awarded at the Community Engagement Reception on Monday, February 19th!


CivicGenius, Beyond Conflict: Shared Experiences, Stronger Democracy

Co-sponsored by The Norman J. Radow College of Humanities & Social Sciences School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding & Development; Interdisciplinary Studies Department; Department of Criminology & Social Justice; Global Education Center for Africana Studies.

In partnership with Beyond Conflict & Civic Genius, we are bringing the wisdom of Roelf Meyer & Mohammed Bhabha, and putting them in direct conversation with Americans seeking to navigate our nation's own moment of polarization and uncertainty.

October 18, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm


Spate of Coups in Africa: A Panel Discussion

APERO: The African Brown Bag Town Hall at UGA.

In reaction to the high number of attempted coups in Africa over the last three years, the UGA African Studies Institute presents a virtual panel discussion. This special APERO session is co-sponsored by the University System Africa Council (USAC). It will feature faculty panelists from five institutions across the state discussing pertinent issues related to the recent strings of coups in Africa. Some of these have been successful in bringing the military into power in Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Sudan. Featured panelists on the virtual town hall are Dr. Nuru Akinyemi, Kennesaw State University, Dr. Chris Ippolito, Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Levar Smith, Morehouse College, Dr. Cathy Skidmore-Hess, Georgia Southern University, and Dr. Charles Ubah, Georgia College and State University.

Date:  October 11, 2023, 12:30pm

Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/s/95417506553 

2023 Annual Festival

Celebrating The Ties That Bind Annual Festival, 2023

April 27, 2023, Bagwell College of Education 1st Floor Lobby

This year's festival featured FREE African and Southern cuisine, fashion, music, crafts, arts, jewelry, cooking demonstrations, performances, and a variety of Black-owned business! 

Join us next year on April 18th, Kennesaw Campus Student Center, University Rooms for a BIGGER & BETTER EXPERIENCE!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


The House on Diamond Hill book cover

Annual Book Club Discussion

Our annual book club discussion featuring Dr. Tiya Miles', The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story.

Books were free of charge for the first 20 participants attending the discussion. 

Date: February 15, 2023
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

unique african architecture building

Africa Defines Architecture Lecture, Panel Discussion, & Gallery Reception

Lecture & Panel Discussion with Nmadili Oksumabua, The Community Planning & Design Initiative, Africa

Date: February 13, 2023
Time: 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Gallery Reception
Date: February 13, 2023
Time: 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

The Art of African Architecture exhibition was on view from February 13-17, 2023.

women of color in film and television graphic

Women Writers of Color - Film & Television

Dr. Anna Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Screenwriting, Department of English, faculty & student research project presentation, "Women Screenwriters of Color."

Date: February 8, 2023

  • Chief Vann House Historic Site Visit, Chatsworth, Georgia

    "The most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation." 

    Saturday, November 5, 2022 - book club participants explored the site that is the subject of CAS' FY '23 book club discussion. 

    Gateway to Ghana

    Tuesday & Thursday, September 6th & 8th, KSU Study Abroad students discuss the impact of their Summer '22 trip to Ghana. Engaging, enlightening, & intriguing. 

    KSU Welcomes Olivier van Beemen

    On April 4, 2022, author and investigative journalist, Olivier van Beemen, gave a keynote address about his book, "Heineken in Africa." Mr. van Beemen joined KSU faculty with expertise in Africana studies, Dr. Monica Swahn, Dr. Nurudeen Akinyemi, & Dr. Brandon Lundy to discuss artisanal alcohol making in West Africa and of the significant health burden of alcohol misuse and related harms across the African continent

    9th Annual AADS Student Research & Community Engagement Virtual Conference

    Welcome Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs!

    AADS Student Research & Community Engagement Virtual Conference, "Mothers and the Movement."

    Dr. Tubbs joined us for the AADS conference on Thursday, March 24, 2022. 9:00am - 7:45pm. 

    Dialogues on Mothering: Transgressive Politics of Black Moms
    Popular Culture, Karens in Charge
    Racial Politics on Mothering Then & Now - Round-table Discussion.
    Keynote address, 12:00pm-1:30pm, ALC Auditorium, Room 1100 or virtually via AADS YouTube & Facebook.

  • Virtual Book Club Discussion

    The Center for Africana Studies hosted a campus-wide virtual bookclub discussion of:

    Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs, The Three Mothers, Flatiron Books, 2021

    Date: October 20, 2021

    CAS' Lecture Series

    Campus lecture by Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, a Nigerian human rights scholar and activist on "Confronting Inequality to Promote Change:  A Case Study of Women in Nigeria Since Independence."

    Date: October 8, 2021

    Virtual Book Club Discussion

    The Center for Africana Studies held a virtual book club discussion of:

    Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing, Vintage Press, 2017

    Date: March 19, 2021

    Let's Talk with Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither

    A virtual workshop series featuring Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither


    Feb. 23, 2021
    March 2, 2021
    March 17, 2021
    March 30, 2021
    April 14, 2021
    April 17, 2021

    ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute Training Program


    February 26, 2021
    March 12, 2021
    March 26, 2021


    Let's Talk

    CAS' Conversation Series exploring topics of interest to the KSU Community.  Faculty, staff, & students...Let's Talk!

    Date: Oct 9, 2020

    UN-SDG Ambassadors

    Collaboration with CIFAL-Atlanta Developing Sustainable Development Ambassadors.  Sixteen KSU students, undergraduate &  graduate ambassadors, selected for the inaugural program.

    Date: December 5, 2019 - June 30, 2020

    2020 Civil Rights Conference

    "Rethinking Human Rights in Times of Crisis: Local & Global Perspectives of Resilience and Dignity.

    Dates: March 12 - 14, 2020

    Location: KSU


    23rd Annual Southeast Model African Union

    Hosted the 23rd Annual Southeast Model African Union simulation conference.  300+ students from universities across Georgia and one national university participated in the simulation.

    Date: November 7-9, 2019

    ASA Africa Night

    Celebration of cultures of Africa through Visual and Performance Arts.  Co-sponsored with the African Student Association.

    Date: November 8, 2019

    1619-2019 400 Years Commemoration of Africans in America

    Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Old Zion Baptist Church Museum, Marietta

    11:00am-12pm, KSU Student Panel

    Rhapsody's Revenue Dance Ensemble

    5:00pm: 1619 Commemorative Concert featuring FIsk University Jubilee Singers and Dr. Oral Moses

    A Celebration of African American Life, History & Culture

    KSU Student Panel:  "Ghana: From Door of No Return to Year of Return." 

    Tribute to Toni Morrison: Selected readings and discussion of Morrison's Works by Drs. Tony Grooms, Griselda Thomas, Gina Bradley, & Cherif Diop.

    Bunce Island Exhibit Presentation by Dr. Dan Paracka.

    Gumbo Mix: The Food, Music & Art of the African Diaspora featuring - KSU Gospel Choir, North Paulding High School Choir, Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, twelve25 Band, spoken word performances, & Vendor exhibition.

    Date: October 10-12, 2019

    US-Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit

    Collaboration with US-Africa Trade Council.  Participants from across the United States & across Africa.

    Date: September 26-28, 2019

    Marietta Museum of History Civil Rights Project

    Collaboration with the English Department (Prof. Rochelle Cox) and the Marietta Museum of History.  Sponsorship of student research and presentation to the Marietta community "of" and "to" local Civil Rights Icons.

    Date: May 3, 2019


    Welcome Professor Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Georgia Chapter

    Faculty Development Seminar: CAADS-CORED Collaboration: "Building a Community of Respect for Human Dignity."

    Date: April 25, 2019

    CAADS & Gender & Women's Studies Collaboration and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences

    Symposium on "Trauma & Resilience" 

    Keynote lecture and class visits by author, Aminata Forna / Book discussion of Forna's "The Hired Man: A Novel."

    Date: April 25, 2019

    Book Club Discussion

    Aminata Forna's "The Hired Man: A Novel."

    Date: April 15, 2019

    M.A.D.E. (Making a Difference Everywhere)

    Sponsorship of Student Community Engagement

    M.A.D.E. - An alternative spring break of community service and civic engagement in New Orleans.

    Date: March 30 - April 5, 2019

    Faculty Spotlight - Focus on Faculty

    Dr. Oral Moses (Emeritus Professor) Lecture & musical performance, "The Negro Spiritual: Songs of Resistance and Resilience
  • CAS Lecture Series

    Campus lecture by Anthony Grooms on "The Vain Conversations"

    Date: October 29, 2018

    Book Club Discussion

    Dr. Anthony Grooms, "The Vain Conversation: A Novel"

    Date: October 26, 2018

    Faculty Spotlight - Focus on Faculty

    Addressing Intercultural Faith and interfaith discussions in the Classroom.  Keynote lecture: Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Emory University, "Living the Values We Seek to Uphold."

    Date: April 27, 2018

    Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    Award-Winning Film "90 Days," A Film by Nathan Hale Williams & Jennia Fredrique Aponte

    Co-sponsored with the Department of English

    Date: April 10, 2018

    Pan-Africa Week

    Co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the African & African Diaspora Studies program

    • The Art of African Architecture week-long Poster Exhibit and Panel Discussion with area architects. 
    • Campus lecture on Brazilian Women's Movement
    • Uganda Youth Choir Concert
    • African Cultural Night - Visual and Performance Art; Taste of Africa; Fashion Show
    • Film screening and panel discussion

    Date: March 19-22, 2018

    CAS Lecture Series

    "African Women in the Judiciary"  Dr. Josephine J. Dawuni, Howard University, Washington, DC. Co-sponsored with the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and the African & African Diaspora Studies program

    Date: March 1, 2018

    Book Club Discussion

    Michele Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindedness

    Date: February 9, 2018


    Southeast Model African Union Conference

    Georgia Southern University

    CAS Director, Nuru Akinyemi, led fifteen (15) students to the Southeast Model African Union simulation.  The KSU team represented Algeria, Niger, and Sao Tome and Principe, winning several individual and team "outstanding" awards.  Fifteen (15) universities participated in the Southeast Model.

    Date: November 9-11, 2017

    Student Leadership Forum

    African Diaspora Student Leadership Forum:  Haitian Youth Leadership Forum (HYLF), co-sponsored with the Consul General of Haiti in Atlanta.

    The HYLF brought more than 200 participants to campus, including middle and high school students and their parents, employers, career counselors and mentors.  The focus of the HYLF included college and career counseling, job interview role-playing, and leadership training. (225 participants)

    Date: September 23, 2017

    Faculty Development Seminar

    "Interfaith Dialogues"

    Keynote speaker & expert facilitator, Dr. Tania Saeed, University of Lahore, Pakistan.  This seminar focused on interfaith dialogues.

    Date: May 26-27, 2017

    Pan Africa Week

    African Diaspora Student Leadership Forum with student panels and participants from across the university; a poster exhibit; film screening; faculty panel discussion.

    Date: March 20-24, 2017.

    International Model African Union Conference

    Washington, DC

    CAS Director led KSU students to very successful International Model African Union simulation conference, hosted by Howard University, Washington, DC. Seventeen (17) students represented Cameroon, Rwanda and Uganda, winning several individual and team "outstanding" awards.  Over forty (40) universities from across the United States, Canada and Kenya participated in the simulation conference.

    Date: February 23-26, 2017

    Teaching Africa Workshop for Georgia 6th through 12th Grade Teachers

    The Teaching Africa Workshop strategically brings together seasoned experts representing the diverse multidisciplinary nature of African studies - from History, Political Science, Literature, Foreign Languages, Visual & Performance Arts, Anthropology, Geography, Science Education, and Information Technology.  Colleagues spend months deliberating and designing the framework and contents of the curriculum for this workshop with keen awareness of and attention to the Georgia and national performance standards.

    2-1/2 day workshop

    1 PLU