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A vibrant place for the study of the African diaspora within the larger academic community.

Upcoming Events

MLK Celebration Luncheon

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Joyce Center, North Dome

Diane Nash will be the keynote speaker at this luncheon. Nash became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in 1959 while a student at Fisk University. By the time she was 22, Nash was a Freedom Rider and had co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She worked closely with Dr. King and played a pivotal role in the Selma Voting Rights Movement.

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"Frank Hayden: A Mid-Century Sculptor between Catholicism and the Civil Rights Movement," Lecture by Dr. Darius A. Spieth, Louisiana State University

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Snite Museum of Art

Professor Darius A. Spieth's research restores attention to the life and work of Frank Hayden (1936-1988). Hayden was a Notre Dame graduate (MFA '59) and a leading African-American mid-century sculptor of the South. The uniqueness of Hayden’s art is defined by his place at the intersection of Catholic faith, the Civil Rights movement, and the combination of modernist aesthetics with solid craftsmanship. Spieth's richly illustrated talk presents a visual overview of Hayden’s most important sculptural works – executed in wood, bronze, and fiberglass – from the key decades of his career, ranging from the late 1950s to the late 1980s. Hayden loved his work to be accessible and to serve the public. Many of his sculptures, including some of the nation's first public monuments to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., can still be found in open spaces and churches in southern Louisiana, as well as in public and private collections.…

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Reparations and Reconciliation at Notre Dame: Opening and Framing the Discussion

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Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

The Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies hosts a panel discussion on reparation and reconciliation at Notre Dame and beyond. The panelists will include diverse speakers from the university and the South Bend community, with ample opportunity for audience participation.The discussion will explore the requirements for reconciliation, such as truth-telling, acknowledgement of harm, and different kinds of reparation.…

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Featured Partners

  • Black Alumni of Notre Dame
  • Center for Social Concerns
  • Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)
  • ILS
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