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Exhibit: For Such a Time As This

Sat, April 6th, 2019
3:00 pm
- 4:30 pm

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The Department of Africana Studies and Special Collections invite you to a reception and special walk through of this spring’s exhibit celebrating fifty years of Africana Studies at Williams. The walk through, which will be led by Professor Rhon Manigault-Bryant (curator), will provide a unique perspective through which to consider the complex contours of Black experience at Williams, will offer intimate insights to the exhibits contents, will invite guests to remember and recall pivotal moments in the life of Africana Studies at Williams, and will highlight the cyclical passage of time in the Department’s history, where tides of student, staff, and faculty have had unique impacts upon the study of the Black Diaspora.

During the reception, Alumni guests are invited to video record brief oral histories in the Curtain Room, adjacent to Schow Gallery.

For such a time as this: Fifty years of Africana Studies at Williams College is on view in the Schow Gallery (Sawyer 455) during regular Special Collections hours from January through June. Visitors can access a fuller exhibit description and also access the exhibit brochure. This is one in a series of events commemorating the fifty-year presence of Africana Studies at Williams.

An interdisciplinary field of study that emerged during the 1960s Freedom Movements, Africana Studies expands our knowledge of the vast experiences of people of Africa and the African Diaspora. Commemorating Africana Studies at Williams College is a recognition that, even in the rural hills of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Black Lives have always and continue to matter.


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