Black Cultural Center

 

WELCOME TO THE BCC

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center welcomes our new and returning students for the 2017-18 academic year.  We hope this year will be both successful and exciting for our entire Vanderbilt community.  Please come by the Center early and often as your time permits for interesting cultural programming, great food, and fellowship.  Also, visit this site often for programming announcements and updates throughout the year.


BLACK HISTORY AT
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY


Vanderbilt University is rich with the history of African Americans since Joseph Johnson became the first to attend the university.  In addition to the many current events highlighted on this page, please visit the Black History Alumni Spotlight page to learn more about African American students who changed the campus landscape and enhanced Vanderbilt University as one of the top institutions in the world. You may also wish to visit our Celebrating Change website for even more highlights celebrating the legacy of African Americans at Vanderbilt University.

Film Discussion with Raoul Peck
Wednesday, October 18th • 4:10 PM
Sarratt Cinema

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next at the BCC…

The  Callie House Research Center presents

Black Feminist Methods and Methodologies
Working Symposium
Black Girlhood Studies:
History, Performances, and Counter-Narratives”

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20TH • ALL DAY
BISHOP JOHNSON BLACK CULTURAL CENTER

Keynote Speaker
Thadious Davis-University of Pennsylvania
Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English

Participants
Sherell McArthur – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Heidi Lewis – COLORADO COLLEGE
Marcelle Haddix – SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Nazera Wright – UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
LeConte Dill – SUNY DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER
LaKisha Simmons – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Co-sponsored with African American and Diaspora Studies (AADS)

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
8:30AM – 3:00PM

8:30AM – 9:00AM                 Continental Breakfast
9:15AM – 9:30AM                 Opening #blackgirlgaze
9:30AM – 9:45AM                 Introduction
9:45AM – 11:15AM               Panel I
Moderator, Dr. Claudine Taaffe
LeConte Dill, SUNY Downstate Medical
#BlackGirlBe!
Heidi Lewis, Colorado College
The Tarajia Project Then and Now: Black Feminist Reflections on Service to Young Black Women and Girls
Sherell McArthur, University of Georgia
Black Girls and Media Literacy in Three Geographic Locations:
Atlanta, Boston, and Cape Town

11:15AM – 11:45AM              Break

11:45AM – 1:00PM                Keynote Lecture & Working Lunch (First Come, First Served)
Moderator, Dr. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting
Thadious Davis, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
Learning to Swim: Navigating Woke in Academia

1:00PM – 1:15PM                   Break

1:15PM – 2:45PM                   Panel II
Moderator, Dr. Tiffany Patterson
Nazera Wright, University of Kentucky
African American Women Writers and Research Libraries
LaKisha Simmons, University of Michigan
Love, Loss and the Afterlife of Slavery: Narratives of Black Infant Loss in early Twentieth Century U.S.
Marcelle Haddix, Syracuse University
Teacher Education as a Site of (Anti-)Black Woman Violence

2:45PM – 3:00PM                   Closing #blackgirlmagic

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COMMONS/BCC ROLLING SEMINAR
TOUR OF HISTORIC NORTH NASHVILLE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st (Buses depart at 9:30 am)

You are invited to the North Nashville Tour on Saturday, October 21st.
This tour will explore various locations in the North Nashville community and we will have an opportunity to meet with community leaders in the area. Stops will include the Jefferson Street United Merchant Partnership (JUMP), Fisk University and the Jefferson Street, Gateway to Heritage Plaza. In addition to visiting an important community and cultural centers in the Jefferson Street and Hadley Park area, we will learn more about Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College. The tour will end in the Memorial Gym practice gym, with a catered lunch by Swett’s, a local business.

This event is being co-sponsored by The Ingram Commons, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Office of Greek Life and Vanderbilt Athletics. The tour of North Nashville is open to all students, staff, and faculty but space is limited. To sign up, please email me or go to https://goo.gl/forms/smQi6sMHSIGAuEJm1.

Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as a portion of the tour will include walking. Buses will leave from Magnolia Circle, behind the Commons Center at 9:30 am on Saturday. Lunch will conclude, no later than 2:00 pm at Memorial Gym.
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Uncovered Portraits. Identities Discovered
Exhibit on display from
October 17th-November 17th
Monday-Friday • 8AM-5PM


In the decision to confront ourselves we can be free in the act of discovery. These discoveries become our dreams silhouetted against a vast backdrop. These dreams become our realities and our truths.
Lakesha Moore was formally educated in Nashville but calls the Caribbean home.  She earned her M.F.A. with a focus on painting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her M.Ed. in Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University.  As an artist and art educator, she is constantly looking for opportunities to learn and share ideas.  She currently lives in Nashville and is a faculty member in Tennessee State University’s Art Department.   This exhibit will be on display at the Black Cultural Center from October 17th – November 17th from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
For additional information call 615.322.2524 or visit our website at www.vanderbilt.edu/bcc.
At the center of my work are ideas of identity and memory, and how and where the two meet. The two are inseparable and undeniable in the concept of oneself. I am moved by ideas of self-perception, the perception others form about us, and by the individual and collective histories that reflect these influences. The portraits’ direct or indirect gaze speak to the confrontation of the self or confrontation with the other. 
    Lakesha Moore

 

 

 

 

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Click below to view Family Welcome &
Harambee March Video • August 19, 2017

2017 First-Year Harambee March