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Welcome Message from Dr. Joseph Jewell, Department Head

Black Studies is essential training for living and working in the 21st Century. The Department of Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is at the cutting edge of research and teaching about today’s most pressing issues:

  • global protests to save Black lives
  • mass incarceration
  • health disparities in the age of COVID-19
  • school-to-prison pipeline
  • slavery and reparations
  • Black arts and performance
  • queer Black life
  • immigrants and refugees
  • Blackness in the media
  • teaching Black history
  • Black communities and politics
  • feminist leadership and legacies

We focus on the history, culture and politics of African-descended people in the Americas and around the globe in the quest for a more just and equitable world. Join Us!

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Jan 16 2023
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Applications Open: Grace Holt Memorial Award & BLST Departmental Award

1/16/23, 12:00 am–3/27/23, 12:00 pm
Feb 7 2023
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Talkback Tuesday Series Spring 23

2/7/23, 11:00 am–4/4/23, 12:30 pm Central Time
Join on ZOOM (links provided below)
Mar 10 2023
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BLST Friday Luncheons: High on the Hog

Friday 10th, 12:00 am–Friday 31st, 2:00 pm Central Standard Time
1250 UH
Apr 4 2023
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The conversation was always in the kitchen: stories of Black women working as cooks in Brazil - Dr. Taís de Sant'Ann Machado

Tuesday, 11:00 pm–12:30 pm Central Time
Apr 18 2023
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2023 Grace Holt Lecture: Foodways and Food Justice in the African Diaspora Featuring Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson

Tuesday, 3:30 pm–6:00 pm CT
Student Center East (SCE) room 302