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Womens Studies

Welcome to the Women’s Studies Program at Providence College! The Women’s Studies Program offers students a rigorous interdisciplinary major, minor, and a core focus, drawn from a rich and diverse array of courses taught by an enthusiastic and passionate faculty. Women’s Studies courses place women’s lives, perspectives, and experiences at the center of inquiry, and emphasize race, class, gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ableism as intersecting categories of analysis.

The Women’s Studies Program encourages active learning and critical thinking both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to a well-rounded academic course of study, The Women’s Studies Program supports through co-sponsorship with other departments and programs, and in collaboration with student groups and organizations, a robust schedule of lectures, discussions, panels, screenings, and workshops throughout the academic year. The Women’s Studies Program also encourages student engagement and involvement in local women-centered community organizations with whom we have long-standing relationships and partnerships.

The interdisciplinary framework of the Women’s Studies Program combines easily and constructively with other majors and minors—for instance Women’s Studies students can combine their Women’s Studies majors and minors with majors and minors in Sociology, Political Science, English, Health Policy Management, Black Studies, American Studies, History, Global Studies, Biology, Business, Social Work, Languages, Art and Art History, and Theater, Dance, and Film. Recent graduates in Women’s Studies have gone on to careers and graduate study in fields as diverse as global and national health and health services, science, creative writing and publishing, business, marketing, the non-profit sector, governmental policy, law, philanthropy, counseling and psychology, secondary education, and higher education.

We invite you to peruse our Women’s Studies website to learn more about our major and minor, our course offerings, our recent campus programming, as well as local and national Women’s Studies resources and organizations.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Spring 2018 Events

MONDAY, MARCH 19: 6-9 PM in McPhails:

Women of PC Appreciation Event: In Celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day

Includes a faculty panel; a panel of women student leaders of women, gender, and intersectional-centered advocacy and justice groups on campus; a performance by BOW/Spoken Word; and a performance by ANACLASTIC.

Organized by BOP with participation and publicity support from Women’s Studies and women’s and gender and intersectional justice-centered student groups on campus–including BMSA, Women Empowered, Women Will, and SHEPARD.

We hope to see you there!!! See FLYER ATTACHED.

Women of Appreciation

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 7 PM in Ruane 105, with Free Pizza!

Screening and Discussion (led by Dr. Margaret Manchester) of the film Wonder Women.

Organized by Dr. Manchester of History and Women’s Studies, with co-sponsorship from Women’s Studies, Women Will, and American Studies.

We hope to see you there!!! See FLYER ATTACHED.

Wonder Woman Movie

FRIDAY, MARCH 23: 6:30-8:30 PM; Starts in Slavin Center; Ends in Moore Hall (RESCHEDULED FROM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 DUE TO WEATHER)

March Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Join Us to Stand in Solidarity with the LGBTQ* Community 

Organized by SHEPARD.

We hope to see you there!!! See FLYER ATTACHED!!!

March Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Tuesday, February 20, at 5 PM in the Ruane Great Room

The Women’s Studies Program Enthusiastically Invites You to Join Us for a Talk By Dr. Theresa Walton-Fisette
This Counts as Women’s Studies Event!!
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Wednesday, February 21, 11:30am-1:00pm, Aquinas Lounge

Unequal Coverage: Book Launch and Public Lecture.

Come Out To hear Women’s Studies Affiliated faculty member, Jessica Mulligan, speak about her new co-edited book,  Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States. This Counts as a Women’s Studies Event!!



Wednesday, February 21, 7 PM, Saturday, February 24, 1 PM

The Vagina Monologues (two shows). Organized and performed by PC students. Wednesday, February 21, 7 PM; Saturday, February 24, at 1 PM, at the Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, in Providence. Tickets are 12 dollars for non-students, 8 dollars for students, and can be purchased at the door via cash or check, or at pcvday2018@outlook.com. All proceeds benefit the Sojourner House, a resource and advocacy center for victims of domestic abuse, and the VDay organization, a global movement to end violence against women and girls around the world. Donate to the cause at https://www.gofundme.com/vday2018.  This counts as a Women’s Studies Event.

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Fall 2017 Events

Attention Women’s Studies Community!! Upcoming Reading and Book Signing with Poet Natasha Trethewey!! See Flyer Below. Please Note That This Event Counts as a Women’s Studies Event!!


This event is Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and counts as a WMS Event!

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This counts as a Women’s Studies Program Event!



Take Note! The Black Women and Girls Symposium is coming up soon!

Friday, September 8, Keynote Address at 6:15 PM; Saturday, September 9, Panels All Day! Address and Panels are free and open to the public. See http://bwgsymposium.org/ for registration details and more!



Recent News & Events

2017 Award Winners:

Congratulations to our graduating Women’s Studies award winners, left to right, Molly O’ Leary, Joanna Riccitelli, Victoria Graceffa, and Aoua Coumbassa. And congratulations to ALL of our Women’s Studies graduating seniors!!! You will be greatly missed!! We are so excited for you–please do keep in touch!


Speaking of all of our graduating seniors, here they are, below, in their last official Women’s Studies Capstone course of 2017, with the amazing Dr. Gloria-Jean Masciarotte, the winner of the Providence College 2016-2017 Recognition for Teaching Excellence by Adjunct Faculty Award! Congratulations to Dr. Masciarotte!! The Providence College Women’s Studies Program is beyond lucky to have you on board.


Finally, check out our group photo from our Senior-Faculty Dinner to celebrate all of graduating seniors–go Women’s Studies students of the class of 2017!! The sky is the limit!! We are very proud of each and every one of you, and, again, please do keep in touch!


Monday, April 24, 7 PM, in Guzman Hall Room 250

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This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Monday, April 10th, Ruane Great Room, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Providence College Department of Psychology presents: Dr. Michelle “Mikki” Hebl, Rice University, Professor of Psychology & Professor of Management

Title: “The Power of FeMANists on Influencing Gender Equity”

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Hebl will describe her recent research examining the role that men can play in advancing positive attitudes and behaviors toward gender equity. She will discuss four studies that show a) men are not very persuaded by women who are advancing gender equity, and b) men are more persuaded by other men to feel more favorably about, intend to engage, and actually engage in behaviors that promote equitable outcomes and action.

* Presentation made possible through the generosity of the Krakowski family. *

This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Monday, April 10 at 7 pm, in the Fiondella Great Room

A Talk by Lauren Marino (class of 1989)

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This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Thursday, April 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Balfour Unity Center

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This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Thursday, April 6, Panel Discussion on Sexual Assault 

Organized by the Sociology Club, 7:30 PM; Slavin Overlook Lounge


This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30-11:30 PM, 64 Hall

Take Back the Night

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Tuesday, April 4, 5:00 PM, Slavin 112, (Fishbowl)

Sexual Assault Panel, organized by the Sociology Club

This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Friday, March 31, 2017

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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 4:30pm, MOORE HALL III

The Office of Institutional Diversity at Providence College presents

Beyond Cynicism and Good Intentions:

The Centrality of Anti-Racist Movements in the Struggle for Justice

A lecture and Q&A featuring


Author of Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction and

Assistant Professor of History/University of Florida

This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:30 p.m., Slavin Soft Lounge

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This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Vagina Monologues

Wednesday, February 15 , 7 pm, and Saturday, February 18, 1 pm, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence, RI

This counts as a Women’s Studies Event and this event is independently organized by Providence College students and not officially sponsored by the Providence College Women’s Studies Program.

Thursday, February 2, 4:30 pm, Ruane 105

Thinking Beyond Consent

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Co-Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program. This counts as a Women’s Studies Event.

Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 pm, Fiondella Great Room

Chun Ye.jpgTuesday, December 6, 4:30 PM; ’64 Hall

A Talk By Judy Shepard

Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard, who, at twenty-two years old, was intentionally beaten, tortured, and left to die for being gay on October 12, 1998. Judy Shepard will speak about fighting back against hate crimes and embracing diversity.

Organized and Co-Sponsored by Board of Programmers; Co-Sponsored by Women’s Studies.

This counts as a WMS Event!

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Friday, December 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Smith Center

Motherland Annual Fashion Show

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This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!  Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program.

Thursday, December 1

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These events count as Women’s Studies events and are co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Sociology Department and Shepard.

Wednesday, November 30

AIDS Ribbons & Fact Sheets: (November 30)  This event  will be promoting the events our class is holding for World AIDS Day at a table in Ray. To do this we will be handing out a small sheet of paper with a list of our events happening the following day as well as some quick facts about AIDS. We can provide you with a copy of this handout for approval as well. We will also be handing out red ribbons to spread awareness of World AIDS Day.

Saturday, November 19, 4 PM; ’64 Hall

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Friday, November 18, 5 PM; Moore Hall II

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Thursday, November 17, 4:00 p.m., Ruane 105

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This counts as a WMS Event!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


5:00 – 7:00 p.m, Ruane 206


This counts as a Women’s Studies Event!

Thursday, November 10, 2016 

Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series

Please join the Providence College Department of English for the inaugural reading of the annual Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series.

4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow

The Fiondella Great Room of the Ruane Center for the Humanities


Providence College is deeply grateful to Morton L. Perel, D.D.S., M.Sc.D., for his vision and generosity in establishing the Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series in loving tribute to his spouse, Jane Lunin Perel.

Professor emerita Jane Lunin Perel ’15Hon. arrived to teach English and creative writing at Providence College in 1971. She has stretched students’ creative capacities ever since. She led the initiative to establish the College’s Women’s Studies Program in 1994, serving as its first director, and was devoted to it and the Department of English until her retirement in 2014. She also directed and co-directed the English department’s Poetry and Fiction Series for 40 years. The annual Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series “celebrates a life in which poetry and fiction synthesize the imagination with the Divine.” Joy Harjo, an award-winning poet, has published seven books of poetry, including How We Became Human – New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses. Her awards include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and, in 2015, the Wallace Stevens Award for proven mastery in the art of poetry by the Academy of American Poets. Her most recent publication, For A Girl Becoming, a young adult/coming of age book, was released in 2009. Ms. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. A more detailed biography is available at prov.ly/joy-harjo.

Wednesday, November 2nd 3:00 PM, Ruane LL05. Followed by a reception.

A Talk by Dr. Vickie Langohr

“Feminist Activism During Political Transitions:
Fighting Sexual Harassment in Post-Mubarak Egypt”

Dr. Langohr is an Associate Professor and chair of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross. She is a part of the college’s Middle Eastern Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies programs. Dr. Langohr has published extensively on a variety of topics related to democracy, nationalism, women’s rights and religion in the Middle East.

This counts as a Women’s Studies event!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gender, Equality, and Intersectionality in Black Lives Matter

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Aquinas Lounge

A Faculty Panel and Discussion

Organized by Women Empowered

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program.  This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Black Studies Program presents Beyonce’s “Lemonade” screening and discussion

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Balfour Unity Center

A screening of Beyonce’s Lemonade and discussion on its meaning and significance to it core audience, the African Diasporic woman.
RSVP by October 7th: black.studies@providence.edu

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program. This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

Thursday September 20, 2016

Drop the ‘I’ – Word*

*no human is illegal

Ruane Great Room

6:30 pm

What does the word “Illegal” really mean? Can a human being be illegal? To explore these questions the Providence College community is invited to participate in the “Drop the ‘I’ Word Campaign”, where we seek to discuss, understand, and challenge the use of the word “illegal” and its consequences when describing immigrants in the United States during daily discourses. We hope you join us in this first step of changing perceptions, language and discourse to create a much more welcoming, inclusive environment for all Friars regardless of legal status.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program.  This counts as a Women’s Studies event!

September 12, 4:30 PM, Moore Hall II 

“Teaching Orlando: Homophobia and Islamophobia in Post-Orlando America.”

A talk by Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Visiting Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, at Swarthmore College

September 9, 2016, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Black Women and Girls Symposium: Producers of Knowledge and Agents of Change

Providence College

’64 Hall

Please click on link below for more information.

This counts as a WMS event!

Women’s Studies Co-Sponsored Event with Black Studies Program

Summer Event

The Women’s Studies Program Presents

Our June 2016 Seminar Series

“Transnational Feminisms in a Time of Global Crisis”

With Dr. Aisha Beliso-De Jesús

Wednesday-Friday: June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

10 AM to 3 PM

Lunch Included

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Cultural and social anthropologist, Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, is Associate Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School, where she teaches a graduate course on transnational feminisms. In addition to transnational feminisms, her topical areas of research and teaching include: ethnography of transnational religions; African diaspora religious studies; anthropology of media and the internet; postcolonial and critical theory; anthropology of the Caribbean and Latin America; media, film, and cultural studies; and race, gender, and sexuality.

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2016 Women’s Studies Award Winners!  Left to right, Sara Curtis (double major with Women’s Studies and English) and Kimberly Stephenson (double major with Women’s Studies and Health Policy and Management).

WMS Award Winners
Congratulations to ALL of our class of 2016 Women’s Studies majors and minors, who represent rich interdisciplinarity in and through the fields of Women’s Studies and Sociology, English, Political Science, Psychology, Marketing, Finance, and Health, Policy and Management, respectively. We are very proud of our graduates! They are, in alphabetical order:

Pratima Benjamin, Sara Curtis, Ellie Dorsh, Michelle Ea, Kimberly Lynch, Erinn Miles, Kristal Morfa, Leah Moynihan, Victoria Munger, Rachel Paul, Joelle Pisani, Kimberly Stephenson, Peggy Saanuo, Kathryn Thifault, and Lauren Thorpe.



Recent Events


Thursday, April 28th, 6 to 8pm, 64 Hall
BMSA diversity committee is hosting one more event this semester this Thursday, April 28th. Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of Reverend Abernathy, a member of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle, will be relating a reflection of her father’s stories to modern issues students face in 2016, and we expect this to be an amazing event.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7PM in the Mural Lounge

Please join us on  to “Spread the Light” and spark a conversation to create greater transparency on the issue of sexual violence at Providence College. Through this discussion, we hope to increase awareness to the student body, faculty, and staff on this prevalent issue. Ultimately, we hope to make the Providence College Community a safer environment for us all through this education. There will be a panel as well as a Q/A session. We sincerely encourage all to attend.

Sponsored by The Global Studies Department.

Sunday, April 10th at 4:00 PM, ’64 Hall

Women and Social Change in Africa and the Diaspora

There will be a panel discussion on the theme, Women and Social Change in Africa and the Diaspora. Various African women have been invited who are fighting for equality and women empowerment in Africa today. One of the guest speakers survived through the Liberian Civil War and has started her own NGO which she uses as a means to educate and empower girls and women in Liberia. She is a strong feminist and she has really brought about change in the Liberian community here in Rhode Island and Liberia as well. Another speaker is also a PC alum, she graduated last year and she spent her entire summer and year working to bring about change in Liberia and Africa as a whole. Organized by Motherland Dance Group.

Thursday, March 31st 5:00 PM, Slavin ’64 Hall

Noor Tagouri will be sharing her story as a Muslim journalist in America

Sponsored by Cultural Education and Programming and the BMSA Diversity Committee.

Tuesday, March 29th 5:00 p.m., Ruane Center, Room 205

Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics with Dr. Evelyn Simien

Dr. Evelyn Simien is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her first book, Black Feminist Voices in Politics (SUNY Press, 2006), examined black feminist consciousness and its effect on political behavior using national survey data. Her second book, Gender and Lynching: the Politics of Memory (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), focused on African American women who suffered racial-sexual violence at the hands of lynch mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her third book, Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), considers whether candidates like Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1984 as well as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 mobilize voters through emotional appeals while combating stereotypes and providing more inclusive representation.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Women’s Studies Program, and Black Studies Program.

Tuesday, March 22nd from 4 p.m – 6 p.m., McPhail’s

“Profs, Pints, Poems, and Prose,” will give students and professors the opportunity to come together and read aloud from their own works or the works of their favorite poets and authors.

Sponsored by the Department of English, The Program in Black Studies, The Program in Women’s Studies, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m., Aquinas Lounge

The Civil Rights Movement Initiative

Five Hope High School students and their teacher tell us about their unique study of the Civil Rights Movement and their trip to landmark sites of the Civil Rights Movement!

Last fall Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice developed a unique program for Hope High School seniors called the Civil Rights Movement Initiative. This initiative aims to get high school students to think of the Civil Rights Movement as a bridge to understand the present. The students and their teacher, Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, will talk about the course and the trip they took in January to the South to visit historic Civil Rights Movement sites and museums.

This event is sponsored by The Political Science Department, and co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Black Studies Program, the History Department, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5 p.m., Aquinas Lounge

“Gender, Politics, and the 2016 Election” A Lecture and Q and A with Dr. Wendy Schiller of Brown University

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6 p.m., Slavin Overlook Lounge

A Panel Discussion on Gender and the Workforce Featuring PC Faculty and Administrators with Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Dr. Anthony Rodriguez, Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi, Dr. Abigail Brooks, and Assistant Dean of Students Tiffany Gaffney.

Organized by Women Will.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6 p.m., Moore Hall

A Screening of Documented: A Film By an Undocumented American

Refreshments Provided

Sponsored by:  The Providence College Women’s Rights Coalition, The Office of Institutional Diversity, The Common Reading Program, the departments of English, Sociology, Global Studies, Public and Community Service, History, and the Programs of Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies, Black Studies and American Studies.

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., AL-MAG 137

Conference on Cabo Verdean Women: The first conference on Cabo Verdean women to be held in the United States

Organized by Terza Lima-Neves, a “proud PC alumna,” Class of 2000

Terza Lima-Neves invites you and your students to join us in this important and historic moment for the Cabo Verdean community. This conference will be held at Providence College on Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please visit her website for more information about our rationale, vision, bios of the organizers, and description of the panels. Please register for the conference here. The conference is FREE but registering will help us with seating and catering.

Monday, February 22, 2016, time and location TBD 

The Black Studies and Women’s Studies Programs Presents:

Naomi Zack: “A New Paradigm of Racism: Why Discourse of White Privilege, Justice and Equality Do Not Work”

Monday, February 15, 4:30 p.m., ’64 Hall 

The Black Studies and Women’s Studies Programs Presents:

Kiese Laymon: “A Discussion on Revolutionary Honesty and Truth Telling”

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently an associate professor of English at Vassar College and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2015-16.

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5 p.m., AL-MAG 137

American Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Office of Institutional Diversity present Elizabeth Hoover: Food Sovereignty and Food Justice Through American Indian Community Garden Projects.

Dr. Hoover is an assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies at Brown University. The event is free and open to the entire PC community. With any questions, please email Tuire Valkeakari, interim director of American studies, tvalkeak@providence.edu.

Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m. 

The Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-Winning Play By Eve Ensler

Produced, Directed, and Acted by Providence College Students

All Proceeds From the show go to Sojourner House, Advocacy and Resource Center for Women

Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, Providence RI 02903

Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for non students. Contact vday2016@outlook.com to purchase tickets.

* This is an independent production, organized and produced by Providence College students, and performed off campus in the city of Providence.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, ’64 Hall

Celebrate African American Heritage Month

Black History 101 Mobile Museum, featuring Khalid el-Hakim

Black History 101 “Mobile Museum” (BH101MM) will feature over 150 original, rare African American artifacts. Highlights of this mobile museum include artifacts signed by historic icons, authentic American slave shackles and a bill of sale subjugating an African woman and her children to a lifetime of chattel slavery. Founded by Khalid el-Hakim, former Detroit Public School teacher and current Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois, the BH101MM is a collection of original artifacts of Black memorabilia that dates from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to Hip Hop Culture.

Viewing of Artifacts: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discussion 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.