Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Homenagem: Remembering the Life and Work of Abdias Nascimento

Friday, December 4, 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

Reception to follow.

Political thinker, activist, educator, painter, playwright, human rights advocate, untiring warrior in the fight to end racial exclusion in Brazil and elsewhere, Abdias Nascimento (1914-2011) is a towering figure in the Africana world. Join us for a one-day event in which an international group of scholars/observers share their insights into his life, thought, and indelible contributions.

Friday, December 4, 2015

9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Anani Dzidzienyo, Brown University

9:30-10:45am: "Abdias Nascimento: Quilombismo, Pan-Africanism and Afro-Centricity"

Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University

11:00am-12:15pm:  "Diasporic Dialogues and Political Exchanges"

Moderator: Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University

Angela Gilliam, Evergreen State College, "Transformation of the Self in a Time of Chaos: Honoring Abdias Nascimento" 

Ollie Johnson, Wayne State University, "Abdias Nascimento and Brazilian Politics"

Vera Benedito, Universidade Paulista, "Conversations with a Pioneer"

1:45 - 3:00pm: "Enacting Afro-Brazil"

Moderator: Geri Augusto, Brown University

Carlos Alberto Medeiros, Independent Scholar and Translator, "Abdias Nascimento: The Impact of an Afro-Brazilian Leader on the Field of Race Relations in Brazil"

Zachary Morgan, University of New Mexico, "Shaping Afro-Latin America"

Cheryl Sterling, The City College of New York, "The Art and Life of Abdias Nascimento"

3:30-5:00pm: "The Ram's Horns"

Elisa Larkin Nascimento, Director of Ipeafro

5:00-5:15pm: Closing Remarks

Keisha-Khan Perry, Brown University

5:15pm: Closing Reception