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Black History Month 2021

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Celebrating Black History Month

The school is honored to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of virtual events including discussions, museum visits, and film screenings, presented by the SAIS Diversity Council (SDC) Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) and Black Student Union (BSU).

Black History Month Trivia 

Every Monday in February 

The Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) will be posting a weekly trivia questionnaire on the Blueser related to Black history in the US. Students who answer all the questions right by the end of the month will be awarded a gift-card to shop at a Black-owned store in the DC-area.

Open to the SAIS Community only

Showing up for Racial Justice in DC

Monday, February 1 | 12:00 p.m. ET

The SAIS Black Student Union invites current students to attend a conversation with the founders of two social advocacy organizations, Better to Speak and Fuel the People, to learn about how to get involved in the Washington DC local community. 

Open to the SAIS Community only


Race and Empire Lecture with Professor Gleijeses (Part One)

Monday, February 1 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET

In recognition of Black History Month, Johns Hopkins SAIS Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, Piero Gleijeses, has invited the school's community to join two lectures from his Spring 2021 course, “Race and Empire: The United States from Independence Through WWII." 

This course explores how the idea of Manifest Destiny and the institution of slavery opens a window in understanding the powerful influence racism has had on the formulation of US foreign policy. 

Lecture Theme: Independence
The lecture will discuss the role of enslaved Black Americans during the push for US independence. Professor Gleijeses will also detail the perspectives of Jefferson and Washington on the problem of slavery.

Organized by the Student Diversity Coalition (SDC). Open to the SAIS community 


The Economic Cost of Racism

Thursday, February 11 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Join the SAIS Black Student Union for a roundtable talk on the economic cost of racism with Johns Hopkins SAIS Alumnus Joesph Losavio '15, who will discuss his work at the World Economic Forum. 

Open to the SAIS Community only


Black History Month & International Relations Trivia

Friday, February 12  | 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council for a Black History trivia night! Prizes include books from black authors. 

Open to the SAIS Community only


Race and Empire Lecture with Professor Gleijeses (Part Two)

Monday, February 15 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET

The second lecture of Professor Piero Gleijeses' Spring 2021 course “Race and Empire: The United States from Independence Through WWII." 

Lecture Theme: Jefferson and Madison

The lecture will explore the connection between Haiti's resistance to Napoleon and the Louisiana Purchase, and will also dive into Black Americans' role in the War of 1812.

Organized by the Student Diversity Coalition (SDC). Open to the SAIS community 


W.E.B. Dubois Lecture with Dr. Darrick Hamilton

Thursday, February 18 | 12:30 p.m. ET

Join the Black Student Union for its inaugural W.E.B DuBois lecture with Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School.

Open to the public


Race, Positionality, and Culture

Friday, February 19 | 9:30-11:00 a.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council for a presentation by Dr. Shawntay Stocks, Assistant Director Engaged Scholarship at the Johns Hopkins Center for Social Concern. In the workshop, participants will explore their personal and social identities as they relate to power and privilege. 

Open to the SAIS Community only


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace 

Friday, February 19 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Global Careers, the Student Diversity Coalition and the SAIS Diversity Council invite current students to attend a presentation by Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International. Learn from Marriott - a leader in DEI workplace engagement, and find out how to advocate for DEI principles and programming with your future employers. 

Students should sign up through Handshake while other members of the SAIS Community can email to register.

SAIS Europe 66th Anniversary - Will US Race Relations Improve under President Biden?

Monday, February 22 | 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET

Join us for a discussion with Johns Hopkins SAIS Alumna Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley on the outlook for race relations under the Biden Administration. 

The event is hosted by Michael G. Plummer, Director of SAIS Europe and Eni Professor of International Economics.

Open to the public


DCPS Passport to International Relations Seminar

Wednesday, February 24 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council for its third annual International Relations seminar with Johns Hopkins SAIS Alumna Kim Stalnaker and her 10th-11th graders from McKinley Technological High School in Northeast, DC. Students will gain foundation in international relations through the lens of chocolate production and trade, and meet with SAIS students from the Student Diversity Coalition and Black Student Union to learn more about their career paths. 

Open to invited guests only

Virtual Museum Tour: Caravans of Gold, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Friday, February 26 | 12:00 p.m. ET

Join the SAIS Diversity Council (SDC) as we celebrate Black and African history and achievement in a docent-led virtual tour of Caravans of Gold, an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

African History is truly a world history. Gold from West Africa was the engine that drove the movement of things, people, and ideas across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East in an interconnected medieval world. As the incredible works in this exhibition show, it is not possible to understand the emergence of the early modern world without this West African story.

Caravans of Gold calls on what archaeologists have termed “the archaeological imagination”—the act of recapturing the past through surviving traces—to present a critical rethinking of the medieval period. Here, rare and precious archaeological fragments are seen side by side, bringing new understanding to complete works of art from the medieval period. The exhibition responds to pressing questions of our time: How can an art museum represent a past that is notable for its absences? How can museums make sense of a material legacy that exists only in fragments? What role does imagination play in resurrecting the past?

Open to the public