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Deborah Willis


Joan Morgan

Program Director

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IAAA’s mission continues to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond with a commitment to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies.

The CBVC, is a space for scholarly and artistic inquiry (framing and reframing) into the understanding and exploration of images focusing on black people globally with critical evaluation of images in multiple realms of culture, including how various archives and the development of visual technologies affect the construction of representations.







Hours of Content




Who We Are

    The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) and Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University are both interdisciplinary spaces for students, faculty, post-doc fellows, artists, scholars and the general public.

    The goals of IAAA & CBVC converge to promote and encourage collaborative research projects, experimental learning and open spaces to the larger community for broad and thematic discussions through various, diverse and dynamic public programming and initiatives by way of conferences, lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, readings, performances, visiting scholars, artist residencies and publications.

    Schedule Of Events

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    Fall 2022 Highlights

    Comrade Sisters | In a Time of Panthers – a Double Book Talk + Signing

    DATE: Monday, October 24th, 2022

    LOCATION: WNYC’s The GreeneSpace – 44 Charlton Street New York, NY 10014

    Between the Lines: Rest is Resistance by Tricia Hersey

    DATE: Tuesday, October 12, 2022

    LOCATION: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10030

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