Annual Pan African Studies Forum

Annual Pan-African Studies Forum

Each May the Department of Pan African Studies hosts a Forum. The PAS Forum features guest lectures by world-renowned Black intellectuals, artists, and cultural workers who share their wisdom and life's work with members of the Cal State Los Angeles community. Past guests have included Dr. Melina Abdullah (2019), Yusef Salaam (2018), Nikki Giovanni (2017), Angela Davis (2016), Ava Duvernay (2015), Cornel West (2014), Amiri Baraka (2013), Kathleen Cleaver (2012), Bob Moses (2011), and Isaiah Washington (2010). Below are links to videos of previous Forum events.

50th Year Celebration - PAS Forum (2019)

PAS 50th Flyer

Image: Flyer of PAS 50th Anniversary Celebration.


Dr. Yusef Salaam (2018)

Dr. Yusef Salaam

Image: Flyer of 11th Annual PAS Forum featuring Dr. Yusef Salaam.


Nikki Giovanni (2017)

Nikki Giovanni

Pic: Nikki Giovanni discussing the role of art and poetry in Black social movements. 

Nikki Giovanni Flyer

Image: Flyer of 10th Annual PAS Forum featuring Nikki Giovanni.


Dr. Angela Davis (2016)

Actor Isaiah Washington

Pic: Dr. Angela Davis discussing the importance of prison abolition in the Black Radical Tradition. 

Dr. Angela Davis Flyer

Image: Flyer of Dr. Angela Davis featured at the 9th Annual PAS Forum. 


Ava Duvernay (2015)

Ava Duvernay

Pic: Ava Duvernay and Professor Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabaar in conversation about film and Black culture. 

Ava Duvernay Flyer

Image: Flyer of the 8th Annual PAS Forum with Ava Duvernay.


Dr. Cornel West (2014)

Dr. Cornel West

Pic: Dr. Cornel West dropping knowledge at the PAS Forum.

Dr. Cornel West Flyer

Image: Flyer of Dr. Cornel West's keynote address at the 7th Annual PAS Forum.


Amiri Baraka (2013)

Amiri Baraka

Pic: Amiri Baraka speaking at the 6th Annual PAS Forum. This picture was taken only a few months before his passing. Rest in Power!

2013 African Hip Hop Film Series

The Pan African Studies department, along with the Cross Cultural Centers, hosted an African hip hop films series in 2013 that highlighted hip hop scenes from all over Africa, including Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. Below are links to videos from the film series.

Kama from the Kenyan group Kalamashaka

Pic: Kama from the Kenyan group Kalamashaka talking about hip hop and politics in Kenya

Q & A with Kama of Kalamashaka

Kama performing for students

Photos from the film series

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