October 3, 2017 (All day) to October 4, 2017 (All day)

Black Futures: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Renee Gladman, John Keene, & Val Jeanty

Featuring writers Renee Gladman and John Keene; writer, vocalist and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs; and "Afro-Electronica" composer/percusionist/turntablist Val Jeanty. Thanks to our community partner, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, and to support from the Charles Crow Foundation.
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November 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

Black Futures: Mosley, Doyle, Harris, Kearney, and Wilson | Poets Honor Thaddeus Mosley

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January 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

Black Futures: Fred Moten and Latoya Ruby Frazier | A Reading, Lecture, and Conversation

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March 1, 2018 - 7:30pm

Black Futures: Carl Phillips and Laylah Ali | A Reading, Lecture, and Conversation

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Past Center Events

June 17, 2017 (All day) to June 18, 2017 (All day)
Six dynamic young poets come together to present their work as part of the next generation of black poetry.

The Next Generation of Black Poets: Cave Canem Fellows and Friends

Six dynamic young poets come together to present their work as part of a next generation of black poetry. Read more »
April 11, 2017 - 8:15pm to April 12, 2017 - 10:00pm

Alt(e)ar: A Multimedia Installation & Performance

New York based visual artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi and California based interdisciplinary artist Kiki Williams team up for two showings. Read more »
April 4, 2017 - 6:30pm to April 5, 2017 - 8:30pm

Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving

Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving will feature the internationally acclaimed poet M. NourbeSe Philip; Sonya Posmentier, Assistant Professor of English at NYU; and Ibrahima Seck, academic director of the Whitney Plantation, a “site of memory” focused on the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked there. Thanks to the Race, Poetics, Empire focal area of the English Department and our community partner, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Read more »
March 2, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

On Beauty: Place, Blackness, and Being | Tonya M. Foster and Mabel O. Wilson

Poet Tonya Foster and architect Mabel Wilson will forward their conversation about place, memory, politics, and blackness. Read more »
February 16, 2017 - 1:30pm

Aster(ix) Presents Through a Different Lens: Lecture by Maaza Mengiste

"And this is where I am today, wondering about the writer’s role when there seems there is nothing we can say to change anything. What I have begun to think: that before the word comes the image, that before we describe, we must first be willing to look. We must stare, then verbalize, then reclaim. We learn to comprehend what is in front of us by writing, by re-creating in such a way that we urge others not to turn aside.”—Maaza Mengiste, "What Is The Writer’s Place In A Violent World?" Read more »
February 6, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Erasing Basquiat: Lecture by Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell is a poet, scholar, and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Read more »
January 24, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Autobio(myth)ography & Collaboration

Join us for an interactive poetry workshop facilitated by CAAPP Assistant Director Lauren Russell. Read more »
December 8, 2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Post-Election Teach-In

How do we move forward? What is at stake? Come to the teach-in: discuss, practice, participate and get oriented toward action. Read more »
November 30, 2016 - 6:30pm to December 1, 2016 - 8:30pm

Why Does Black Art Matter Now?

Visual artist Lorna Simpson, poet Robin Coste Lewis, and architects Mitch McEwen, Imani Day, and Mario Gooden will come to Pittsburgh for an interdisciplinary arts symposium focused on contemporary black arts. Read more »
November 9, 2016 - 6:30pm to November 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

Black Poets Speak Out

We will host Black Poets Speak Out organizers Jericho Brown, Mahogany Browne, and Amanda Johnston November 9th and 10th. Read more »