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Past Center Events

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 »
October 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Comics and the Fotonovela: A Conversation About Hybridity and Adaptation

Poet Yona Harvey and novelist Nelly Rosario will share how poetry and fiction have informed the process of making comics. Read more »
June 19, 2016 - 5:00pm

Celebrating Black Poetry & 20 Years of Cave Canem

Hosted by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh and featuring Tyehimba Jess, Duriel E. Harris, Danez Smith, and Camille Rankine Co-sponsored by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Ace Hotel Pittsburgh Read more »
March 20, 2016 (All day) to March 21, 2016 (All day)

Poetry and Race in America

How the Humanities Engage With Social Problems An interactive workshop, readings, and moderated discussions Read more »