CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University’s School of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies announced the lineup for a new live webcast speaker series that seeks to center Black voices in academia.
The next webcast in the donor-sponsored Cabildos Speaker Series is scheduled for Oct. 6 and will feature Youssef Carter, an assistant professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The series aims to show the links between scholarship and activism, contextualize U.S. current events within the broader African Diaspora and support untenured historians and writers. The name of the series refers to the African Diasporic institution of the cabildo. These groups provided health care, festive funerals and a wide range of ethnic and community-building links in the context of colonialism and slavery, from the medieval era to the present day. Cabildos helped politicize African-descent individuals in locations such as Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, and Cuba, fostering insurgency in the 19th century and encouraging communal organization into the 20th century.
About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.