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Black History Month 2018

February 2018

The Johns Hopkins SAIS community participated in a month-long series of events on the Washington, DC campus celebrating African American culture and history in the United States. Events for the public and for students, staff, and faculty included:


A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice, February 13, 2018

Former White House National Security Advisor and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice shared her perspectives on the most pressing national security concerns of the US, the Pentagon's National Defense Strategy, and career advice for young professionals considering working in international relations. 



Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History, February 15, 2018

Howard University professor and historian Ana Lucio Araujo shared insights from her recent book about the legacy of slavery in the Americas and its continued social and economic impacts. 


The Ties that Bind: The Church, Identity, Activism, & Community in the African American Experience, throughout February

A special exhibit for The Big Picture, a forum of the Foreign Policy Institute dedicated to exploring international relations through arts and culture. The exhibit explores the African American experience in the United States through a collection of documentary photography, oil paintings, and artwork that incorporated weaving and textiles to address issues of identity and belonging.


Performance by the Howard University Step Team, February 2, 2018

Howard University's internationally-renowned step team visited the school for a discussion on the tradition of dance in African American culture. Following an impressive performance, the team joined Johns Hopkins SAIS students and faculty for a happy hour reception and networking. 



Movie Night Series, throughout February

The school's Diversity Committee hosted weekly screenings of popular films to explore the civil rights movement in the United States and discuss the movement's continuing impact on society, policy, and connections to broader questions of global human rights. Students had the opportunity to view Loving (2016), Detroit (2017), Marshall (2017), and Hidden Figures (2016).