AAASRC 30th Anniversary Awards Banquet

We are gearing up for AAASRC’s 30th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 6:00 pm at the Atkinson Pavilion of the UCSD Faculty Club. As usual, the Banquet will begin with a meet-and-greet hour starting at 5:00 pm in the courtyard and will then move into the building. The donor link is If you have trouble clicking on the link, you may go to the main Give to UCSD page and enter AAASRC in the Fund Search box and select the fund from the search results.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join us on Zoom (https://ucsd.

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The Banquet will honor the outstanding achievements of African Studies students, faculty, staff, and community members. Tables of eight are $580.00. Support for individual students is $25.00. Early bird tickets are due by Monday, May 20, 2024 at $72.50 a piece.

We look forward to seeing you at this very exciting event.

With all the best,

Signature, Bennetta Jules-Rosette

Bennetta Jules-Rosette
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Director, African and African-American Studies Research Center
University of California, San Diego


Lea Marie Ruiz-Ade
Social Media Chair, AAASRC

AAASRC Invitation

AAASRC Black History Month 2020 Listing of Events

Please join us for AAASRC’s Black History Month 2020 Events:

Thursday, February 13, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
UCSD Social Science Building, #101

The African and African-American Studies Research Center (AAASRC), Professor Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Director presents a roundtable discussion and film screening. Selma is a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is focused on the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Film: 128 minutes, preceded by a roundtable discussion chaired by Provost Ivan Evans, Eleanor Roosevelt College. Light refreshments.

Thursday, February 20, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 
UCSD Social Science Building, #101
Percussionist Gene Perry and his ensemble demonstrate African and Afro-Caribbean drumming and dance styles with audience participation. Refreshments. Children and amateurs welcome. Bring your own percussion instruments if possible. Light refreshments.

Thursday, February 27, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm., UCSD Social Science Building, #101
A lecture by Brittany Birberick, Doctoral Candidate, UC Berkeley
Birberick examines the lottery game of fife, organized and introduced by Chinese migrants in South Africa, as a lens for analyzing urban redevelopment, social, racial, and work relations for its Black residents. Light refreshments.

Film: War Witch & Round Table Discussion 2/15

Join us in celebrating Black History Month 2018 with a film screening of War Witch accompanied by a roundtable discussion Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

This 2012 film, directed by Kim Nguyendeals with the dilemmas of a twelve-year-old girl who is forced to become a child soldier in Congo (DRC). A panel led by Provost Ivan Evans and the AAASRC Board will discuss the film. Running Time For the Film: 90 minutes.

Admission is free and open to the campus community and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

Link to Facebook event here.

Mythologies of the Senegalese Sharpshooters: Cinema, Shell Shock, and the Colonial Experience


This Lecture by Professor Peter Bloom (UC Santa Barbara) and images surrounding the Senegalese Sharpshooters who participated in World War I. It deals with film footage and archival records.

This event is open to the campus community and the general public.

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Welcome to AAASRC

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Statement of Purpose

Our Goal is to facilitate faculty, postgraduate, and graduate research in African and African diaspora studies in the social sciences and the humanities and to foster the comparative, cross-national, and interdisciplinary dimensions of research with a core group of leading scholars.  These research efforts are linked to larger local and international community concerns.  The Center also oversees the undergraduate African Studies Minor.

Upcoming Events

Black History Month 2018

Muhammad Ali and Social Activism

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Thursday, February 1st

Social Science Building, UCSD, Room #101

Mythologies of the Senegalese Sharpshooters: Cinema, Shell Shock, and the Colonial Experience

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Thursday, February 8th

Social Science Building, UCSD, Room #101

Film Screening of “War Witch,” directed by Kim Nguyen, followed by a Panel Discussion Chaired by Provost Ivan Evans

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 15th

Social Science Building, UCSD, Room #101

 Afro-Caribbean Dance & Drumming Workshop with Master Percussionist Gene Perry

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Thursday, February 22nd

Atkinson Pavilion, UCSD Faculty Club


AAASRC is an independent research unit at the University of California, San Diego with a rich, twenty-year history.  Several European and African institutions have established ongoing exchange relationships with the Center most notably, the Centre d’Étude d’Afrique Noire (CÉAN) at the Université de Bordeaux IV, the African Studies Research Center (ARC) at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and the National University of Côte d’Ivoire.  The African and African-American Studies Research Center is an oasis and an international crossroads for students, faculty, and community members interested in Africa, African-American, and multicultural research issues and teaching at UCSD.  We look forward to the upcoming year with enthusiasm and energy.

Bennetta Jules-Rosette
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Director, African and African-American Studies Research Center
University of California, San Diego
fax: 858-534-4753
Mustafa Hawari
Staff Administrative Coordinator
African and African-American Studies Research Center
University of California, San Diego

AAASRC 23rd Annual Awards Banquet

Join us in recognizing students, faculty, and staff from the UCSD community and beyond for their extraordinary contributions and achievements toward African and African-American studies.  The evening will include a three-course dinner and dessert, dance and musical performances, and a keynote lecture by Dr. George Lipsitz, University of California Santa Barbara, on “The Afro-Diasporic Imagination: Decorating the Way to Other Worlds”.

Contact AAASRC at in order to reserve your ticket.  Promotional materials are attached below, including ticket prices and donation categories.