Events & Series

Each academic year, the Griot Institute offers the Bucknell community an event series that focuses on a question or issue of concern central to Africana Studies.

An academic course is offered to students in conjunction with the series, which seeks to explore and examine the various questions of concern to Africana Studies interdisciplinarily in terms of their historical and contemporary resonance and significance. The series interrogates these questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives and employs the expertise and artistry of guest lecturers and performers in order to navigate their intellectual nuances and moral and ethical dimensions.

Most events are followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing by the guest lecturer or artist. The series is open to the University community and the general public.

Griot Institute Opening Event

Noon–2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019

Science Quad

The Griot Institute celebrates the beginning of the new academic year and welcomes first-year students at an annual opening event.

The opening event will feature the ​Soul in Motion African Dance and Drum Ensemble​​, as well as the Bisonettes.​​

Food will be provided, and this will be a great opportunity to learn about Griot Institute events happening in 2019 and 2020.

Recent Lecture & Performance Series Events

Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives and Cultures


Hildreth-Mirza Hall, Second Floor