Annual Lecture and Performance 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 Spring Series 2021

Artists, Agitators & Visionaries — Chronicling Our Stories

This academic year, The Griot Institute is celebrating its 10th year anniversary! The theme for this year's Spring Series is Artists, Agitators & Visionaries — Chronicling Our Stories, which seeks to promote the narrativity of artistic, political and historical expression as a means of better understanding and recording history. Many of the events in the fall semester are in anticipation of the speakers featured during the spring, so we invite you to check out some of the upcoming events in preparation for The Griot's Spring Series.

Recent Lecture and Performance Series Events

See available recordings

To access a Griot Spring Series video or audio recording you will be asked to log in with your Bucknell credentials. If you are interested in seeing a video, but do not have Bucknell credentials, please email with your request.

Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures


Hildreth-Mirza Hall, Second Floor