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JULY 1993 – Institute for Research in African-American Studies established by Dr. Manning Marable

FALL – 1994
IRAAS First Journal
Our first journal, Race and Reason, was started in fall 1994. Produced annually for four years, Race and Reason highlighted the various activities of the Institute and presented contemporary research in the field of African-American Studies.

JANUARY 1999
The Institute initiated a far more ambitious publication project, Souls, a quarterly interdisciplinary journal that maps the broad boundaries of scholarship and intellectual debates in the contemporary Black experience: the current studies in recent Black history, politics, socioeconomic research, social theory, and culture. Produced in the spirit of the intellectual activism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Souls presents creative and challenging interpretations of the key issues now being confronted by scholars of modern Black America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Under the editorial direction of Manning Marable and managing editor Cheryll Y. Greene, a veteran book and magazine publishing professional, the journal brings together traditional scholars and representatives of public and private institutions, to engage in critical conversations about the meaning and reality of Black life in the United States and beyond. The editorial advisory board consists of Dennis Brutus, Johnnetta B. Cole, George Frederickson, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Sonia Sanchez, Cornel West, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee.

OCTOBER 8 – 9 1993
IRAAS First Conference – “Politics and Theory in the Black World Project: Dialogue on Politics and Theory in the Black World”

NOVEMBER 2, 1994
IRAAS First Conversation
Conversations Series @ IRAAS
Speaker:  Curtis Stokes, Michigan State University
Presentation:  “The Crisis in African-American Leadership”

NOVEMBER 30, 1993
IRAAS First Public Dialogue
Public Dialogue Featuring bell hooks, author, activist, and Professor of Women’s Studies, Oberlin College

JUNE 3-11, 1997
African American Delegation to Cuba,
In June 1997, IRAAS sponsored a delegation of African American scholars and writers on a nine-day research mission to Cuba. The goal of the delegation was to engage in a critical exchange between Black Americans and representatives of Cuban cultural, academic and governmental institutions. There were four major themes of concern which the delegation addressed: the changing role of race and the status of Afro-Cubans within society: issues of gender and the status of Cuban women; the socioeconomic impact of market-oriented policies and the growth of private investment; and debates about human rights, political pluralism; and the future role of the Cuban Communist Party.

SEPTEMBER 22, 1998
First Public Lecture with a Head of State
Speaker: Her Excellency Janet Jagan, President of Guyana
Presentation: “New and Restored Democracies: The Guyana Experience”

FALL 1999
Master of Arts Program Started

SUMMER 2001
Malcolm X Project - IRAAS Launched the Malcolm X Project in 2001
The project principally includes the development of a Web-based, critically annotated, multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It will provide interactive electronic presentations of Malcolm X’s writings, historical documents, and speeches; audio and video clips and images of Malcolm X and his times; and interviews with historians of the period. The Malcolm X – Dr. Betty Shabazz Oral History Project component will record interviews with family and colleagues of Malcolm X, as well as civil rights, labor, business, and community leaders whom he impacted. An annual symposium will be held at Columbia University, bringing together international scholars, writers, and artists to celebrate and examine Malcolm X’s life and contemporary legacy. In collaboration with the project,

FALL – 2003
First Center in IRAAS Established
Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH)
The Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH) promotes the critical study of black history, culture, and politics within urban America since 1900, with an emphasis on understanding the central role of black intellectuals and public leaders in the making of modern society. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the Center utilizes the educational and research tools of both traditional disciplines and new media technology to organize and enrich the study of Contemporary black American History.  

CCBH housed three initiatives: (1) the Malcolm X Project, which is currently developing a Multimedia Study Environment version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X; (2) the Africana Criminal Justice Project, examining crime and justice in black intellectual and social history, and addressing the impact of mass incarceration on black civic capacity and participation; and (3) Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, published quarterly with Taylor and Francis Publishers.

APRIL 2003
IRAAS CONFERENCE – “Africana Studies against Criminal Injustice”

JULY 1, 2003
Farah Jasmine Griffin, 2nd Director of IRAAS

OCTOBER 2 – 3, 2003
IRAAS 10th Anniversary Conference – “Rethinking Black Studies – Beyond the Boundaries Making New Connections”

OCTOBER 22 – 23, 2004
IRAAS CONFERENCE – “Black Presence in the Ivy League”

JULY 1, 2006
Steven Gregory, 3rd Director of IRAAS

JULY 1, 2008
Farah Griffin, 4th Director of IRAAS

JULY 1, 2009
Fred Harris, 5th Director of IRAAS

APRIL 28, 2010
Second Black Faculty Dinner Hosted by IRAAS
Honoring Dean Michelle Moody-Adams & Provost Claude Steele
Mayor Dinkins did the Welcome Address

Spring 2011
IRAAS CONFERENCE – “Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, An International Conference”

APRIL 1, 2011
IRAAS Founding Director Manning Marable (May 13,1950 - April 1, 2011)

APRIL 16, 2012
Dr. Marable’s
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable
Receives Pulitzer Prize

APRIL 26-29, 2012
IRAAS CONFERENCE – “A New Vision of Black Freedom – the Manning Marable Memorial Conference
Reinvigorating Social Theory Redefining Political Struggle”

FALL 2013
IRAAS CONFERENCE – “Challenging Punishment – Race, the People’s Health and the War on Drugs”

JULY 1, 2013
Marcellus Blount and Carl Hart, 6th Co-Directors of IRAAS

NOVEMBER 1, 2013
"IRAAS 20th Anniversary Symposium"

FALL 2013
Second Center in IRAAS Created
Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS)
Director Josef Sorett

JULY 1, 2014
Samuel Roberts, 7th Director of IRAAS  

OCOTOBER 23-24, 2014
IRAAS CONFERENCE – “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality Conference?”

SPRING 2015
Third Center in IRAAS Created
Center for Race, Philosophy and Social Justice
Director, Robert Gooding-Williams

JULY 2015
IRAAS Launches Summer Teachers & Scholars Institute (STSI)