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400 Years Initiative


Spring 2020 Events:

Update: Due to COVID-19, the keynote with Dr. Robert Bellinger has been postponed. More information is available here. In the meantime, do feel free to take a look at our related resources and reading.

Black History 365 Art Gallery

Opening Reception: February 6, 2020, 6p-8p

Closing Reception: February 20, 2020, 6p-8p

Location: Lunder Arts Center


400 Years: Reparations Dialogue (Virtual)

Date: February 19, 2020

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Virtual Access Link


400 Years Closing Keynote Speaker: Robert Bellinger

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: U-Hall Amphitheatre (2-150)


Fall 2019 Events:

White Privilege Symposium

The symposium will offer keynotes, workshops and performances that are dedicated to understanding racism, its key intersections, how it shows up in our lives, and action that we can take as individuals and as a community.

Date: Friday, October 4 & Saturday, October 5th

Time: Friday 4:30-8pm; Saturday, 8:00am-5pm

Location: South Campus (Registration at Washburn Hall; Workshops at Multiple Locations)


Examining 400 Years

Join us for a moderated conversation on African American history and critical understanding of the legacies of slavery. This conversation is led by Lesley University’s own Dr. Tatiana Cruz and will also feature our two guest speakers from Tufts University, Dr. Kendra Field and Dr. Kerri Greenidge

Date: Monday, November 4
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm

Location: Washburn Auditorium


Afro-Fusion Dance

This presentation will allow attendees to explore contemporary forms of dance and full body expression influenced by African dance, traditions and forms of expression present throughout the African diaspora.

Date: Thursday, December 5

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Washburn Auditorium