Spring 2023


Monday, March 27,  5:30-7:00pm

via Zoom 

Discussing Mental Health, Imposter Phenomena, and Graduate School with S. Brooke Vick, Ph.D.  

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Past Events

Tuesday, March 7th,  5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Zoom Link: https://muhlenberg.zoom.us/j/95440748401?pwd=ejk4UUdsWU55WDlYZThaRTlqWHZndz09  

The Graduate School Preparatory Program and the Africana Studies Program Present:

A Conversation with Dr. Elia Hefner, Founder of “Black Girl, STEM World”

Event Co-Facilitators: Dr. Giancarlo Cudara (Co-Director, Graduate School Preparatory Program) and Dr. Emanuela Kucik (Co-Director, Graduate School Preparatory Program; Director, Africana Studies Program)

Dr. Elia Hefner is a biochemist, educator, and student advocate. Her passion for chemistry began in high school, which spurred her decision to attend Muhlenberg College and major in biochemistry. While at Muhlenberg, Elia worked hard to facilitate open, constructive conversations regarding race and class for the campus community. Dr. Keri Colabroy was her faculty advisor, and Dr. Amy Hark was her research advisor while she was at Muhlenberg.

Dr. Hefner completed her graduate studies in biological chemistry at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she was an active member in Black Scholars and Professionals, Students of Color of Rackham, and the Association of Multicultural Scientists. During her time at the University of Michigan, she was a Rackham Merit Fellow and awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Pre-doctoral National Research Service Award.

Dr. Elia Hefner is currently part of the teaching faculty at Michigan State University in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department. She is also an entrepreneur, offering workshops for high school, college, and graduate students to help them create rich, fruitful, empowering academic experiences.

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Monday, Feb. 27,  5:30-7:00pm

via Zoom 

Learning from Agents of Change: A Panel with Black Activists 

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Friday, Feb. 24,  4:00pm

Civic Theatre of Allentown

Film Screening

Neptune Frost  with post-film discussion by Ingrid Raphaël

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Wednesday, Feb. 16,  7:00-8:30pm

Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

Black History Month Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ruha Benjamin discusses Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want

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Wednesday, December 7,  5:30 - 7:00pm

via Zoom

Black Women's Reproductive Rights Around the World

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Wednesday, November 16 ,  6:00 - 7:30pm

via Zoom

P.I.E. Performance, Image, and Exposure: The Formula for Success

A Presentation and Q & A with Jeanne Wood, MBA

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Friday, October 21,  2:00 - 3:30pm

Moyer 209

Africana Studies Open House


Monday, October 3,  5:30-7:00pm

Seegers Event Space

Interracial Solidarity and Erasures: Latinx Identity and Its Intersections

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Contact Information
Emanuela Kucik
Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
Associate Director
Connie Wolfe
Associate Professor of Psychology