by Rodney Smith, Ph.D. student in African Studies
Dr. Krista Johnson from the Center for African Studies invited Ayana V. Jackson to speak with students from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of African Studies, the College of Fine Arts, and the School of Communications at her Black Feminist Theory course, which is one of the core courses within Howard University's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Ayana also met Dr. Phylicia Rashad (Dean of the College of Fine Arts), Dr. Melonee Harvey (Coordinator of Art History within the Department of Art), the Co-Directors of the Gallery of Art (Kathryn E. Coney-Ali and Raul Ferrera-Balanquet), and Raimi Olakunle Gbadasi of the College of Fine Arts. We thank Dr. Johnson and Dr. Mnyandu for making this happen and Ayana for gracing campus with her presence. Two courses at Howard University this year in different schools (COAS & College of Fine Arts) included Ayana Jackson's works into their courses, so this is a great example of bringing art to the classroom in interdisciplinary ways.