Building AICRES of Resilience

Building AICRES of Resilience

Building AICRES of Resilience

Presenters:  Dele Olajide, MD, PhD, FRCPsych. FRSA; Magda El Zarki, PhD and Pat Seed PhD

Roundtable discussion with UCI Professors Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Sheron Wray, and the public.


The Africana Institute of Creativity, Recognition, and Elevation (AICRE) kickstarts with Workshop and Performance Series 1, running through the commemorative weekend. Running from January 12th-15th, AICRE is programing an Undoing Racism Workshop®, presented by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), a performance by MBDance, an intimate conversation with Dr. Al Colón, and various themed presentations and roundtable discussions. This interactive learning event brings together students, faculty, and staff into an environment of personal transformation and professional development.

AICRE is an interdisciplinary research entity, which aims to create a dynamic exchange of cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual knowledge between local communities and academia to positively impact the next generation, so that people of African descent can equitably contribute towards a more sustainable society and command respect worldwide.

This inaugural meeting is intentionally intimate, bringing a small group of thinkers and practitioners from across the African Diaspora to draw out the  blueprint of this institute that hopes to redraw conceptions of Africana peoples (continent and in the Diaspora) and their creative outpourings, as much has remained hidden or mislabeled (academically speaking) due to the limits of disciplinary, discrete and Cartesian thinking. The Institute will explore connections  between: the dynamically rhythmic body in motion and brain function; hip hop and Ewe culture; math and Yoruba spirituality; gaming and technology with Pan African folklore and language, music and healing.

Among the group at this gathering is Dr. Dele Olajide, MD Emeritus consultant from The Maudsley Hospital, London; Dr. Sola Adeyemi, Goldsmith's College London; Professor Daniel Avorgbedor, University of Ghana, Legon; UC Irvine’s Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Dr. Sheron Wray; Professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Dr. Aaron Trammell, Professor Pat Seed and Professor Magda El Zarki.

Illuminations, Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative; African American Student Experience Work Group; Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion; Office of Inclusive Excellence Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity; Claire Trevor School of the Arts; School of Social Ecology; Henry Samueli School of Engineering; School of the Social Sciences; School of Law; Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences; School of Physical Sciences; School of Humanities; Humanities Commons; School of Education; University Advancement; Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning; Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; Department of Dance; Department of Drama; Department of Gender and Sexuality; Department of Informatics; Department of Psychology and Social Behavior Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research and JazzXchange.


Event Details

  • When: Monday, January 15, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Brown Bag Lunch)
  • Where: Colloquium Room, Contemporary Arts Center Plaza, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • Organizer: Sheron Wray (email)
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