Public Programs Calendar

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AFTER DARK | I've Known Rivers at the Exploratorium

Thursday July 3, 2014

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

After Dark: First Thursdays

Thursday July 3, 2014

6:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M.

Location:  Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)

On Thursday July 3, 2014 the Exploratorium features Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), I've Known Rivers: The MoAD Story Project, who will present the Bayview Hunters Point Oral History Project, in the Observatory of the Exploratorium. The presentation will be from 9-9:45pm.

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Adults Only (18+).

Admission: $15 General; $10 Exploratorium Members; Free for Lab Members

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Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events. Not a theater, cabaret, or gallery, After Dark contains aspects of all three. Each evening showcases a different topic—from music to sex to electricity— but all include a cash bar and film screenings, plus an opportunity to play with our hundreds of hands-on exhibits. Join us and mingle with inventive scientists, artists, musicians, programmers, and designers. Enjoy live performances, provocative films, interesting music, cutting-edge technology, unexpected extravaganzas, and more, depending on each evening's lineup. Leave the kids at home and meet friends or take a date. Where else can you find an intellectually stimulating playground for adults? 

This program is part of our summer series MoAD in the Neighborhood and takes place at the Exploratorium, located at Pier 15, SF

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WORKSHOP | Behind the Lens

Monday July 14, 2014 - August 6, 2014

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Origins…Telling Her Stories,” will focus on the women living in our own communities; the experiences of our mothers, aunts, sisters and grandmothers. These women are the mothers of the African Diaspora and it’s important to see what their eyes have seen and feel what their hearts have felt. As part of their research the girls will also explore and share their own stories, teaching us about their experiences as young women in the contemporary African Diaspora. Stories will be documented using digital photography, film and articles written by Behind the Lens participants. All images, videos and articles will be presented in an online magazine format which will be designed Behind the Lens participants.

Mondays-Wednesdays, July 14-August 6

Registration is required. Inquiries to

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Panel Discussion | Postcard from Yosemite: Honoring the Buffalo Soldiers

Wednesday July 16, 2014

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The U.S. Army dispatched African American troopers, known as the Buffalo Soldiers to Yosemite and Sequoias Parks in 1899, 1903, and 1904. They patrolled the wilderness and served a crucial role in the stewardship of these lands.

Join us for us in conversation with Outdoor Afro members who will report back from their June 2014 trip retracing the trail the Buffalo Soldiers forged from the Presidio of San Francisco into Yosemite National Park. This interactive evening will document the oral histories of Outdoor Afro participants in the trip, including first time visitors to Yosemite, historians and national park service rangers. We will also provide information on the role you can play in movement to establish a national historic trail commemorating the route the Buffalo Soldiers traveled between their post at San Francisco’s Presidio and Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

This program is presented in partnership by Outdoor AfroNational Park ServiceMuseum of the African Diaspora and the California Historical Society. Proceeds from this event will go towards efforts to make the Buffalo Soldiers’ trail from the Presidio to Yosemite a national landmark.

July 16, 2014 • 5:30pm: Reception • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Program
$5 for Outdoor Afro, MOAD and California Historical Society Members, $10 General Public

This program is part of our summer series MoAD in the Neighborhood and will be held at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission, just across the street from MoAD.

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | An Oakland Story: The Black Panthers – Politics and Party Music

Thursday July 24, 2014

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Museum of the African Diaspora and African American Museum & Library at Oakland present a conversation about Black Power in Oakland. Set in an historic building in downtown Oakland, this program will examine the development of the Black Panther Party and how and why it emerged in Oakland through a lively conversation between two scholars who have recently published work on the Panthers and Black Power, Professor Waldo E. Martin, Jr., author of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, and Dr. Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music.

This program is presented as part of our summer series MoAD in the Neighborhood and will be held at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, 659 14th St, Oakland, 94612.

Free Admission

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