Public Programs Calendar

All public programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

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GALLERY TALK | Tuareg and Anima with Elisabeth Sunday

Saturday January 12, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Elisabeth Sunday will present her work from the past 26 years from her time living with indigenous groups in Africa. On a walk through of her gallery, she will share her experience and techniques for capturing the images in her Taureg Portfolio. Following the gallery talk, Sunday will be signing copies of her newly published book, Grace, currently available in the MoAD Store.

As a young woman Elisabeth Sunday lived in France and later traveled extensively through tribal Africa where she lived among the people she photographed, often for extended periods. Her experiences combined with the personal histories she gathered, influenced how she chose to frame and photograph her subjects. For 26 years, Bay Area-based photographer Elisabeth Sunday has found inspiration in the peoples, cultures and traditions of Africa. She has traveled alone and has lived among various indigenous peoples documenting how they sustain their traditional ways of life in a rapidly changing world. Sunday is widely recognized as an art photographer with a distinctive vision.  Utilizing a flexible mirror of her own design, Sunday photographs her subjects' reflections in a way that blends and dissolves the boundaries between figures and their environment. 

Free with MoAD Admission

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6th-12th EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Environmental Justice in the African Diaspora

Sunday January 13, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has developed an education initiative whose centerpiece is an innovative curriculum focusing on the African Diaspora and the contributions of people of African descent throughout the world. This five-module, interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to develop social studies, history, science, and visual arts skills for students grades 6-12. The DCP aims to think with people, not about them and tell history from the perspective of those who live it.

Each workshop - facilitated by local educator Dr. Ruth Bissell - will explore ways in which to implement one of the five DCP curriculum modules into a 6-12 grade classroom. In ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA we encourage students to think critically about the historical connections between colonialism, race, and geographic exploitation throughout the African Diaspora. Students will define and apply definitions of environmental justice and environmental racism through the lens of history and current events.

This is a FREE workshop. To attend, please RSVP to

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor

Thursday January 17, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his ancestor's flight to freedom, Professor William Benjamin Gould IV will be reading from his great-grandfather’s diary, Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor and his contributions to the black Abolitionist paper, The Anglo-African. The first William Benjamin Gould escaped from slavery, joined the Union Navy, and kept a diary - one of the three known diaries written during the Civil War by former slaves. He is part of the silent exodus of blacks departing the Confederacy and joining the ranks of the U.S. military. In his writings he chronicles the progress of the Civil War, the struggle against discrimination as well as slavery, correspondence about what form the Reconstruction South will take as well as the rise of the U.S. Navy.  

William B. Gould IV is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and has been on the faculty since 1972, at which time he was appointed the first black law professor in the history of the Law School. He was Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994-98) in the Clinton Administration and has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970. He is the author of 10 books -- the most recent being Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil (McFarland, 2011).

Free with MoAD Admission

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday January 19, 2013

10:00 am - 12:00 am

This series brings locally, nationally, and internationally recognized scholars to present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between the academic world and the local community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Marcus Shelby presents Blues and the Pursuit of Freedom. Shelby is an accomplished teacher, composer, arranger, and bassist. For his research and representations of Black history through music and poem, Shelby was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area” in 2005. Shelby currently teaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University and the Oakland Public Conservatory. He will use rich audiovisual content to discuss the blues and Freedom movements in American history.

Free with MoAD Admission

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Bay Area Member for a Day

Saturday January 19, 2013

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bay Area cultural institutions are teaming up to host Member for a Day on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Members can enjoy reciprocal admission and special activities at each museum.

Participating institutions include:

Asian Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Museum of the African Diaspora

Oakland Museum of California

SF Camerawork

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Walt Disney Family Museum

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Please present your membership card for two free admissions per membership at each location; some restrictions apply. Check with each location for details of open hours and a listing of exhibitions on view.

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade

Sunday January 20, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Gather at the Table is the chronicle of Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan's shared journey toward racial reconciliation. Over a three year period, the pair traveled thousands of miles--visiting ancestral towns, courthouses, cemeteries, plantations, antebellum mansions, and historic sites both overseas and in twenty-seven states--and engaged in deep conversations about how the lingering trauma of slavery shaped their lives. DeWolf and Morgan will share the story of their journey and lead attendees through an interactive exercise.

This event is sponsored by Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), and the California Genealogical Society & Library.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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