James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series- Fall 2017 | UCF Africana Studies

James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series- Fall 2017

The Africana Studies Program recently concluded this year’s James Weldon Johnson Lecture Series. The series featured three presenters who lectured on a variety of topics relevant to Africana studies. This year’s feature speakers included: Visual Artist and UCF professor Dr. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, inspirational speaker Khalil Osiris M.A., and Founding President of the Central Florida chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life, Karen Adamopoulos.


Dr. Raimundi-Ortiz is a nationally and internationally recognized, award winning interdisciplinary visual and performance artist. Dr. Raimundi-Ortiz opened the series by discussing her recent and most ambitious project, Pieta, as a means of collective catharsis through performance art.

Khalil Osiris M.A. continued this year’s lecture series by sharing an inspirational and insightful talk on becoming aware of the impact of self-imposed limitations. Osiris uses his story of 20 years in prison, while earning a BA and MA from Boston University while incarcerated, as a launching point to explore the ways we unknowingly imprison ourselves.

This year’s lecture series was closed out with a lecture from Karen Adamopoulos that addressed the impact of the contribution in racial uplift and unification made by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Mr. A. Philip Randolph and how their examples influence today’s successors.