Common Read/Common World Events

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september 7

Multicultural Leadership Center and Common Read Lunch & Learn
Lunch will be served.

MLC, formerly Alumni Hall
12 p.m.


September 12

Dr. Justin Dunnavant and Madison Aubey
Dr. Justin Dunnavant, "Maritime Archaeology in the 21st Century: Exploring the History and Heritage of our Underwater World,” and Madison Aubey, “Positioning Africatown in Post-Emancipation Black Mobile,” will speak.

Archeology Museum
5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.


september 13

Descendant Film Screening
Refreshments will be served.

Student Center Ballroom
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


September 20

History Department Common Read discussion on "Barracoon"

HUMB 150
4 p.m.

We Have Not Had One White Friend

Nick Tabor, “We Have Not Had One White Friend”: The Forgotten 1980s Battle for Africatown Live Zoom at the USA Archaeology Museum.

USA Archaeology Museum
4 p.m.


September 26

Clotilda: The Exhibition at the Africatown Heritage House is not just a story of a ship

Jessica Fairley, “Clotilda: The Exhibition at the Africatown Heritage House is not just a story of a ship,” Africatown Heritage House Manager.

Archeology Museum
4 p.m.


September 28

Whispers From the Waters: Connecting Ancestral Memory Through the History and Archaeology of the São José Paquete de Africa and the Clotilda Shipwrecks

By: Kamau B. A. Sadiki, Board Member and Lead Instructor, Diving With a Purpose

More Information

Archeology Museum
6 p.m.


October 7

Discussion about “Barracoon” and a tour of the new Heritage House Museum
Common Read and African American Studies event in partnership with Mobile Parks and Recreation’s Robert Hope Community Center where there will be a Common Read Genealogy activity for an intergenerational group of students and community members of all ages, and a tour of the new Heritage House Museum. The bus for this tour will pick up interested students from the Student Center Flag Pole.

Heritage House Museum
11 a.m.-1 p.m.


October - November

Story Exchange
The University of South Alabama will work with Narrative4 to utilize the story exchange as a tool to develop empathy and deep listening skills in addition to the importance of community narratives.



The University of South Alabama Archeology Museum showcases "Unwritten: The Archaeology & Oral History of Jim Crow Mobile." This exhibit is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit features families who lived in Africatown, near Davis Avenue, and Down the Bay. The exhibit ends in May 2024.

  • The Archaeology Museum has also stocked copies of “Barracoon” in the  Archaeology Museum Gift Shop and staff, faculty, students, and alumni receive a 10% discount.

Please check back for additional Common Read events in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 including Story Exchanges, a featured speaker on Zora Neale Hurston, and other campus activities.

Common Read 2023

Talk Thursday Zoom Webinar

Film Trailer for "Descendant"