Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to CAUSE at Carnegie Mellon University

Founded in 1995, CAUSE is an interdisciplinary research and education center in the Department of History, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University. Focusing on African American urban life and history since the transatlantic slave trade, the Center encourages scholarship that addresses the historian’s interest in understanding socioeconomic, political, and cultural change over time... [Read more]

Annual Fall Reception on Friday, September 14, 2018

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Singleton Room, Roberts Hall
4:00pm Reception
5:00pm Remarks and Opening Lecture

Upcoming events for 2018-2019

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought & Professor of History, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Singleton Room, Roberts Hall
Reception at 4:00pm
Lecture and Discussion at 5:00pm

Event Details and RSVP Form

Ghetto book

Friday, October 5, 2018
The Ghetto in Global History: A Book Symposium

Moderator: Dr. Davarian Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College

Dr. Dan Michman, Head, The International Institute for Holocaust Research; and Incumbent of the John Najmann Chair of Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem
Dr. Mitchell Duneier, Department Chair and Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

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Keisha blain book

Friday, November 2, 2018

“Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom”
Dr. Keisha Blain, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

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D berry book

Friday, February 8, 2019

“Soul Values & American Slavery”
Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Fellow in History, University of Texas – Austin

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Owens book

Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology”
Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Assistant Professor of History, Queens College, CUNY

In collaboration with Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History

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Friday, April 26, 2019

“My People Aren’t from the Isle of Lesbos: Poverty and the Rise of Intersectional Social Movements in Atlanta, 1980-1996”
CAUSE Postdoctoral fellow lecture
Dr. Andrew Pope

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Previous Events:

Dr. Waverly Duck, CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18
Dr. Anne W. Rawls, Bentley University, University of Siegen, GE
"A Nation Divided: Interaction Orders of Race and The High Cost of Unconscious Racism in Everyday Life"
Friday, April 6, 2018
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53

Dr. Andrew E. Masich
"Civil War in the Borderlands: Reflections on War and African Americans in the Southwest"
February 9th, Friday 2018

November 3rd, 2017
"Black Women, Convict Labor, and the Carceral State: Chained in Silence and No Mercy Here"
Dr. Sarah Haley, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies, UCLA
Dr. Talitha LeFlouria, Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor, African and African-American Studies, University of Virginia
Chair: Dr. Kevin Mumford, Professor of History, University of Illinois

September 22, 2017
CAUSE Annual Fall Reception
Opening Lecture
Dr. Edward E. Baptist

Requiem for Rice Project

Thursday, September 21
Mellon Institute Auditorium (4400 Fifth Avenue, CMU)

Join us for a staging of ‘Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked’ by string ensemble, a dramatic reading of excerpts from Requiem for Rice libretto by Vanessa German, and discussion of the score (in development) and libretto by Dr. Trevor Weston, composer, and Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black, librettist.  The event will take place on Thursday, September 21 at 7pm in CMU's Mellon Institute Auditorium (4400 Fifth Avenue, 15213, enter on Bellefield Avenue).

‘Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked’ is inspired by the history of African and African American forced laborers who cultivated rice in the Lowcountry. Colour of Music Festival commissioned Dr. Trevor Weston to compose ‘Unburied’, ‘Unmourned’, ‘Unmarked’. This piece for string orchestra takes inspiration from traditional African music and traditional African American folk music, fiddle music, long-meter hymns and Gullah spirituals. The string work will eventually become a longer dramatic work for voices and full orchestra, Requiem for Rice.

On this special evening, Pittsburghers can attend a staging of ‘Unburied’, Unmourned’, ‘Unmarked’ by a string quartet one month before its world premiere at Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, SC. The audience is also invited to participate in a discussion afterwards with composer, Dr. Trevor Weston, and librettist, Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black.

Supported by Opportunity Fund and Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), School of Music, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, Center for Diversity and Inclusion,and Center for the Arts in Society.

Out of the Shadows: A Colored Solidarity

An original work of Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form, this performance tells the story of a prominent Indian feminist and anti-colonial activist, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya, as she confronts racism in Louisiana in 1940. A powerfully moving work of dance that blends forgotten history with original music, poetry, and motion, Out of the Shadows will be performed by renowned dancer and choreographer, Anjal Chande. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Cities Tour in Pittsburgh feature

Director, Joe William Trotter, Jr. was featured in C-SPAN's 2016 Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) Cities Tour in Pittsburgh.

Race and Renaissance Joe Trotter talked about his book, Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh since World War II, about the lives and contributions of Pittsburgh African Americans since World War II, including their significance in the second Great Migration, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and other historical events.