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When: Thursday, February 1st, 2024
Time: 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm
Location:Dunton Tower, Room 2017
Audience:Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty, Staff


Join us for an enlightening lecture with Fulbright Scholar Prof. Michele K. Lewis. Prof. Lewis will revisit her and her colleague’s historic *mbongi presented at the 53rd International Association of Black Psychologists Conference in 2022. Delve into the relevance of Black LGBTQ+ persons’ cultural and historical existence within the African human family and within the Associations of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). Prof. Lewis and her colleagues referenced sources of Black wisdom; they integrated these sources with their respective work as clinicians, academics, researchers and artists. Learn about their work incorporating contemplative practices to decolonize inner life, challenging Eurocentric thought and disrupting dynamics of oppression.

Don’t miss this insightful lecture featuring excerpts from an upcoming paper led by Prof. Lewis as well as a conversation with Prof. Adrian Harewood.

Mark your calendars for an evening of empowerment and knowledge!

*Mbongi (pronounced Bone-gee) is a word in the Kikongo language which means “learning place” (Association of Black Psychologists, 2018). The term is used to refer to a coming together of the people to address a community concern, or with the aim to problem-solve in a meeting.



Michele K. Lewis is Professor of Psychological Sciences in the U.S.A. at Winston-Salem State University, a historically Black university in North Carolina. She served as chair of the Psychological Sciences department from 2014- 2019. Dr. Lewis earned her Ph.D. with a concentration in biopsychology at Howard University in Washington D.C. She combines her interests in cultural neuroscience, African-Centered/Black Psychology (ACBP), human connection, interdisciplinary research, and spirit identity among Black-identified persons commonly referenced as LGBTQIA+ and non-binary. Lewis was trained in Emotional Emancipation Circle (EEC) facilitation in Charlotte, NC USA. As a research fellow for the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM) she conducted EEC research with poverty challenged Black women in Winston-Salem North Carolina.

Prof. Lewis is Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Carleton University. She is hosted by Carleton’s Feminist Institute of Social Transformation for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Adrian Harewood is an Associate Professor in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication which he joined in 2021. Prior to his time at Carleton, he was a journalist for CBC Radio and Television for 20 years. Adrian’s academic interests include the History of Black Canadian Journalism, the History of the Black American Press, the US Civil Rights Movement, Community Radio, Sports Journalism, Journalism in Community Building and Development, Journalism in Carceral Spaces and Human Rights Journalism, Journalism Pedagogy



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