Date: February 20, 2024 

Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm 

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Join us as academics from around the world delve into the life, achievements, and significance of Estevanico, a truly extraordinary African explorer of the 16th Century. The event, titled “Estevanico: Tracing the Footsteps of a Remarkable African Explorer,” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P), Room 120 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

History has recorded the name of Estevanico, as “the first great African man in America.” This man became a folk hero in the folklore of Spain and legend in New Spain. The conference aims to shed light on the incredible journey of Estevanico, who played a pivotal role in the exploration and mapping of the Americas during this era, despite facing unique challenges as an African slave.  Artwork on display and live Moroccan music from Estevanico’s era will be available pre- and post-conference.  A list of speakers is online.

Organizers:  The General Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco; the Department of Biology and Center for Developmental Neuroscience; the Department of History; the Department of World Languages and Literatures; the African and African Diaspora Studies Program; the Black and Latino Urban Male Initiative; the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development; the Center for Global Engagement; and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 


The College of Staten Island, The City University of New York

The General Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco

College of Staten Island Student Government

Royal Air Maroc 

By the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development