CAAAR produced videos intended to invigorate public debates about African and African-diaspora life with imagery and with the best of scholarly theory and research. Scenes from popular films and footage of real-world crises were often included to illustrate our debates and conclusions. The videos are intended especially to make the lessons of the humanities and the social sciences available for a more thoughtful public policy.
On 8-10 November 2012, "Global Affirmative Action" analyzed and compared affirmative action programs internationally and detail both reforms and the conflicts they have engendered.
On 13-15 October 2011 the Center's scholarly conference, "Human Traffic: Past and Present," brought together a group of national and international scholars, social scientists and activists as well as humanists to address questions of the ways in which human trafficking is related to a liberal political economy, the extent to which it implicates broader struggles and forces immanent in fields of globalization, development and migration. In particular, serious attention was given on the bodily politics of trafficking and its links to strategies of domination and resistance, law, disorder and practices of flight and shelter.
Under CAAAR sponsorship, the Lambda Omega Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority shot “The Legacy of Lagos,” documenting the lives of their Nigerian-American peers. “Can We Talk? Bridges between the Humanities and the Social Sciences” recorded and amplified the Center’s spring 2010 scholarly conference.