On April 16, 2021 Amber gave a public lecture entitled “On Roots and Regeneration” for the HBCU Africa Architecture Lecture Series. The talk covered Wiley’s time as the inaugural H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow with the Society of Architectural Historians, as well as her experiences teaching on the hidden landscapes of slavery in the continental U.S. Wiley traveled and researched the architectural history in six countries, including Ghana and Ethiopia to see not only the ways that communities create, inhabit, and think about space, but what these interactions reveal about the society in which the space is produced. Through this research she connected the deep intersections of culture, geography, design, preservation, and public history. More recently, she has taught courses highlighting the diasporic presence in the United States, in addition to the lesser known histories of enslaved Americans, both in the North and South. Thus, she presented new ways of thinking about roots and regeneration through a cross-continental lens.
The HBCU Africa Architecture Lecture Seriesis an ongoing series led by the African Diaspora Nation, HBCU Africa Homecoming, and ArchiAfrika organizations. In collaboration with several HBCUs like Morgan State University, the lecture series will host eight distinguished individuals discussing the benefits and opportunities the HBCU system and the African Continent have with each other.