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Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

August 28, 2014

Jamaica Kincaid is a winner of the 35th Annual American Book Award for her most recent novel “See Now Then”.  As the Before Columbus Foundation notes, "The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions."

"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." nominated for Emmy

"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." nominated for Emmy

July 15, 2014

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has just announced nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards.  Among the nominees, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." is in the running for Outstanding Historical Program.  

Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham receives Honorary Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham receives Honorary Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

May 21, 2014

Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham has just received an Honorary Doctor of History from the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also had the honor of serving as this year's commencement speaker.  More information about the ceremony can be found on UWM's website:  

http://www5.uwm.edu/news/2014/04/29/four-receiving-honorary-degrees-from-uwm-at-may-18-commencement/#.U30TWxbfZSU

'The African Americans' takes home Peabody Award

'The African Americans' takes home Peabody Award

May 20, 2014

Yesterday, 'The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross' was honored at the 73rd annual Peabody Awards Ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The 46 award winners were chosen from more than 1,100 entries by the 16-member Peabody board. The Peabody Awards are not granted in specific categories; the sole criteria for winning is excellence in storytelling. 

Congratulations to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as well as the full cast and crew of 'The African Americans' for this well deserved honor!

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria - Professor Jacob Olupona on Nigeria and Boko Haram

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria - Professor Jacob Olupona on Nigeria and Boko Haram

May 14, 2014

The recent kidnapping by the jihadist group Boko Haram of hundreds of girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria shocks our sensibilities. Wanting only an education, the girls are now being held in parts unknown, and their captors have threatened to sell them into slavery. Like other girls before them, they are likely being sexually abused and forced to marry members of the radical group.