The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research has launched the Workshop on African History and Economics (WAHE) with Directors Emmanuel Akyeampong, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, and Nathan Nunn, Professor of Economics at Harvard University. WAHE "brings together two recent academic trends in a forensic examination of African economies in historical perspective: the development of the 'New Economic History' with its tendency for comparative studies of regional economic performance; and a new emphasis on longue durée studies in African … Read more about Workshop on African History and Economics Launched through Hutchins Center
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." Read more about Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"
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:
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!