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AAAS Professor Biodun Jeyifo awarded Honorary Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University

December 17, 2018

AAAS Professor Biodun Jeyifo was awarded an Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Obafemi Awolowo University during its 43rd combined convocations.  Professor Jeyifo was recognized for his outstanding intellectual and academic achievements in the global arena of literary criticism, social activism, public discourse, and his significant positive impact on the study of African Literature, Theatre, Film, Africana Studies, African-American cultural studies, and post-colonial studies.  A link to the article and also photos from the convocation can be seen...

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AAAS Professor David R. Williams is featured on NPR radio program The Pulse

December 17, 2018

AAAS Professor David R. Williams was featured in a recent episode of WHYY’s program The Pulse entitled, “Understanding Violence.”  Dr. Williams discussed how African Americans are more likely to be the victims of crime and assault, as well as police violence, and how living under constant threat can take a toll on both physical and mental health.  A link to WHYY and audio of the program is below...

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AAAS Student Elected President of The Harvard Crimson

November 28, 2018

AAAS student Kristine E. Guillaume, a junior majoring in literature, history, and African-American studies, has been featured in multiple news outlets of late for being elected the first black woman to serve as President of The Harvard Crimson.  Links to three of the many articles being written about Ms. Guillaume’s historic appointment are below:

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Nine Moments for Now on View at The Cooper Gallery

November 16, 2018

In conjunction with the For Freedoms/50 States Initiative founded by Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas, the exhibition “Nine Moments for Now” on view at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art through January 21, 2019, brings together contemporary art and modernist approaches to the question of how artists engage in political...

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Inaugural Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize Announced

November 8, 2018

The Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize offers three $5,000 awards to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students per academic year for essays that explore the relationship between visual art and justice as it pertains to racial equity. The prize, which honors the legacy of photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, serves to acknowledge the importance of visual literacy and the nexus of race and citizenship, particularly in the United...

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