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Harvard University Black Commencement features AAAS Speakers, New York Times Reports

June 22, 2017

In a recent New York Times article, Colleges Celebrate Diversity With Separate Commencements, African and African American Studies (AAAS) award-winning alumna, Olivia Castor, and AAAS Professor Brandon M. Terry lent their voices to the celebration of diversity across campus and across the nation on the occasion of the new "Harvard University Black Commencement" at the

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Professor Michele Lamont receives honoris causa doctorate from the Universite de Bourdeaux

June 20, 2017

The Department of African and African American Studies congratulates Professor Michèle Lamont, who, this past week, has received a Docteure Honoris Causa from the Universite de Bourdeaux. To learn more about this distinguished degree and university, please see the Universite of Bourdeaux event announcement linked below:

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ImeIme Umana Takes the Helm as President of Harvard Law Review

February 1, 2017

One of our recent graduates, ImeIme Umana (’14), has been named the first Black woman to edit the Harvard Law Review.  ImeIme was a brilliant joint concentrator (with Government) in the African American Studies track who received a Hoopes Prize for her thesis on “Racial Burden vs. Electoral Integrity: An Empirical Study of the Texas Voter Identification Law.”  

She worked at the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute in the Hutchins Center and was President of the student led Institute of Politics.  What is more, Imeme was awarded departmental honors as the recipient

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Cornel West Returns

January 3, 2017

Professor Cornel West returns to Harvard University, and will teach two courses starting in Spring 2017.

As reported in the New York Times:

[Professor West] is to hold a joint appointment at the Harvard Divinity School and the department of African and African-American studies as a professor of the practice of public philosophy, a title reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions in their professional fields.

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Professor Jacob K. Olupona produces landmark volume on "Ifá Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance"

September 15, 2016

From Indiana University Press:

This landmark volume compiled by Jacob K. Olupona and Rowland O. Abiodun brings readers into the diverse world of Ifá—its discourse, ways of thinking, and artistic expression as manifested throughout the Afro-Atlantic. Firmly rooting Ifá within African religious traditions, the essays consider Ifá and Ifá divination from the perspectives of philosophy, performance

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African Language Program, and Professor John Mugane, Featured in Harvard Gazette

African Language Program, and Professor John Mugane, Featured in Harvard Gazette

May 16, 2016

Professor John Mugane and the African Language Program which he has built and led so ably for more than a decade are featured in a new piece in the Harvard Gazette.  It is a terrifically well done article, capturing the innovativeness, breadth, excitement and agenda-setting quality of our African Language Program:

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Professor Sarah Lewis Shines as Guest-Editor of Aperture Magazine

Professor Sarah Lewis Shines as Guest-Editor of Aperture Magazine

May 10, 2016

Sarah Lewis, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies, has guest-edited an amazing issue of Aperture magazine on “Vision and Social Justice”.  It is a remarkable set of photos and accompanying essays inspired by Frederick Douglass’s 1864 speech on “Pictures and Progress.”  The issue drives home how art makes us

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AAAS Alumnus, Sangu Delle, delivers TEDx talk at Oxford University on Economic Freedom and Gender Equality in Africa

AAAS Alumnus, Sangu Delle, delivers TEDx talk at Oxford University on Economic Freedom and Gender Equality in Africa

April 25, 2016

AAAS Alumnus, Sangu Delle, recently delivered a TEDx talk at Oxford University on Economic Freedom and Gender Equality in Africa.  The thought-provoking talk, where Sangu Delle explores the notion that, "economic freedom may very well lie in another resource, one that we’ve neglected for too long," can be viewed by visiting: 

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