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.”
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.
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in today’s New York Times, marked the official opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The essay frames beautifully the stakes and hopes for this important day in our history.
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:
"Suzanne Preston Blier, a historian of African art and architecture at Harvard University, has been elected president of CAA for a two-year term, beginning in May 2016. A member of the board since 2012, Blier has served as vice president for publications (2013–15) and vice president of Annual Conference (2015–16), and has served on task forces related to the development of CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts and Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship… Read more about Suzanne Preston Blier Is the New CAA President