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
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:
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
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.
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
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:
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: