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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 of the AAAS… Read more about ImeIme Umana Takes the Helm as President of Harvard Law Review

Cornel West Profile Photo

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.

“Our friend is coming back in this… Read more about Cornel West Returns

Ifá Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance

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 studies, and cultural studies. They also examine the sacred context, verbal art,… Read more about Professor Jacob K. Olupona produces landmark volume on "Ifá Divination, Knowledge, Power, and Performance"

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 reflect on the great issues and challenges of our times, and features essays by Sarah Lewis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and… Read more about Professor Sarah Lewis Shines as Guest-Editor of Aperture Magazine

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: … Read more about AAAS Alumnus, Sangu Delle, delivers TEDx talk at Oxford University on Economic Freedom and Gender Equality in Africa

Suzanne Preston Blier Is the New CAA President

Suzanne Preston Blier Is the New CAA President

April 4, 2016

"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