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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

Professor Gates receives major RWJ grant to Advance interest in STEM education

Professor Gates receives major RWJ grant to Advance interest in STEM education

November 1, 2015

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has just received a major grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase excitement about STEM education and fields of study via his longtime interest in family genealogy.  The program involves the creation of genealogy and genetics summer camps and will involve several college and university partners including Spelman College, Morehouse College, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. 

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Professor Jacob Olupona has been awarded the 2015–2016 Reimar Lust Award for International and Cultural Exchange

October 9, 2015

Professor Jacob Olupona has been awarded the Reimar Lust Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is in recognition of “outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists from abroad who, as multipliers in and through the field of academic studies, have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own countries.”

The Harvard Gazette discussed this prestigious award in a recent interview with Professor Olupona Read more about Professor Jacob Olupona has been awarded the 2015–2016 Reimar Lust Award for International and Cultural Exchange

President Obama to Award 2014 National Humanities Medal to Professor Higginbotham

President Obama to Award 2014 National Humanities Medal to Professor Higginbotham

September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (September 3, 2015) — The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in a September 10 ceremony in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend.

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Professor Suzanne Blier's new book featured in The Guardian

Professor Suzanne Blier's new book featured in The Guardian

August 31, 2015

Professor Suzanne Blier's new book, Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity, was featured twice in The Guardian this past week: 

Ife coronation rituals and the primacy of history

By Editor on August 28, 2015

As the process leading to the emergence of a new Ooni of Ife gathers momentum, Prof. SUZANNE PRESTON BLIER, in her latest seminal work, Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity, undertakes an excursion into the coronation rituals that the king-elect will undergo to transform him from a mere mortal into a god (orisa Read more about Professor Suzanne Blier's new book featured in The Guardian

Elkins receives named appointment at Center for African Studies

Elkins receives named appointment at Center for African Studies

July 6, 2015

Professor Caroline Elkins, founding director of the Center for African Studies, has been named the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Center for African Studies at Harvard University, in honor of Jonathan and Jennifer (’89 and J.D. ’93) Oppenheimer. They are long-time supporters of Africa-related initiatives at Harvard, and are also strong advocates of Read more about Elkins receives named appointment at Center for African Studies