2010

Professor Sidanius Researches the One-Drop Rule

Professor Sidanius Researches the One-Drop Rule

December 21, 2010

Harvard University psychologist has found that we still tend to see biracials not as equal members of both parent groups, but as belonging more to their minority parent group.

Professor Sidanius and Arnold K. Ho, Ph.D. say their work reflects the cultural entrenchment of America’s traditional racial hierarchy, which assigns the highest status to whites, followed by Asians, with Latinos and blacks at the bottom.

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Image of the Black in Western Art

Image of the Black in Western Art

December 7, 2010

Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Du Bois Institute Fellow David Bindman

“The Image of the Black in Western Art” is based in the efforts of the French couple John and Dominique De Menil, human rights champions, art enthusiasts, and philanthropists who, reacting to U.S. segregation in the 1960s, began the process of documenting the depiction of individuals of… Read more about Image of the Black in Western Art

AAAS Grad Student, Oludamini Ogunnaike co-authors paper on bilinguals

AAAS Grad Student, Oludamini Ogunnaike co-authors paper on bilinguals

November 4, 2010

Oludamini's research that found that bilingual individuals’ opinions of different ethnic groups were affected by the language in which they took a test probing their biases and predilections.

Oludamini Ogunnaike is a first-year graduate student in the Department of African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Cognitive Neuroscience and African Studies in 2007. His current research focuses on comparative religious philosophy and mysticism amongst various religious… Read more about AAAS Grad Student, Oludamini Ogunnaike co-authors paper on bilinguals

Professor Homi K. Bhabha receives $10 Million gift for Humanities Studies

Professor Homi K. Bhabha receives $10 Million gift for Humanities Studies

October 5, 2010

The University announced today that it has received a $10 million gift from industrial magnate Anand G. Mahindra ’77 that will support the Harvard Humanities Center.

The gift is the largest in Harvard’s history directed exclusively towards the humanities.  Mahindra’s donation will fund the center’s ongoing programs and the opportunity to expand its reach by strengthening the center’s ties to other cultural institutions, like libraries and museums, and similar organizations across the country, according to English Professor Homi K. Bhabha, director of the center.… Read more about Professor Homi K. Bhabha receives $10 Million gift for Humanities Studies

The Boston Globe: Op Ed Articles on The Wire at Harvard

The Boston Globe: Op Ed Articles on The Wire at Harvard

September 30, 2010

The Boston Globe editorial section carried two commentaries in point-counterpoint style on courses at Harvard University featuring the HBO program  “The Wire.”

Reverend Eugene B. Rivers 3d and Jacqueline C. Rivers:

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/09/30/yes_its_the_real_thing_about_urban_life/

Ishmael Reed:

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Professor Caroline Elkins New York Times Review of EVEN SILENCE HAS AN END by Ingrid Betancourt

Professor Caroline Elkins New York Times Review of EVEN SILENCE HAS AN END by Ingrid Betancourt

September 30, 2010

Professor Elkins recently reviewed Ingrid Betancourt's horrific story of her abduction by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Born in Bogotá, raised in France, Ingrid Betancourt at the age of thirty-two gave up a life of comfort and safety to return to Colombia to become a political leader in a country that was being slowly destroyed by terrorism, violence, fear, and a pervasive sense of hopelessness. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential elections, she was abducted by the FARC. Nothing could have prepared her for what came… Read more about Professor Caroline Elkins New York Times Review of EVEN SILENCE HAS AN END by Ingrid Betancourt

HBO’s The Wire and its Contribution to Understanding Urban Inequality

HBO’s The Wire and its Contribution to Understanding Urban Inequality

September 9, 2010

Students in this seminar watched, critiqued, and discussed selected episodes of The Wire along with assigned readings on urban inequality that relate to these episodes.

African and African American Studies 115. HBO’s The Wire and its Contribution to Understanding Urban Inequality

William Julius Wilson

Although journalists and media critics around the world have heaped deserved acclaim on The Wire, many people do not recognize its contribution to social science. Students in this seminar will watch, critique, and discuss selected episodes of The Wire… Read more about HBO’s The Wire and its Contribution to Understanding Urban Inequality

New Course: Genetics, Society + Ethics

New Course: Genetics, Society + Ethics

September 8, 2010

In this social engagement course we will explore issues of structural inequality (economic, racial, global) as we think through emerging societal issues of ethics ushered in by genetic applications today.

African And African American Studies 168
Duana Fullwiley

In this social engagement course we will explore issues of structural inequality (economic, racial, global) as we think through emerging societal issues of ethics ushered in by genetic applications today. We will look at three areas of genome research broadly through case studies… Read more about New Course: Genetics, Society + Ethics

Lawrence D. Bobo is Acting-Chair of the Department

Lawrence D. Bobo is Acting-Chair of the Department

August 24, 2010

Lawrence D. Bobo is acting-chair of the Department of African and African American Studies for the 2010-11 academic year.

Lawrence D. Bobo, the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, is the acting-chair of the Department of African and African American Studies for the 2010-11 academic year. Bobo assumes the role as acting-chair while Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham visits the Duke University Law School as its first John Hope Franklin Professor of American Legal History.

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