Professor Ingrid Monson is a key expert witness in a lawsuit concerning copyright infringement of R&B legend Marvin Gaye’s work by two of today’s most prominent artists: Robin Thicke and Pharrell. More details on the case are available at USA Today and the Hollywood Reporter.
Jamaica Kincaid is a winner of the 35th Annual American Book Award for her most recent novel “See Now Then”. As the Before Columbus Foundation notes, "The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions."
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has just announced nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards. Among the nominees, "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." is in the running for Outstanding Historical Program.
The Department of African and African American Studies celebrated its Class of 2014 and AAAS Prizes and Awards recipients at the AAAS, CAS, and Hutchins Center graduation party held on May 28, 2014.
Bursting with graduates, students, faculty, staff, and friends of AAAS, the celebration featured an exciting program. AAAS Department Chair, Lawrence D. Bobo; Director of The Hutchins Center, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and Chair of the Committee on African Studies, Caroline Elkins all spoke words of encouragement and congratulations to the graduates at the festivities. Professor Bobo's… Read more about Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and AAAS Prize Winners!
Ernst Fehr and Michèle Lamont receive Gutenberg Research Award 2014
Recognition of outstanding research achievements and invitation to strengthen ties with Mainz University
Press Release 05/27/2014
The Gutenberg Research College (GRC) of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) decided to give this year's Gutenberg Research Award to two internationally renowned academics. One award went to the economist Professor Ernst Fehr, Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich; the other was given to Professor Michèle Lamont,… Read more about Michèle Lamont receives Gutenberg Research Award 2014
Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham has just received an Honorary Doctor of History from the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also had the honor of serving as this year's commencement speaker. More information about the ceremony can be found on UWM's website:
Yesterday, 'The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross' was honored at the 73rd annual Peabody Awards Ceremony, held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The 46 award winners were chosen from more than 1,100 entries by the 16-member Peabody board. The Peabody Awards are not granted in specific categories; the sole criteria for winning is excellence in storytelling.
Congratulations to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as well as the full cast and crew of 'The African Americans' for this well deserved honor!
The recent kidnapping by the jihadist group Boko Haram of hundreds of girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria shocks our sensibilities. Wanting only an education, the girls are now being held in parts unknown, and their captors have threatened to sell them into slavery. Like other girls before them, they are likely being sexually abused and forced to marry members of the radical group.