2014

Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

August 28, 2014

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."

A ceremony open to the public honoring award recipients will be held on Sunday,October 26th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin… Read more about Professor Kincaid wins American Book Award for "See Now Then"

"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." nominated for Emmy

"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." nominated for Emmy

July 15, 2014

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.  

"Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own… Read more about "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." nominated for Emmy

AAAS Welcomes Prof. Elizabeth Hinton and Prof. George Paul Meiu to Faculty

AAAS Welcomes Prof. Elizabeth Hinton and Prof. George Paul Meiu to Faculty

July 1, 2014

The Department of African and African American Studies welcomes two new faculty members to the Department:

Elizabeth Hinton

Elizabeth Hinton is Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of History at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century… Read more about AAAS Welcomes Prof. Elizabeth Hinton and Prof. George Paul Meiu to Faculty

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and AAAS Prize Winners!

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and AAAS Prize Winners!

May 28, 2014

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!

Michèle Lamont receives Gutenberg Research Award 2014

Michèle Lamont receives Gutenberg Research Award 2014

May 28, 2014

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 receives Honorary Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham receives Honorary Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

May 21, 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:  

http://www5.uwm.edu/news/2014/04/29/four-receiving-honorary-degrees-from-uwm-at-may-18-commencement/#.U30TWxbfZSU

Congratulations to… Read more about Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham receives Honorary Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

'The African Americans' takes home Peabody Award

'The African Americans' takes home Peabody Award

May 20, 2014

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!

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria - Professor Jacob Olupona on Nigeria and Boko Haram

To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria - Professor Jacob Olupona on Nigeria and Boko Haram

May 14, 2014

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.

This is an intolerable offense against humanity. If the corrupt and indifferent Nigerian state cannot or will not intervene, other nations must. At stake are not just the lives and well being of… Read more about To Save the Girls, the World Must Help Nigeria - Professor Jacob Olupona on Nigeria and Boko Haram