AAAS Professors Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Elizabeth Hinton, Walter Johnson, and Brandon Terry headlined a discussion on #blacklivesmatter on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, convened by professor Kirsten Weld and brought to you by the Harvard University Department of History and History Design Studio.
Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham's book, Righteous Discontent, and conception of the term "politics of respectability" were discussed in a recent Boston Globe editorial, "The new face of civil rights."
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.
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.”
Ten distinguished humanities recipients to receive honor on Sept 10 in East Room ceremony
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.
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 (...
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...
Sarah Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M. Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in the History of Art.
The Department of African and African American Studies held its annual Departmental Award Ceremony and Graduation Party on May 27, 2015, with friends, family, and festivities in the Barker Center.
Professor Lawrence D. Bobo, Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies; Professor Caroline Elkins, Director of the Center for African Studies; and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research began the evening by reflecting on the past year, and then congratulated our graduates on their many...