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Ojaide Receives Nigeria’s Top Academic Honor

Tanure Ojaide has been named this year’s recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), in the Humanities category. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the investiture ceremony on December 1 in Abuja, the country’s capital. Established in 1979, the Nigerian National Order of Merit is the highest academic honor in Africa’s most populous country. The award is conferred... Ojaide Receives Nigeria’s Top Academic Honor Read more >>

CFP: 15th Annual Africana Studies Symposium

The 15th Annual Africana Studies Symposium will take place on April 5th through 7th. Themed “Performing Africana Arts and Culture: Repression, Resistance, and Renewal”, this year’s symposium will feature more than twelve scholarly presentations, four workshops, a film, and a roundtable discussion on the place of Africana performative arts in critical liberal arts education. The three-day event... CFP: 15th Annual Africana Studies Symposium Read more >>

HOLLYWOOD WRITER/PRODUCER TO SERVE AS 8TH AFRICANA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Hollywood writer and producer Calvin Brown Jr. has been named the 2017 Africana Studies Artist-in-Residence.  Brown, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate and native Charlottean, will be in residence March 13-23.   As part of his residence, Brown will guest lecture in classes, meet with students in a brown bag Q & A session, and work with select students to produce a short... HOLLYWOOD WRITER/PRODUCER TO SERVE AS 8TH AFRICANA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Read more >>

AFRS Statement on President Trump's Executive Order

The faculty members in the Department of Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte express deep concern regarding the recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump restricting immigration from seven Muslim countries – Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Yemen. On the basis of our history as individual scholars, the ethical and professional concerns that guide our field of study, and... AFRS Statement on President Trump's Executive Order Read more >>

Sacred Grove Reveals New View of Africa’s Past

Surrounded by the sprawl of a modern city, the dense forest grove of Osun-Osogbo in southwestern Nigeria has long stood as a silent sentry guarding the mysteries of the ancient past. Those secrets are now revealed by UNC Charlotte researcher Akin Ogundiran, whose work has upended long-held views of how west Africa became a global economic player. Ogundiran, chair of the Africana Studies... Sacred Grove Reveals New View of Africa’s Past Read more >>