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NEW! Rising Seniors Eligible to Enroll in the AFRS Graduate Certificate Program

   November 16, 2016

Early-Entry Graduate Degree Program 


The Department of Africana Studies is now accepting application from rising juniors and seniors into the Africana Studies Graduate Certificate. The goal is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to begin working towards a graduate degree before...

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Dr. Ogundiran's book, "Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic" named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015

   February 26, 2016

Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2014), coedited by Dr. Akin Ogundiran of the Africana Studies Department, is one of the six Indiana University Press books named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015. In its January issue...

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Dr. Tanure Ojaide Wins Prestigious Award for Literary Excellence

   February 25, 2016

By: Kamakshi Kamath, graduate student intern, CLAS
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

For his commitment to democratic ideals, humanistic values and literary excellence in Africa, Tanure Ojaide, UNC Charlotte’s Frank Graham Porter Professor of...

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Dr. Danielle Boaz named Kathryn T. Preyer Scholar in American Legal History

   July 1, 2015

Dr. Danielle Boaz named Kathryn T. Preyer Scholar in American Legal History. The award is granted by the American Society for Legal History to support the scholarship of...

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Dr. De la Torre received the Gilder-Lehrman and College Educators Research Fellowships

   November 1, 2014

Dr. Oscar de la Torre has received a 2014 fellowship of the Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University. He will use the fellowship to finish his book manuscript “Leaving Behind the Big Snake: A History of Black Amazonia, 1850-1950”. The book is...

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Interested in the healthcare and/or environmental sustainability field?  Learn more about our  Concentration in Health and Environment

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New book edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran and Paula Saunders

Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic

Edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran and Paula Saunders

Focusing on everyday rituals, the essays in this volume look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African–descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms. The contributors trace the...

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Dr. Oscar de la Torre received a Gilder-Lehrman Center's fellowship at Yale University

Dr. Oscar de la Torre received a Gilder-Lehrman Center's fellowship at Yale University.

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Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series

Bring your lunch and join us for lunch time discussions on various topics, works in progress, and current events.  2017-18 schedule to come.

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