In 2020, the confluence of a devastating global health pandemic and the grotesque killings of Black civilians catalyzed a national movement and resurgent demands to protect Black life.
Within the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Africana Studies has, since 1969, been devoted to close interdisciplinary analysis of black experience to support the work of social justice both nationally and internationally. Our courses examine the precise issues underpinning these inter-connected manifestations of the ways that the treatment of Black life is an indicator of the ways that inequality and oppression is structured, but they also help us understand the ways those oppressions have been challenged and dismantled.
The world stands poised to make a definitive break with the legacy of oppression, and Africana Studies stands ready to prepare a new generation to usher in that new world. As we strive together to realize the transformative potential contained within the pain of the present moment, Africana Studies is today more than ever a vital part of education for all people, not just Black people.
In this time of moral reckoning with the country’s history of racism, we encourage all students to engage with these issues. For courses offered this fall that address the black experience in America, please visit the listing of Africana Studies courses featured here; the Signature Course “American Topics: Black Lives Matter” page here; and do a keyword search in the Schedule of Classes using keywords such as “race,” “black,” “African,” and “Afro.”