Africana studies at the University of Notre Dame centers on Africans and the African Diaspora—the global dispersion of peoples of African descent—and examines their historical, sociological, political, and economic contexts around the world. Our teaching and research covers a wide range of topics including civil rights issues, justice, liberties, social rights, the dignity of the human person, and the Catholic Social Tradition.

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In an effort to engage all members of our community—faculty, staff, students, and local citizens—in these important conversations, the department hosts and co-sponsors a wide array of events, from lectures and reading groups to panel discussions and arts events.

We invite you to explore our upcoming events and read the latest news about our faculty and students.


Teju Cole Reading


Eck Center Auditorium

Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, and photographer. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. He was born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria. He currently lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of four books.

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Education, Literacy, Community, and Citizenship: Community Conference

Eck Visitors Center

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This one day conference is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Please join us on Friday, March 23, 2018 (9:00 am-6:00 pm, Eck Visitor’s Center, University of Notre Dame), for a day of diving into questions about how education and citizenship intersect.  Together we will consider the how motivation, inclusion, and various ways of “knowing” the world impact learning.  We’ll also think about how building community and developing civic identities with youth matter to democracy. Leaning on the intellectual traditions of bell hooks and Paulo Freire, and honoring the scholarship and activism of Dr. Stuart Greene

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Africana Studies Professor Discusses "Black Panther"

The upcoming release of the new Black Panther film has many people excited.  Recently, WSBT news checked in with Africana Studies Professor, Dr. Jacquetta Page to unpack the cultural and social significance of the film.  Black Panther is the first major motion picture to feature a black director and an almost exclusively black cast.  Moreover, as a recent Time Magaizine piece noted, "Black Panther

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Africana studies alumna wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate, has won a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — commonly known as a “Genius” Grant. Hannah-Jones, who majored in history and African American studies (now Africana studies), is an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine, covering issues of racial inequality, especially in education. In 2015, she produced three Peabody Award-winning radio stories for This American Life illustrating how school desegregation can lessen the achievement gap between white children and students of color, and her first-person article, “Worlds Apart: Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” won a 2017 National Magazine Award.

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