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.

Students And Community Member On St 

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.


Senior Thesis Reception


O'Shaughnessy Great Hall

Dean John McGreevy will honor the accomplishments of undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Letters by hosting a reception for students completing a senior thesis project, as well as their thesis advisers and/or mentors.

Originally published at al.nd.edu

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Rejoice! Mass


Dillon Hall Chapel

Rejoice! Mass is a Mass rooted in the African-American tradition. All are welcome to attend. Anyone interested in singing with the choir during Mass can come to rehearse at 7:30 p.m.

Originally published at campusministry.nd.edu.…

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Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony


Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center

Arts and Letters students and their families are invited to attend the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Diploma Ceremony.

The conferral of degrees will take place during the Notre Dame Commencement exercises Sunday morning, but students will receive their diplomas during the Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony.…

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Dianne M. Pinderhughes Honored with Mentorship Legacy Award

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was honored by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists last spring with the creation of the Dianne M. Pinderhughes Mentorship Legacy Award. This award will be given to a deserving undergraduate student attendee each year by the NCBPS to honor Dr. Pinderhughes' longstanding committment to mentoring of students and the discipline of Political Science.  She is an ardent supporter and past President of NCOBPS from 1988-1989, as well as the first African American female President of the American Political Science Association from 2007-2008. In 2016, she served as First Vice President of the International Political Science Association and Program Co-Chair for its 2016 World Congress in Poznan, Poland…

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