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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Professor Stuart Greene on Equity in American Education

Professor Stuart Greene recently penned a thoughtful analysis of how we frame educational equity in the United States for Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World.  

Stuart Greene

He notes, " To reinvigorate the notion of equity and re-imagine schools, it is important to underscore (a) the equitable distribution of material, emotional, and economic resources to ensure that children have the capacity to direct the course of their own lives in healthy, safe environments in and out of school; (b) the value of inclusion in making critical decisions about the processes underlying the distribution of these resources; (c) the importance of developing measures of assessment that account for what it means to teach for social justice and challenges the limits of assessment rooted in the nation’s economic well being; and (d) the need to leverage the law to center justice as a value in education.  In the end, education as a civil right acknowledges the power inherent in education, promotes inclusion, and values an asset-based approach to education that acknowledge the worth of all children.…

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Africana Studies Major on the Meaning of MLK Day

Michelle Mann

Notre Dame Magazine recently ran an inspiring piece by Senior Africana Studies major Michelle Mann on the meaning of Martin Luther King day. 

Notre Dame Magazine January 17, 2017

"A few months ago, I was driving from Toledo, Ohio, back home to the suburbs of Chicago. Before I left, I had found a CD box set of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches in the back corner of a used record shop and thought they would make for a good companion on my five-hour journey. I started listening to the different speeches and sermons and was in awe of the brilliance of this great man. From the beginning, he had a vision and a rhetoric that inspired hope and dedication for millions of people and future generations. I was so moved that about halfway through the drive I had to pull over because I was weeping.…

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Spotlight on Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes, incoming chair of Africana Studies

Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was recently named the incoming chair of the Department of Africana Studies.  In addition to her role in the departments of Africana Studies and Political Science, Professor Pinderhughes is the past president of the American

Political Science Association and the current First Vice President and Co-chair of the International Political Science Association's World Congress to be held in Poznan, Poland in July of 2016. …

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Caring Education, Joyful Learning, and Human Integrity: Maria McKenna at TEDxUND

Maria McKenna, director of undergraduate studies in Notre Dame's Department of Africana Studies, believes education should be a source of joy for students, rather than a source of frustration. In this TEDX talk, she makes a solid case that we all need spaces where we can realize the exuberance and passion that is critical to learning, exploring, and creating.…

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