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Dianne Pinderhughes Chairs Research Institute on Democratic Governance

Dianne Pinderhughes, president’s distinguished professor in the departments of Africana studies and political science at the University of Notre Dame, has been named cochair of the new Civic Engagement and Governance Institute launched by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C.

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New History Faculty Share Colonial Interests

The Department of History’s two newest faculty members share a common interest in colonialism, although their research has led them to explore this issue in different parts of the globe. Rebecca Tinio McKenna, whose research has focused on the Philippines, and Paul Ocobock, a scholar of Africa, both join the University of Notre Dame as assistant professors this fall. Ocobock is one of four Africa scholars the College of Arts and Letters hired this year in the departments of history, sociology, and political science.

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Anthropologist Catherine Bolten Reveals Human Side of Sierra Leone

An army officer betrayed by the government and put on trial for a treasonous crime he didn’t commit. A market trader who forges an alliance with a rebel leader in order to feed her starving children. And a man who almost gets himself killed several times in order to get food for his pregnant wife. These are among the scores of survivors Notre Dame anthropologist Catherine Bolten came to know during more than seven years researching post–war Sierra Leone.

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Notre Dame’s First Year Dean Hugh Page edits new book on Africana biblical studies

Hugh Page

“The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora,” a new book edited by Hugh R. Page Jr., dean of the First Year of Studies and associate professor of Theology and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame, recently was published by Fortress Press.

Page directed a team of editors from the Society of Biblical Literature’s African-American Biblical Hermeneutics Section in gathering a groundbreaking collection of essays by biblical scholars from Africa and the African Diaspora.

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Colleges announce teaching award winners

Richard Pierce

Richard Pierce, John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of History and chair of the Department of Africana Studies, has been named the recipient of the Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Letters.

Established by an anonymous donor, the award has been given annually since 1970 in memory of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., former dean of the college.…

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A Major Happening

Rhea Boyd “taught us why we need an Africana Studies major,” says Richard Pierce, associate professor of history and director of the almost year-old Africana studies department…

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New department of Africana Studies established

The University of Notre Dame has established a new Department of Africana Studies, effective July 1.The new department will replace the existing African and African-American Studies Program (AFAM) and will enhance the Universitys efforts to promote diversity and multiculturalism.

Housed in the humanities division of theCollegeofArtsand Letters, the Department of Africana Studies will offer an interdisciplinary curriculum in which undergraduates study the African-American experience; the histories, literatures, political systems, arts, economies and religions of the African continent; and the African diaspora – the global dispersion of people of African descent.…

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