Outreach

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.

Events

Afro-Latinx Poetry Now

McKenna Hall Conference Center

The Institute for Latino Studies and the Initiative on Race and Resilience present Afro-Latinx Poetry Now, September 27–28, 2022, at the University of Notre Dame's McKenna Hall Conference Center. 

The six in-person sessions that make up Afro-Latinx Poetry Now will be live-streamed and recorded. Our invited poets, in addition to performing their work in the evenings, will each also deliver a talk on an Afro-Latinx poet of their choosing.…

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Afro-Latinx Poetry Now

McKenna Hall Conference Center

The Institute for Latino Studies and the Initiative on Race and Resilience present Afro-Latinx Poetry Now, September 27–28, 2022, at the University of Notre Dame's McKenna Hall Conference Center. 

The six in-person sessions that make up Afro-Latinx Poetry Now will be live-streamed and recorded. Our invited poets, in addition to performing their work in the evenings, will each also deliver a talk on an Afro-Latinx poet of their choosing.…

Read More about Afro-Latinx Poetry Now

News

A Letter Sent on Behalf of Dr. Mark A. Sanders: Buffalo Murders

Mourning the Murders in Buffalo


Dear Friends,
Just as Notre Dame was celebrating its graduates this past Saturday, a white supremacist murdered ten African Americans in a Tops Friendly Markets store (due to redlining, the only supermarket in this Black neighborhood) in Buffalo, New York. The fact that this has happened again, and that the perpetrator (again) acted with such efficient intent is both chilling and incomprehensible in a way that nearly outstrips our capacity to rationalize such a tragedy.…

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English and Africana studies alumna Geraldine Mukumbi named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Notre Dame alumna Geraldine Mukumbi has been named a 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholar. She is Notre Dame’s second consecutive Knight-Hennessy Scholar and third in the past four years. An English and Africana studies major, she will now pursue a doctorate in curriculum studies and teacher education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She is interested in interventions in the English classroom that can inspire students to be lifelong readers — particularly, the role that young adult fiction can play in improving the quality of literacy for multilingual students.

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2022 Senior Thesis Projects for Africana Studies

2022 Senior Thesis Projects

The Department of Africana Studies would like to highlight a collection of senior thesis projects completed by students that are associated with our department in the College of Arts & Letters Class of 2022. We are so proud of our scholars for completing hours of original research, interviews, practice, analysis, writing, and creative work to contribute to academic scholarship and our department. Join us in congratulating and highlighting our seniors as they have completed their 2022 Senior Thesis projects. …

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