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

Identity and Belonging: Highlighting Diverse Voices in the Classroom and the Dorm (rescheduled from January)

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Identity and Belonging Town Hall poster

Join administrators, rectors, professors, and students in a town hall meeting to reflect on issues of identity and differences on Notre Dame’s campus. Come voice your opinion on how to bring about structural changes in both classroom and dorm settings.

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Passing in Plain Sight: Fortune and Family Across the Color Line in Mississippi (American Studies Colloquium)

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Kathryn Schumaker received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. A specialist in twentieth century United States history, Schumaker teaches courses on gender, race, and social movements in the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage. Her research interests include legal, African American, and urban history and the history of childhood and youth.…

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News

How a Notre Dame faculty member and alumnus are connecting black students to financial services firms — and helping them land jobs and internships 

After Kaleem Minor graduates with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of Arts and Letters this spring, he’ll head to California for a job he’d never dreamed of.  In fact, less than a year ago, the soon-to-be analyst for a $35 billion alternative investment firm knew next to nothing about the world of finance. A trip over spring break last year changed his perspective — and his career path. Minor was one of 16 black Notre Dame students who participated in an “alternative investment trek” to the West Coast to learn more about careers in the financial services industry. 

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Africana Studies Professors Maria McKenna, Richard Pierce tapped to lead AnBryce Scholars Initiative

Maria McKenna and Richard Pierce have been appointed co-directors of the AnBryce Scholars Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, a scholar leaders program supporting first-generation college students who demonstrate great promise in the face of challenging life circumstances.

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