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

Kellogg Lecture: Rethinking Black Mobilization in Latin America: Lessons from Brazil

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Hesburgh Center C103

The Kellogg Institute welcomes Tianna PaschelAssociate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, at the University of California Berkeley.

Black mobilization in Latin America has long been cast as a story of absence. Both scholars who saw the region as a kind of racial paradise and those that challenged such characterizations agreed that effective black mobilization was not likely. In this talk, Paschel deploys examples of recent mobilization by Brazil’s black movement to rethink the nature, challenges, and outcomes of black mobilization in this region. She suggests that even while there have been many impediments to successful mobilization, black movements have reconfigured their respective states and societies in both expected and unexpected ways. …

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The Africana Studies Club Presents: Research Symposium 2019

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500 Main Building

The Africana Studies Club is proud to present Research Symposium 2019! The Research Symposium is an event designed to foster collaboration between students and faculty centered around their respective research endeavors. We invite faculty, staff, and students of all years who have completed research projects, are in the midst of completing research, or are simply interested in seeing what research can look like. No matter what stage your research is in, we want to hear about it! The Africana Studies Club is excited to provide an inclusive space for members and supporters of the Africana community to share their research that may or may not be centered around Africana Studies. Again, you do not have to conduct Africana Studies research to participate! Even if you have no interest in research at all, come and support your peers and mentors in sharing their interests! …

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Creative Writing Reading Series ft. LaTasha Diggs

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Snite Auditorium

Interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs was born and raised in Harlem. She studied at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and earned an MA at New York University and an MFA at California College of the Arts.
 
Diggs’s work is truly hybrid: languages and modes are grafted together and furl out insistently from each bound splice. In a review of TwERK

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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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