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.

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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.


AFRICANA Excellence

AFRICANA Excellence 


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Alexandra Rice is a 2021 Doctorate of Medicine candidate at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. She grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016, double majoring in Science Pre-Professional Studies and Africana Studies. …

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Morrell Joins Board for the Center for Applied Linguistics

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Originally published by cal.org on January 22, 2021


Starting January 2021, Kellogg Faculty Fellow Ernest Morrell joins the Board of Trustee of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) for a three-year term. A well-respected leader in the field of English education, the African diaspora, and media and popular culture,  Morrell brings more than a decade of research and writing experience to the board of 12.…

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