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

Senior Thesis Reception

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The Forum at Jenkins Nanovic

Dean Sarah Mustillo will host the College’s annual reception for undergraduate students who have completed a senior thesis project in Arts and Letters. The gathering is designed to recognize this group of dedicated students — along with their advisors and mentors — for all of their hard work. 

Learn more

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Finally Fridays!

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Facebook Live in Group

Finally Friday’s are weekly meetings hosted by us where we bring together students, faculty, and staff to discuss a particular hot topic that is of interest to our community. We will be hosting Finally Friday’s each Friday for the rest of the semester on the Africana Studies Department’s Facebook Live! Make sure you follow the page and stay connected with all things Africana, we want to know how everyone is doing! The first Finally Friday of the semester will take place next Friday March 27th at 5pm.…

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Finally Fridays!

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Facebook Live in Group

Finally Friday’s are weekly meetings hosted by us where we bring together students, faculty, and staff to discuss a particular hot topic that is of interest to our community. We will be hosting Finally Friday’s each Friday for the rest of the semester on the Africana Studies Department’s Facebook Live! Make sure you follow the page and stay connected with all things Africana, we want to know how everyone is doing! The first Finally Friday of the semester will take place next Friday March 27th at 5pm.…

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Finally Fridays!

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Facebook Live in Group

Finally Friday’s are weekly meetings hosted by us where we bring together students, faculty, and staff to discuss a particular hot topic that is of interest to our community. We will be hosting Finally Friday’s each Friday for the rest of the semester on the Africana Studies Department’s Facebook Live! Make sure you follow the page and stay connected with all things Africana, we want to know how everyone is doing! The first Finally Friday of the semester will take place next Friday March 27th at 5pm.…

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News

Message to Africana Family

Students, Africana Studies Faculty colleagues, Affiliated Faculty, Alumni, Parents, Staff, and friends. 

The COVID – 19 virus has reshaped all our worlds in lightning fast speed.  We are working from home, preparing to teach our students online, meeting on zoom, learning how to approach our teaching synchronously (meeting regularly as a class) and asynchronously (meeting at different times and dates), and trying to stay a safe distance from each other.  Students have had to move off campus, request their books and computers be sent home, and now that classes will NOT resume before the end of the semester, figure out how to accept that they will be Notre Dame graduates, some of you, without even having the chance to interact with friends and classmates in all the ordinary ways they used to take for granted.  Our staff, Miss Gayle that’s you!, are in and out, but largely working from home, trying to figure out how to do all sorts of things without routine access to equipment and materials, and how for the moment at least, do it by cell phone. It would be exciting, except that it’s very scary, unpredictable and we have no idea when it will end.

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