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.

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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.

Events

The Lamentations of Jeremiah: An Intergenerational Conversation on the Crises of Our Time

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Zoom Webinar

In Honor of Black History Month, join Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., an outspoken civil rights advocate, and Minister Tiauna Boyd Webb, the first Wright scholar to graduate from Chicago Theological Seminary, for an intergenerational conversation on building a more just and peaceful world.

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The Life and Legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA Servant of God: A Facilitated Conversation with the Rev. Maurice Nutt, C.Ss.R.

Virtual

The granddaughter of a slave, a native of Canton, Mississippi, and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Sr. Thea Bowman taught in Catholic grade schools, high schools and colleges, earned a doctoral degree in rhetoric and literature from Catholic University of America and published scholarly articles on the writings of Saint Thomas More.

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News

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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The Department of Africana Studies Statement on the January 6 Insurrection on Capitol Hill:

On the Behalf of The Department of Africana Studies,

We write after the invasion of the US Capitol by Trump supporters. The ‘insurrection’ has generated enormous dismay and conflict in the nation and around the world. The Africana Studies faculty convey our own condemnation of the attack on the US Capitol. We know that a public statement will not necessarily change the environment, but it can contribute to an understanding of the importance of our nation’s democratic life.…

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