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Pinderhughes is Recipient of 2021 President's Award

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The University of Notre Dame is proud to present the 2021 President’s Award to Dianne Pinderhughes. The President’s Award recognizes a member of the faculty and/or the administration for distinguished service to the University over an extended period of time. An outstanding ambassador for Notre Dame and its academic community, Dianne Pinderhughes is a political scientist who studies inequality, American civil society institutions, and voting rights policy. She has served as president of the American Political Science Association and vice president of the International Political Science Association, among many other professional appointments. Her dedication to her students and colleagues is evident not only in her leadership of the Department of Africana Studies, which she has chaired for the past six years, but also her abiding commitment to speaking with campus groups about race relations, diversity, and inclusion. Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2019, she is an exceptional mentor for junior faculty, particularly

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Faculty milestones, promotions, and awards mark the end of 2020–21 academic year

On Tuesday (May 25), Marie Lynn Miranda, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost at the University of Notre Dame, announced the winners of several annual awards as part of a broader recognition of all those Notre Dame faculty members who have achieved career milestones this spring.

Faculty Milestones and Promotions

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2021 Senior Thesis Projects

Recently, four graduates of Africana Studies, Rae'Vonne Barnes, Tonaysia Price, Malik Tropez, and Tia Wilson have completed a diverse array of senior thesis projects for 2021, all the while, earning internships for the year 2021. They have worked so hard on these projects for the last year of 2020-2021. The Department of Africana Studies is honored and proud to recognize these seniors and their dedication to the Africana Studies' field. …

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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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Morrell joins Center for Applied Linguistic's Board

Starting January 2021, Klau Center faculty fellow Dr. Ernest Morrell joins the Center for Applied Linguistics’s Board of Trustees for a 3-year term. A well-respected leader in the field of English education, the African Diaspora, and Media and Popular Culture, Dr. Morrell brings over a decade of research and writing experience to the board of 12.

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Justice Alan Page MLK Day Talk

University of Notre Dame alumnus and retired former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page challenged the idea of originalism with respect to the U.S. Constitution and proposed revisiting the founding document every 50 years during an hour-long conversation with G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “Our Constitution is grounded in racial bias,” said Page, a 1967 Notre Dame graduate and member of the college and pro football halls of fame. “If we’re going to go back to the words of Jefferson and Lincoln and Madison and decide how we live today, those words were grounded in slavery. How do we untether ourselves from that?”

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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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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…

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Notre Dame launches interdisciplinary Initiative on Race and Resilience

The University of Notre Dame has launched the Initiative on Race and Resilience, a new interdisciplinary program focused on the redress of systemic racism and the support of communities of color both within and beyond the Notre Dame campus. Led by the College of Arts & Letters with additional support from the Office of the Provost, the initiative will bring together scholars and students in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and other disciplines to challenge systemic racism and promote racial equity through research, education, and community empowerment. 

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Dayonni Phillips: Winner of University of Notre Dame Library Research Award

Africana Studies would like to congratulate one of our talented recent graduate students, Dayonni Phillips for being one of the 2020 Library Research Award Winners. The annual award is given for excellence in use of library materials and high quality scholarship. Phillips' senior thesis, "You Control the Media, You Control the Masses; The Implementation of a Ban on Isla Mujeres Mexico: The Intersection of Norms, Law, and Economy."

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Message to Africana

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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Pulte Institute for Global Development to host 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Pulte Institute for Global Development, part of the Keough School for Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, is proud to announce its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, the Pulte Institute will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging Business leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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