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Department of Africana Studies Accepting Nominations for Student Awards

The Department of Africana Studies invites all interested students to apply for the following awards presented annually by the Department.  

Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award

Honoring the lives of Jupiter Hammon (1711- ca. 1806) and Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), this Department of Africana Studies award seeks to recognize excellence in the literary, performing, media, industrial, and heritage arts. Hammon and Wheatley were two of this nation’s earliest poets of African American descent. Awards are open to graduating seniors and graduate students for an original creation in poetry, dance, music, film, theatre, graphic design, and/or folk art related to the Diaspora. 

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Department of Africana Studies Accepting Nominations for Student Awards

The Department of Africana Studies invites all interested students to apply for the following awards presented annually by the Department.  

Hammon-Wheatley Creative Arts Award

Honoring the lives of Jupiter Hammon (1711- ca. 1806) and Phillis Wheatley (ca. 1753-1784), this Department of Africana Studies award seeks to recognize excellence in the literary, performing, media, industrial, and heritage arts. Hammon and Wheatley were two of this nation’s earliest poets of African American descent. Awards are open to graduating seniors and graduate students for an original creation in poetry, dance, music, film, theatre, graphic design, and/or folk art related to the Diaspora. 

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Political Scientist's New Book Shows Impact of Education on Voter Participation in Mali

Jaimie Bleck

In a new book, Education and Empowered Citizenship in Mali (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), Jaimie Bleck, an assistant professor of political science, explores the relationship between schooling, political knowledge, and political participation in Mali, where access to education nearly tripled in the two decades following the country’s 1991 transition to multiparty democracy.

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Africana Studies Major Emmie Mediate Named Rhodes Scholar

Emily Mediate

Emmie Mediate, a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2016. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mediate was one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 869 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. She is Notre Dame’s 17th Rhodes Scholar and the University’s second in two years.

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Africana Studies major Emmie Mediate named Rhodes Scholar

Emily Mediate

Emmie Mediate, a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2016. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mediate was one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from a pool of 869 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. She is Notre Dame’s 17th Rhodes Scholar and the University’s second in two years.

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Rahul Oka: Advocating for Refugees in Kenya

Rahul Oka

Anthropologist Rahul Oka has been working with UNHCR and the World Bank on a new refugee camp being built, helping create a template for refugee resettlement. “All the data we’ve collected, both qualitative and quantitative, will inform the new camp. My job is not to tell them that they need a paradigm shift," he said. "My job is to make sure that any development project in which I am involved is informed by on-the-ground analysis and is based on observed reality of local events and behaviors.”

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New History Faculty Members Share Interests in Africana Studies

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They bring expertise in subjects that span physical borders and chronological boundaries. They bring passion to their research and energy to their classrooms. And two of the six new faculty members joining Notre Dame’s Department of History this fall will bring their research and teaching into conversation with the Department of Africana Studies as affiliated faculty members.

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New History Faculty Members Share Interests in Africana Studies

Hurley Globe

They bring expertise in subjects that span physical borders and chronological boundaries. They bring passion to their research and energy to their classrooms. And two of the six new faculty members joining Notre Dame’s Department of History this fall will bring their research and teaching into conversation with the Department of Africana Studies as affiliated faculty members.

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Spotlight on Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes, incoming chair of Africana Studies

Dianne Pinderhughes

Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes was recently named the incoming chair of the Department of Africana Studies.  In addition to her role in the departments of Africana Studies and Political Science, Professor Pinderhughes is the past president of the American

Political Science Association and the current First Vice President and Co-chair of the International Political Science Association's World Congress to be held in Poznan, Poland in July of 2016. …

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Associate Professor Sophie White Wins NEH Fellowship

Sophie White

Associate Professor Sophie White, a concurrent faculty member in the Department of Africana Studies, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—her second NEH award in five years—for her book project, Voices of the African Diaspora Within and Beyond the Atlantic World. As one of two winners from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters for 2015, White continues the University’s record success in earning NEH fellowships. Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded a total of 53 NEH fellowships since 1999—more than any other university in the country.

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Associate Professor Sophie White Wins NEH Fellowship

Sophie White

Associate Professor Sophie White, a concurrent faculty member in the Department of Africana Studies, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—her second NEH award in five years—for her book project, Voices of the African Diaspora Within and Beyond the Atlantic World. As one of two winners from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters for 2015, White continues the University’s record success in earning NEH fellowships. Arts and Letters faculty members have been awarded a total of 53 NEH fellowships since 1999—more than any other university in the country.

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Truly Christian and African: Notre Dame theologian Paulinus Odozor’s new book

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The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis nearly two years ago is only one illustration of how the Catholic Church has become less concentrated in Europe and North America than in the southern hemisphere. Nearly half of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics live in Latin America, and the Catholic Church in Africa, home to the largest seminaries in the world, is growing at an annual rate of more than 3 percent.…

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Truly Christian and African: Notre Dame theologian Paulinus Odozor’s new book

Rev. Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp.

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis nearly two years ago is only one illustration of how the Catholic Church has become less concentrated in Europe and North America than in the southern hemisphere. Nearly half of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics live in Latin America, and the Catholic Church in Africa, home to the largest seminaries in the world, is growing at an annual rate of more than 3 percent.

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Alex Coccia Named Rhodes Scholar

Alex Coccia

Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.

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Africana Studies major Alex Coccia named Rhodes Scholar

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Alex Coccia, a 2014 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been selected to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. A Columbus, Ohio native, Coccia was selected from a pool of 877 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities. He is Notre Dame’s 15th Rhodes Scholar and first since 2002. This year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2015.…

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Sociologist Focuses On Intersection of Politics, Development in Africa

As a college student, Erin Metz McDonnell wanted “to experience a world view as completely different from my own as possible, a way of life that would take me out of my Midwestern comfort zone.” She chose Ghana and fell in love with the country. Now a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, McDonnell continues to explore the region in her research and teaching.

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Caring Education, Joyful Learning, and Human Integrity: Maria McKenna at TEDxUND

Maria McKenna, director of undergraduate studies in Notre Dame's Department of Africana Studies, believes education should be a source of joy for students, rather than a source of frustration. In this TEDX talk, she makes a solid case that we all need spaces where we can realize the exuberance and passion that is critical to learning, exploring, and creating.…

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