Center for African Studies Receives DOE Title VI Grant

Posted Tue, 07 Oct 2014

Merle Bowen has received word that the Center for African Studies has been awarded the Department of Education Title VI grant for both the NRC (National Resource Center) and FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies Program). Additional details are found at The awards total approximately $2.7 million in funding support. As Professor Bowen has stated, “This is the first major grant bestowed on our newly formed consortium between CAS and the Program in African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern University. We are excited about working together with our partner institutions on many of the fabulous programs detailed in the proposal.” In addition, we are pleased that one of the project’s outreach initiatives includes work with Malcolm X College, one of Chicago’s community colleges, a priority which has been of interest to African American Studies. The Department of African American Studies extends our warm congratulations and we look forward to working with our colleagues in the Center for African Studies to realize the goals of this important initiative.

"Blackness, Gender, & Contemporary African Dance: African Gallery Community Forum II"

Posted Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Please join us for African Gallery Community Forum II: Blackness, Gender, and Contemporary African Dance, featuring C. Kemal Nance, lecturer in Dance; with Anne Lutomia, doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership; Erik McDuffie, associate professor in African American Studies; Sam Smith, engagement director of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Social Work; and Rory James, director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center. This engaging, interactive discussion and performance will take place in the Krannert Art Museum African Gallery and Gelvin Noel Gallery. It is free and open to the public.

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Faye Harrison Featured in Inside Illinois "New Faces 2014"

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014

Faye Harrison, Professor in the Department of African American Studies, is featured in the October 2 issue of Inside Illinois as one of several "New Faces" on campus this fall.

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Christopher Fennell Named University Scholar

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014

Christopher Fennell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is one of 14 faculty members across the three campuses to receive the University Scholar Award. Faculty members were nominated and selected by peers. University Scholars are recognized for exceptional achievements across the many fields of research fundamental to the University. The award acknowledges the excellence of their accomplishments while symbolizing the University's commitment to fostering outstanding faculty. Professor Fennell also holds appointments in the Department of African American Studies, the College of Law, and the Department of Landscape Architecture. Congratulations!

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Posted Thu, 11 Sep 2014

The Department of African American Studies has issued the following statement regarding a vote of "no confidence" in Chancellor Phyllis Wise, President Robert Easter, and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

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Posted Tue, 09 Sep 2014

In late August, the Department of African American Studies issued the following official statement regarding the hiring of Steven Salaita, the death of Michael Brown, and the events affecting the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. The statement has been sent to the Board of Trustees, University administration, and campus administration.

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List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent

Posted Wed, 10 Sep 2014

Congratulations to DAAS faculty and teaching assistants "Ranked as Excellent" by their students! SPRING 2014: Robin Jarrett (AFRO 495), Erik McDuffie (AFRO 101, AFRO 261), Desiree McMillion (AFRO 100), and Maria Valgoi (AFRO 101). SUMMER 2014: Nicole Anderson-Cobb (AFRO 410).

Call for Proposals--Association for Black Culture Centers

Posted Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) invites you to submit proposals for presentations at the 24th Annual ABCC Conference. This year's theme is "Culture Centers in Higher Education: 45 Years of Identity, Innovation & Intersectionality." ABCC Conference Subtopics: +Grooming the Next Generation of Culture Center Staff and Administrators +Using Social Media for Student Protests and Social Activism +Black Student Recruitment, Retention and Matriculation +Historical Significance of Black Student Associations +Experiences of Black Millennials +Working with Students with Intersecting Identities +Recent Research on Culture Centers +Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Center Programming +Engaging Graduate & Professional Students +Performing Arts Groups within Culture Centers +Campus Climate and Navigating Bias Incidents +Creating a Culture of Assessment among Center Staff Abstract proposals (250-300 words) should be submitted electronically by Friday, August 1, 2014 to: Dr. Fred Hord, Executive Director & ABCC Founder, at:

Loewen to Appear on "This is America & the World" with Dennis Wholey

Posted Thu, 17 Jul 2014

This weekend Dennis Wholey hosts a powerful roundtable of sociologists from four leading area universities – American, George Washington, Catholic and Georgetown – to talk about America. The conversation focuses on questions of who we are, how America is changing and what our future may be. Guests include Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America, James W. Loewen, Ph.D.; Professor of Sociology at American University, Celine-Marie Pascale, Ph.D.; Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, Leslie R. Hinkson, Ph.D.; and Professor of Sociology at George Washington University, Daniel E. Martinez, Ph.D. Check your local PBS listings for show times (July 18-20).

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Cha-Jua Featured on UIUC's "A Minute With....."

Posted Tue, 01 Jul 2014

Associate Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua is featured in this week's "A Minute With..." on the UIUC campus homepage. Sundiata discusses the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law on July 2, 1964.

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Kevin Franklin Publishes Chapter in "The New Development Paradigm"

Posted Tue, 01 Jul 2014

Kevin Franklin, Executive Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science, has published a chapter in the new book "The New Development Paradigm: Education, Knowledge Economy and Digital Futures", edited by Michael A. Peters, Tina Besley, and Daniel Araya. The book is published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.

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