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.

McDuffie and Mendenhall Named Romano Professorial Scholars

Posted Thu, 12 Jun 2014

Erik McDuffie and Ruby Mendenhall have both been named Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholars! The three-year appointments are based upon recognition of outstanding achievements in research and leadership on campus. Richard and Margaret Romano have generously served and supported the University of Illinois for more than 30 years. In addition to providing annual financial support to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in 2003 the Romanos created the Romano Professorial Scholar Program. This program provides significant support for the research of some of the College's most outstanding faculty members across many disciplines. McDuffie is an Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and History; Mendenhall is an Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology.

McDuffie Awarded a Short-Term Research Fellowship at the Newberry Library

Posted Fri, 06 Jun 2014

Associate Professor Erik McDuffie has been awarded a short-term research fellowship from the Newberry Library in Chicago. These fellowships are restricted to researchers who live and work outside of the Chicago area and who have a specific need for the Newberry collection. McDuffie will use his fellowship resources to conduct research for his next book project, "Garveyism and the Midwest."

Nettles Publishes Book

Posted Thu, 08 May 2014

Saundra Murray Nettles, Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education, recently published Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South (Information Age Publishers, 2013). In the book, Nettles "takes the reader on a journey into neighborhood networks of learning at different times and places. Using autobiographical accounts, Nettles discusses the informal instructional practices of community “coaches” from the perspective of African American adults who look back on their childhood learning experiences in homes, libraries, city blocks, schools, churches, places of business, and nature. These eyewitness accounts reveal "necessary spaces,” the metaphor Nettles uses to describe seven recurring experiences that converge with contemporary notions of optimal black child development: connection, exploration, design, empowerment, resistance, renewal, and practice."

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Mendenhall Featured on UIUC's "A Minute With...."

Posted Wed, 09 Apr 2014

Associate Professor Ruby Mendenhall is featured in this week's "A Minute With...." on the UIUC campus homepage. Ruby discusses the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and its effect for low- and moderate-income workers.

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