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Africana Studies

Prof. Yvette Christiansë co-teaching Africana studies course with colleague in South Africa.

New faculty members strengthen the Africana studies program and establish new courses of study. Read more about these renowned scholars.

Michelle Smith, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, examines the intellectual underpinnings of black cultural critic Alain Locke’s defense of black art as a source of democratic judgment.

Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University, considers how our definition of the American Dream is tied up in the concept of “home,” and what this means in our current climate of mortgage foreclosures and an ever-widening income gap.

Edwidge Danticat ’90 comes to campus to launch the Distinguished Alumna Speaker Series and discuss how peril and risk can ignite the artistic process.

International peacekeeping works better when the people trying to do that job pay attention to local conflicts in the countries they are trying to help.

So says Severine Autesserre,  a Barnard College political scientist who has won the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for the ideas set forth in her book, “The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding.”

International peacekeeping works better when the people trying to do that job pay attention to local conflicts in the countries they are trying to help.

So says Severine Autesserre,  a Barnard College political scientist who has won the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for the ideas set forth in her book, “The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding.”

Distinguished alumna Edwidge Danticat '90 returns to campus to share her new book, Create Dangerously, and to discuss what inspires her and drives her storytelling.

Come join us for the first ever chance to speak your piece on a variety of topics. All are welcome. Get there early to sign up; spaces are limited!

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