Africana Studies

Critical approaches to better conceptualize and engage with the complex and distinctive experiences, lives, and contributions of peoples of African descent.

The Africana Studies program offers:

Students of Africana Studies experience alternative epistemological approaches, theories, and paradigms that enable them to better conceptualize, explain, and incorporate the contemporary interests and concerns of the majority of the world’s peoples and their societies.

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by level: 100200300400

Our distinguished faculty’s publications

Prof. McKinley E. Melton, Paxton Endowed Teaching Chair, Associate Professor of English, and chair of the Advisory Board for Furious Flower Poetry Center, the nation’s first academic center dedicated to Black Poetry, is proud to announce the launch of the #FuriousFlowerSyllabus: Opening the World of Black Poetry. Dr. Melton, in collaboration with the Furious Flower Advisory Board, facilitated a gathering of more than 20 scholars, poets, and educators from across the country to create syllabi, unit plans, lesson plans, classroom exercises, assignments, and organized lectures, culminating in a more than 125-page interactive document that features 150 acclaimed poets.

Events

The Africana Studies program co-sponsors the Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture on Social and Economic Justice in the fall of every academic year. The lecture is in its 14th year. Learn more about Derrick K. Gondwe.