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Department of African American Studies offers the opportunity for study, research, and community involvement in African American Studies and enables students to explore cultural, literary, historical, socioeconomic and other issues affecting African Americans as well as the link with continental Africa and the Caribbean areas.

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Africa Initiative


The Africa Initiative of Syracuse University is a University campus-wide project located in the Department of African American Studies in The College of Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the Initiative is to focus on Africa as an important site of knowledge by highlighting teaching, research and publication work by Syracuse University scholars representing a variety of disciplines including the arts, humanities, social & natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and others.



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The M.A. in Pan African Studies is a 30-credit program offering students a comprehensive understanding of the global African experience.

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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Renate M. “Rennie” Simson

Mar 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Renate M. “Rennie” Simson Thursday, March 2, 5-7 pm in Sims Hall 219 Schedule...