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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.


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.



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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Upcoming Events

Graduate Talk: Living Legacies of Pan-Africanism: Walter Rodney on Russia, Underdevelopment and Grounding

Mar 29, 2019, 10:00 AM

219 Sims

Please mark your calendar to attend the upcoming graduate talk with Dr. Jesse Benjamin. Lunch will be served....

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**SAVE THE DATE** John L. Johnson Lecture: “Chicago and the Black Arts Movement"

Feb 28, 2019, 6:00 PM

Welcome everyone. Save the date for AAS's fourth John L. Johnson Lecture. It takes place on March 20 at 5pm at a venue TBD. It features Thabiti Lewis, Associate Professor of English and African Americ...

New CFAC Exhibit to Honor Black History, Women's History Months

Feb 22, 2019, 5:00 PM

A new CFAC exhibit, "A Time for Joy and a Time for Sorrow" by M.A. student Spencer Stultz '17, will open at the Community Folk Art Center on Friday, February 22, 2019. The opening reception is from 5-...