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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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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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Stop by at the end of summer

Aug 25, 2017, 4:00 PM

200 Sims Hall

Enjoy the summer.  Please visit in August for a list of first semester events....

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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...

Rennie Simson Remembered for Her Many Contributions

Mar 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

When Renate “Rennie” Simson joined the Syracuse University faculty in 1979 as a full-time instructor, African American studies (AAS) was just being established as a department in the ...