Students in the Department of African American Studies win Awards for Their Research

L to R: Miss Courtney Carr and Dr. Casarae L. Gibson 

April 17, 2019

Miss Courtney Carr, a Pan-African Studies student in the Department of African American Studies won the Carol Mills Young Study Abroad Scholarship given by the College Language Association (CLA) at their annual convention. The CLA was founded in 1937 by a group of Black scholars and educators in response to their denied acceptance into the Modern Language Associaton due to the explicit bias of the era. Today, scholars of color worldwide attend the conference as its members of English and Foreign Language backgrounds participate in academic, scholarly, and professional interests within the collegiate communities they represent. Miss Carr, who will complete a summer externship in Tanzania in the summer of 2019, will study female genital cutting and use the scholarship as part of her research subsidy. Dr. Casarae L. Gibson, assistant professor of African American Literature and Studies, is a member of CLA and served as faculty sponsor for Miss Carr's CLA proposal.

Miss Jo Johnson, an African American Studies major won an Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Grant (URCW). Miss Johnson is expected to conduct original research or creative works under the direction of a faculty mentor that promotes innovation, diversity, inclusion, and creativity. Dr. Linda Carty will serve as Miss Johnson's faculty mentor for the summer and fall of 2019. 

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

February 28, 2019

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 American Literature at Washington State University. The focus of his lecture will be “Chicago and the Black Arts Movement."

For more information see: JLJ19

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

February 22, 2019

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 5-7pm, and is free and open to the public. Read more about Stultz and the exhibit in this A&S News article.

Welcome to AAS Professor Tanisha Jackson

January 9, 2019

Welcome to AAS Professor Tanisha Jackson. She is the Community Folk Art Center's new Executive Director. More information on this appointment from the University will be released next in the first week of courses.


Reserve tickets for "Door of No Return" 315-442-2230

December 10, 2017
Door of No Return
Written and Performed by Nehassaiu DeGannes
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Admission Free
Tickets reserved at 315.442.2230
Sunday December 10, 2017 7pm
Monday December 11, 2017 12noon
Community Folk Art Center
805 East Genesee St.
For more on Nehassaiu deGannes’ upcoming residency at CFAC see:

SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR: Summer Session II: AAS 138 Writing About Culture (Prof. Omani Abdullah)

May 30, 2017

Seats are still available for:

Summer Session II: AAS 138 Writing About Culture (Prof. Omani Abdullah)
July 3-August 11, Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-11:45 am

**SAVE THE DATE"" Black Canada Field Trip

April 20, 2017

To reserve your seat please show proof of passport and pay $20 with Mrs. Regina Cole in Sims 200. (*Your RSVP payment will pay for your food while on tour.)

**SAVE THE DATE"" Black Canada Field Trip

April 20, 2017

To reserve your seat please show proof of passport and pay $20 with Mrs. Regina Cole in Sims 200. (*Your RSVP payment will pay for your food while on tour.)

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

March 2, 2017

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



Dr. Simson Read-Out


Dr. Simson Family

Final Words

Some refreshments will be available.

Also, please see the Facebook group, In Memory of Professor Renate Simson.

Rennie Simson Remembered for Her Many Contributions

March 1, 2017

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 College of Arts and Sciences. It had existed at the University for eight years as a stand-alone program, one that was underfunded and at risk of being discontinued.

She quickly delved in, passionate in her roles as a teacher and in working with her colleagues to build a strong and renowned department. In 1989, she helped to create the 13-Point Document, a set of bylaws that helped the department grow in faculty size, to bring esteemed scholars to campus and to create the master’s degree program in Pan-African studies.

Read the rest of the article at SU News.

1-year visiting position at the Assistant Professor level

May 18, 2016

The Department of African American Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University invites applications for a full-time, 1-year visiting position at the Assistant Professor level starting in August 2016. Required qualifications include a PhD in African American Studies or within a Social Science discipline (history, political science, sociology) with an emphasis in African American Studies; demonstrated excellence in teaching, and commitment to participating in a thriving interdisciplinary African American Studies Department.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses per semester, one which includes Research Methods in African American Studies course in the Fall. Other courses are assigned by the department based on student demand, along with successful candidate’s expertise. The current undergraduate curriculum (available on our website) offers courses in African, Caribbean, and African American History, African and African American Politics, and Black Sociology.

Go to, complete online application and attach cover letter which includes a statement of teaching philosophy, CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and contact information for three references by June 13, 2016. Evidence of teaching effectiveness may include teaching evaluations and/or sample syllabi. Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Skype by the end of June.

Information on the Department of African American Studies is on the Department's website. Inquiries can be directed to Dr. Kishi Animashaun Ducre,

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Print Pan African Studies Information Webinar Invitation

December 2, 2015

Please join us for the webinar presentation about the Pan African Studies (PAS) graduate degree program at Syracuse University with a basic review of the application process for applying for fall 2016 admission.

This presentation will be facilitated by Drs. Kishi Animashaun Ducre, Chairperson and Associate Professor and Horace Campbell, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of African American Studies (AAS).

For more information, please see the complete flyer

Dr John L Johnson Archive Video Excerpt

April 16, 2015

You can now view a clip of the John L. Johnson archive video at

Dr. John L Johnson was the first director of the African American Studies program, which was organized as both an academic subject and a tool for social change. His administrative roles were ultimately the intersection of his personal and professional passions.

From his biography at SU Archives:

While his work and contributions to the field of special education were significant in a practical way, Johnson’s diverse roles benefitted the University as a whole in much broader ways. He was a skilled professor, but the administrative positions he filled reflected his personal interests as well. Johnson was a vocal presence in the department and the community with regards to civil rights, social inequalities, and institutional racism. When nine African American football players were reprimanded for boycotting practice in 1970, citing racial discrimination, Johnson served on the committee investigating the incident. He coordinated the Croton-on-Campus program, which brought local school children from inner city schools to classrooms on campus to provide learning opportunities they would otherwise not have. Johnson was appointed Assistant Provost for Minority Group Affairs in 1969, a position that allowed him to help develop the University’s policies on issues relating to minority groups.

Johnson resigned from Syracuse University in 1971 to become the associate superintendent of schools for specialized education in Washington, D.C. Throughout the rest of his life, Dr. John L. Johnson continued to balance his role as an educator and an activist and remained committed to finding solutions to problems of inequality.

Read more about Dr. Johnson or view his papers at SU Archives