Statement on Anti-Black Violence and a Global Pandemic

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Professor Mutonya Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

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This interdisciplinary project involves graduate training and research focusing on the intersections of language, migration, urban settlement, and identity construction within enclaves of African immigrants residing in Nairobi.

Swahili students win U.S. Department of State Scholarships

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a competitive and intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American university students to study one of fifteen critical languages.

AFAS Majors Join the 28th Cohort of Mellon Mays Fellows

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Congratulations to Zari Muhammad and Kennedy Young!

WashU welcomes 28th cohort of Mellon Mays fellows

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As Mellon Mays fellows, undergraduates Jordan Coley, Yohanes Mulat, Zari Muhammad, Gabriela Senno and Kennedy Young will pursue original research projects that pertain to identity, social justice, and diversity.

‘Truths and Reckonings’: A Pop-up Memorial Museum

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The Kemper Museum exhibition “Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice,” curated by Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies Geoff Ward, combines the spirit of the “pop-up museum” phenomenon with the mission-driven ethos of a memorial museum. Citing its geographical and historical setting, Ward writes that St. Louis is a location particularly suited for telling this story.

Celebrating Black History Month

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Chemistry's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee remembers great African American scientists

Professor Sowande' Mustakeem receives the Dred Scott Freedom Award

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The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has named AFAS and History Professor Sowande' Mustakeem the recipient of its 2020 Dred Scott Freedom Award for her multiple award winning book Slavery at Sea.

Daphne A. Brooks and the History of Black Women’s ‘Radical Musicianship’

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In this lecture preview, performance studies scholar Paige McGinley interviews Faculty Book Celebration keynote speaker Daphne A. Brooks about her work on black sonic history and writing for popular and academic audiences, and gives a glimpse at the professor’s playlist. A frequent music critic whose work has appeared publications including “The Nation,” “Pitchfork” and “The Guardian,” Brooks is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, and Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.

Tracking the history of women’s welfare work in Ghana

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Adwoa Opong, a PhD student in history at Washington University and the first McDonnell International Scholar from the University of Ghana, researches the history of women’s social welfare work in Ghana after the Second World War, a history that she says became entangled in the politics of decolonization when Ghana declared its independence.

Meet Visiting Fellow Dorothy Pokua Agyepong

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In spring 2020, the Center for the Humanities will play host to Dorothy Pokua Agyepong, PhD, a linguist from the University of Ghana and the center’s first BECHS-Africa Fellow. Here, we ask her about her current research project, the intersection of humanities and linguistics, and what she is most looking forward to during her St. Louis sojourn.

AFAS Professor Ward serves as Scholar in Residence on Pursuing Justice Bus Tour

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Professor Ward worked with WashU students and Olin Library Data Services to develop a digital "Trip Tik" supporting reflection and learning on Pursuing Justice bus tour through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama

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