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Imani Perry’s ‘Japan and Black America’ Global Seminar Examines Cultural Sharing, Borrowing and Exchange

Every summer, Princeton University students travel overseas for unique six-week courses to explore the international dimensions of their academic interests. This year, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will launch four new Global Seminars — including “Japan and Black America: A Long Road of Discovery” in Kyotonabe, Japan, with Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies. The seminar will examine the abundant and complex cultural sharing, borrowing and exchange between Japanese and Black American cultures. “In jazz, hip hop, manga and fashion, to name just a few areas, [there are] many examples of a history of cultural flows and borrowing between Japan and Black America,” said Perry. “I am curious about the social, global-political and aesthetic foundations of this flow. This course is an opportunity to explore these connections.”

Professor Wendy Laura Belcher Awarded Paul Hair Prize for Best Translation

The Paul Hair Prize is presented in odd-numbered years to recognize the best critical edition or translation into English of primary source materials on Africa published during the preceding two years. The award is administered by the Association for the Preservation and Publication of African Historical Sources (APPAHS). It is announced at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting. The 2017 prize has been awarded to The Life Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman, edited and translated by Wendy Laura Bulcher and Michael Kleiner. Professor Belcher is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Princeton University. Her co-translator is the historian Michael Kleiner.

To ‘Joy: A Symposium on Black Feminist Histories Honors the Work of Professor Tera Hunter

Tera W. Hunter’s To ‘Joy My Freedom: Black Women’s Lives and Labors after the Civil War has had an immeasurable impact on a number of dynamic overlapping areas of inquiry including black feminist history, African American Studies, Southern History and Labor History. The anniversary of its 1997 publication presents a unique opportunity for a forward-looking consideration of the generative dynamism of these fields, generously hosted by the University of Virginia, December 1-2, 2017. The book’s crucial interventions, innovative methods and eloquent prose continue to inform and inspire intersectional studies in these and other fields. This intimate symposium invites scholars to reflect upon Hunter’s pivotal intervention through presentations of their own in-progress work, and insights on new directions in black feminist scholarship.

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Unemployment
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
May 2016
African American Unemployment Rate is at or Below its Pre-Recession Level
Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
Hispanic Unemployment Rate is at or Below its Pre-Recession Level
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina
White Unemployment Rate is at or Below its Pre-Recession Level
in 24 states
Wealth
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts
2015
African American Household Earning Between $25,000 and $50,000
Emergency savings of $400
Hispanic Household Earning Between $25,000 and $50,000
Emergency savings of $700
White Household Earning Between $25,000 and $50,000
Emergency savings of $2100
Poverty
Source: United States Census Bureau
2014
States with Greatest African American Poverty Rate
Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, and Wisconsin
States with Greatest Hispanic Poverty Rate
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Rhode Island
States with Greatest White Poverty Rate
Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia

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