About the Field

We believe that African American Studies offers an extraordinary bibliography which, in many ways, equips students, and all those who study the field, to become global citizens.

The following question is often, and rightfully, asked of African American Studies scholars by the public: What can we as scholars actually do from our positions of relative comfort and security in order to produce true change?

To address racial inequality, our department believes that we must:

  1. Respond to the persistence of inequality and the practices that lead to it, and
  2. Respond to the massive upwards distribution of wealth.

Many scholarly pursuits in African American Studies are inevitably tied to one — or both — of these two aspects.

So we continually work to build the bridge between the theoretical and the practical. We understand that knowledge gained in the classroom translates in the world in very concrete and practical ways, especially in terms of how we address problems of persistent racial inequality and other structural barriers that continually confront our communities.

Latest in the AAS 21 Repertoire

Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture
Hortense Spillers
Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human
A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging
Dionne Brand
Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Upcoming Events

Bobby McFerrin, "CIRCLESONGS"
Sep 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept
Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 5, 2018
i am my ancestors’ wildest dreams: contemporary cultures of black impossibility
Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
Amanda Seales Performs
Oct 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Nov 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Anita Hill Lecture
Apr 10, 2019 @ 4:30 pm