Press Release

We focus on highlighting the recent progress of members of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University; this will include student spotlights, faculty highlights, event recaps, and much more.

  • El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale

    Friday, Mar 8, 2019

    El Anatsui's survey exhibition "Triumphant Scale" at Haus der Kunst – the first ever in Europe – is the most comprehensive and detailed presentation of his oeuvre thus far. Occupying the entire East Wing, the exhibition comprises key works from five decades of the artist's career. At the core of the exhibition, which focuses on the triumphant and monumental nature of El Anatsui's groundbreaking oeuvre, are the bottle-cap works from the last two decades, with their majestic, imposing presence and dazzling colors.

  • AAS Graduate Certificate Students Awarded Fellowships in Support of Independent Research

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    by AAS21

    This spring several Princeton University graduate students pursuing graduate certification in the Department of African American Studies earned awards and fellowships to support continued research in African American Studies and intersecting fields. The graduate certificate provides an opportunity for graduate students to complement doctoral studies in their home department with coordinated interdisciplinary training in African American Studies.

  • Professor Emerita Nell Painter in Residence at the Brodsky Center

    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    by AAS21

    The primary mission of the Brodsky Center is to enable groundbreaking artists, both established and emerging, to create new work in paper and print. Artists-in-residence are invited to engage in one-on-one collaborations with the Brodsky Center’s master printers and papermakers. These experts and innovators make it possible for artists to translate their vision into a media that may be new to them. Since the Brodsky Center was conceived, diversity has been central to its mission and has consistently supported women and artists of color.

  • Professor Tera Hunter Publishes the First Comprehensive History of African American Marriage in the Nineteenth Century

    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    by AAS21

    Uncovering the experiences of African American spouses in plantation records, legal and court documents, and pension files, Tera W. Hunter reveals the myriad ways couples adopted, adapted, revised, and rejected white Christian ideas of marriage. Setting their own standards for conjugal relationships, enslaved husbands and wives were creative and, of necessity, practical in starting and supporting families under conditions of uncertainty and cruelty

  • Professor Ruha Benjamin Receives 2017 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching

    Thursday, Jun 8, 2017
    by AAS21

    A committee of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and academic administrators selected the winners from nominations by students, faculty colleagues and alumni. The awards were established in 1991 through a gift by Princeton alumni Lloyd Cotsen of the Class of 1950 and John Sherrerd of the Class of 1952 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching by Princeton faculty members. Each winner receives a cash prize of $5,000, and their departments each receive $3,000 for the purchase of new books.

  • Professor Wendy Laura Belcher Awarded Paul Hair Prize for Best Translation

    Monday, Nov 27, 2017
    by AAS21

    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.

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

    Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
    by AAS21

    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 

  • The 2018 James Baldwin Lecture, “The Dramatist’s Call to Action,” by Brian E. Herrera

    Monday, Apr 9, 2018

    The annual James Baldwin Lecture series was launched March 29, 2006 with the inaugural lecture presented by Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Princeton University Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values. The series aims to celebrate the work of Princeton faculty and to provide an occasion for the intellectual community to reflect on the issue of race and American democracy. The lectures also honor the work of the late essayist James Baldwin, one of America’s most powerful cultural critics.

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