The Center for Afro-American Studies was established in 1972, and began granting degrees within the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979. The Center became the Department of Africana Studies in 1993, and the Department of African and African American Studies in 1999.

40th Anniversary Events (2012-2013)

September 20       Retrieving the History of the Black Atlantic
                             Mini-Conference, presentations by three scholars
                             Stalker Hall 102, 7:00-9:00

October 20           Student Activism at I. S. U.: Founding the African and African
                            American Studies Program
                            Public Forum, University Hall Theater, 3:00-4:30
                            Reception following, University Hall Atrium

November 27        Isabel Wilkerson, author of Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story
                            of America's Great Migration  Public Lecture on the book, University Hall      
                            Theater, 7:00- Reception and book signing following, University Hall Atrium

February 10          School of Music Wind and Percussion Scholarship Concert
                            Directed by Prof. Roby George, I. S. U. School of Music
                            “American Guernica,” a dedicated to the victims of the 16th Street
                            Baptist Church bombing, and pieces honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
                            and Rosa Parks; guest performers are Mojah Tuba, including Prof.
                            Jimmy Finney, I. S. U. School of Music
                            Tilson Music Hall, 4:00-6:00

March 5               Thavolia Glymph, Duke University, historian of slavery and southern women,
                            author of Out of the House of Bondage:  The Transformation of the                                  Plantation Household. Public Lecture, “Rosa's War: Enslaved Women in i                            the  Battle for Freedom in the Civil War,” University Hall Theater, 7:00 PM

April 26                Arnold Rampersad, Stanford University, scholar of African and
                            African American Studies and History, author of Jackie Robinson:
                            A Biography -Public Lecture, “The Life and Legacy of Jackie Robinson,” Dede                               I, 7:30 pm.

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