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Center for Africa and the Diaspora


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The Center for Africa and the Diaspora was established within the Institute on Black Life in order to encourage and support research and scholarship on issues directly relevant to people of the African continent and the African Diaspora, particularly in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.  The mission of the Center is to facilitate and promote knowledge production –through research and scholarly exchange—on African history and culture and to develop research foci on complex issues relevant to the lives of contemporary Africans.  This includes issues related to health, economics, gender and violence, politics, genocide and dislocation.

The Center for Africa and the Diaspora has supported activities such as student travel to the African continent, a project in Cameroon, seminars on critical issues in Africa, a host of cultural activities and an annual conference for local grade school students entitled, “Many Faces of Africa”.

In collaboration with Africana Studies faculty, the Center is developing research and teaching projects in Ghana, West Africa and Haiti.  Relevant courses in the Africana Studies curriculum include:

AFS 2250 Culture and Society in Africa
AFA 3100 African History to 1850
AFA 3200 African History Since 1850
AFA 4150 Africa and the United States
AFA 4333 The African Diaspora
AFA 4931 Globalization in Africa
AFA 4931 Health in the Diaspora
AFA 4931 Haiti: Legacy of Resilience and Freedom
AFA 6805 African Historiography
AFA 6932 Women in Africa and the African Diaspora
LAS 4023 African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean