Welcome to Black Studies
Congratulations to Prof. Rowland Abiodun, Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies, on becoming the Principal Consultant for the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture & HistoryThe John Randle Centre
A book from one of our majors - Nyani Nkrumah '92 Set in 1980s Mississippi, my novel, Wade in the Water, examines the generational legacy of racism in two different families, one black and one white, within the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between a mistreated and precocious eleven-year-old girl, Ella, and Katherine St. James, a mysterious white graduate research student from Princeton. Katherine’s arrival in the black side of the still racially divided town draws suspicion, but the two embark on a friendship that drowns out the outside world- until it doesn’t, and the relationship grows more fraught as Ella unwittingly pushes against Katherine’s carefully constructed boundaries that guard secrets and a complicated past.Amazon Editor's Pick
Elizabeth Herbin-Triant received a Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship for 2022–2023 to support her book project titled "Lords of the Lash and Loom: Abolitionists, Anti-Abolitionists, and the Business of Manufacturing Slave-Grown Cotton."
Jallicia Jolly has been awarded a Ford Foundation 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship that will support the completion of her first book manuscript, which is titled "Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in Times of HIV/AIDS," which is under contract with University of California Press.
Olufemi Vaughan has been named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow. His project is titled "“Letters, Kinship, and Social Mobility in Nigeria,1926–1994.” The project is based on about three thousand family letters from Femi's late father’s library that focus on real-life family stories in colonial and postcolonial Nigeria. Earlier this month, the board of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a group of 180 exceptional individuals. The fellows were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
This CHI salon is the first in a series of events throughout the spring semester exploring Black queer life and futures showcasing research, activism, and art in Black queer diaspora studies. The series, emerging from a CHI Research Seminar, considers the possibilities of blackness and queerness amidst our ‘reemergence’ from COVID-19 and our ongoing navigation of cultures of turbulence and inequalities. It keenly asks what speculative futures are possible where Black queer and trans life and happiness are central to the project of society, and what do we need in the present to make these futures possible? The salon features Paul Joseph López Oro (Smith College) and CHI Fellow Watufani Poe.
Registration is required.