David Blight’s Race and Reunion Offers Critical Appraisal of America After the Civil War

January 25, 2001Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—David W. Blight, the Class of 1959 Professor of History and Black Studies at Amherst College, has just published Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory ($29.95, 512 pp., Harvard University Press, Cambridge 2001), a study of how Americans—black and white, from North and South, soldiers and politicians, writers and editors—made sense of America’s most wrenching war.

Abiodun Addresses Cross-Cultural Translation in New African Art Book

February 12, 2001Director of Media Relations413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.— In his preface to the groundbreaking and recently released A History of Art in Africa ($85, 544 pp., Prentice-Hall/Abrams, New York 2001), Professor Rowland Abiodun, John C. Newton Professor of Fine Arts and Black Studies at Amherst College, argues that the field of African art studies has been vexed by the problem of cross-cultural translation.

Amherst College Black Studies Professor Patrícia de Santana Pinho Considers African Influence on Brazil in New Book

Historian Walter Johnson To Speak on “The Negro Fever” March 8 at Amherst College

Study at Institutions other than Amherst College

The department has a specific distribution of courses that a student must complete in order to graduate with a major in Black Studies. Those requirements are listed in the course catalog and delineated on the "Departmental Major Form." Every Black Studies major is required to complete this form in consultation with her/his advisor who signs off on the form in the major's final semester, indicating that the student has successfully completed the department's requirements.

Student Research

Funding for Student Research The Department has set aside a portion of its budget to fund student research projects. Students who are interested in applying for these funds should send a letter to the Chair of the Department and include the following information:

Black Studies Resources


Edward Jones Prize

Each year the Black Studies Department awards the Edward Jones Prize in honor of the first black alumnus of Amherst College. Competition for the prize is open to any graduating Amherst College senior (or E) who has written an honors thesis that addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora.

Information for Majors

Black Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of the histories and cultures of black peoples in Africa and the diaspora. It is also an inquiry into the social construction of racial differences and its relation to the perpetuation of racism and racial domination.

Funding for Student Groups

The Department has set aside a portion of its budget to fund student group activities, e.g., speakers, performers, etc. Download a PDF of the Request for Funding of Student Events/Activities form. Requests will be considered by the Department on a first-come, first-served basis. NB: The Black Studies Department will contribute funds only to those activities which are: