• Fugitive Science Book Party

    On Tuesday, April 25th we celebrate the publication of Britt Rusert's Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (NYU Press).

    New Africa House Lobby
    5:00-7:00 pm

    Copies of Fugitive Science will be available for purchase from Amherst Books at the event.

  • Steven Tracy Named Distinguished Professor

    One of four professors to receive the honor, Professor Tracy was recognized as an authority on African-American literature and the blues.

  • Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois

    Du Bois’ central conceptual theme is eloquently captured by his most widely quoted pronouncement: “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” It would be equally true to say that the problem of the entire sweep of American history and society is the problem of the color line, for from the earliest Colonial days to the present, the role, status and treatment of the African slaves and their descendants have been at the heart of the American story.

  • Afro-American Studies at UMass

    One of the largest departments of its kind, the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies serves students seeking in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora.

UMass Amherst African-American Studies Program Comes of Age

March 29, 2017

Visionary Leadership...

Edited and introduced by Johanna Ortner, doctoral student in Afro-American Studies

March 29, 2017

New pubication: Frances Ellen Watkins (Harper)’s Forest Leaves (ca. 1846) as the latest installment of Just Teach One: Early African American Print on Common-Place: The Journal of Early American...

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Fugitive Science Book Party

New Africa House Lobby
5:00 pm

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Why Afro-American Studies?

Our department is named for the great intellectual, a native of our Western Massachusetts region, who was the first academic scholar to pioneer the systematic study of people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout world. To earn a degree in Afro-American Studies, to take courses leading to a certificate or a minor is to follow in W.E.B. Du Bois’ footsteps of academic excellence and social responsibility.

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