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  • Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights

    Parker examines the movement to racially integrate white-collar work and consumption in American department stores, and broadens our understanding of historical transformations in African American class and labor formation.

    Please join us for a Book Party with Professors Parker and Shonekan on Monday, April 22nd at 5 p.m., New Africa House Theater Room #03.

  • Black Lives Matter and Music

    In this collection of critical studies co-edited by Stephanie Shonekan, contributors draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to illustrate how music in the Black Lives Matter movement can contribute to public awareness of the injustices in our society.

    Please join us for a Book Party with Professors Parker and Shonekan on Monday, April 22nd at 5 p.m., New Africa House Theater Room #03.

  • Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

    Honorable Mention, 2019 MLA Prize for a First Book
    Sole Finalist Mention for the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Prize, presented by the American Studies Association
    Rusert's book exposes the influential work of a group of black artists to confront and refute scientific racism. Traversing the archives of early African American literature, performance, and visual culture, Britt Rusert uncovers the dynamic experiments of a group of black writers, artists, and performers.
     

     

     

  • 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.

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Du Bois Department Undergraduate Writing Award

February 06, 2019

Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2019...

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Events

Feb-Mar
27-03

Speak to Me of Rivers

UMCA Gallery, Fine Arts Center
(All day)

Feb
27

Du Bois Department Workshop Series presents Eliza Araujo

New Africa House Theater Room (#03), 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst
12:00 pm

Feb
28

Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art

New Africa House Theater Room (#03), 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst
4:00 pm

Mar
06

Du Bois Department Workshop Series presents

New Africa House Theater Room (#03), 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst
12:00 pm to 1:30 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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