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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.

News

Two Du Bois Department Seniors win Alumni Association Senior Leadership Award

April 18, 2019

Two AfroAm majors, Ethan Bakuli and Ashley Everson, have been honored with Senior Leadership Awards from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. These competitive awards recognize graduating seniors...

WABE: Du Bois' Data Portraits

March 11, 2019

Tell A Story About Black Life In Georgia And Beyond with Professors Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert Listen on WABE!

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Events

Apr
22

Book Party for Professors Parker and Shonekan

New Africa House Theater Room (#03), 180 Infirmary Way, Amherst
5:00 pm to 7:00 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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