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  • Losier's Book Publication: Rethinking the American Prison Movement

    by Toussaint Losier and Dan Berger

    Rethinking the American Prison Movement critically reviews and engages the transformational and ongoing struggles against America’s prison system. Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier show how prisoners have used strikes, lawsuits, uprisings, writings, and diverse coalitions with free-world allies to challenge prison conditions and other kinds of inequality. 

  • Rusert's Book Looks Back at Fight Against Racist Sciences

    by Tiffany Pennamon (August 31, 2017)

    Dr. Britt Rusert's new book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture sheds a contemporary light on the Black artists, scientists, clergy and activists working to critique and challenge the racist sicences of the 19th century.

    Read the full article at Diverse Issues in Higher Education

  • 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.


Du Bois Department Welcomes Its New Chair, Stephanie Shonekan

July 23, 2018

Before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Stephanie Shonekan served as Chair of the Department of Black Studies at the University of Missouri (Mizzou), Columbia, where...

Afro-Am Academic Workshop Series 2018-2019

May 31, 2018

The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies presents...

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Inaugural "James Baldwin Lecture" Pre-lecture Reception

Room 203, New Africa House, 180 Infirmary Way
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Confronting Systemic Racism: Voice for Racial Justice

2062 Greenwich Road, Hardwick, MA 01037
10:00 am to 4:00 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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