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  • 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.

  • Britt Rusert recognized by the American Studies Association

    Rusert is a finalist for the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for her first book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (New York University Press). Please join us for the book launch of her second book (co-edited with Whitney Battle-Baptiste) W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits Visualizing Black America on Friday, November 2 from 4–6p.m. at the W. E. B. Du Bois Center.

     

     

  • 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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W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

October 30, 2018

                            The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the live...

Britt Rusert Recognized by the American Studies Association

October 30, 2018

Professor Rusert is a finalist for the 2018 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for her first book, Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (New York...

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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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