Af Am Department

College

Ethnic Studies Advocates Call for a Department, Research Center

A group of undergraduates and graduate students are circulating a petition among students, staff, and alumni that calls for the formation of an ethnic studies department and research center.

Research

Hutchins Funds $10 Million to Study Inequality Among Boston's Black Residents

The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research received $10 million for a new study of inequality experienced by African and African American residents in Boston’s poorer neighborhoods.

Race

Stephen L. Carter Examines Effects of Law on Race

Yale Law professor Stephen L. Carter examined on Wednesday the invisible consequences of law on African-Americans in the second of three lectures of the W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series on “Blackness and the Legal Imagination.”

Race

Stephen L. Carter Argues Slavery’s Effects on the Law

Yale Law School Professor Stephen L. Carter argued the relevance of slavery in the United States by addressing its impact on the law in the first installment of his W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series on Tuesday.

Glenda Carpio
Af Am Department

Glenda R. Carpio

In her current work on immigrant literature, Carpio is interested in when “America fails the person or when the person can’t cope with the difficulties of becoming someone else."

Brandon Terry
Af Am Department

Brandon M. Terry

Now teaching at his alma mater just 15 years later—though “it feels longer every year,” he quips—Terry sees his role as a responsibility to push students outside of their comfort zones.

Up In Hutchins
On Campus

Up In Hutchins

A current portrait of Professor Henry L. “Skip” Gates in his office at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research on Mount Auburn Street.

Appiah in the 1960s
Af Am Department

Appiah in the 1960s

”Duke Professor K. Anthony Appiah, who may receive an offer of tenure.”

Gates in the 1960s
Af Am Department

Gates in the 1960s

“Dubois Professor of the Humanities Henry Louis Gates Jr. was the featured speaker at a service in honor of Martin Luther King."

Building the Department
Af Am Department

Building the Department

”Duke Professor K. Anthony Appiah, who may receive an offer of tenure.”

Up In Hutchins
College

Building a Field of Dreams: Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Afro-American Studies Department

​When Department Chair Nathan I. Huggins died in December of 1989, it looked like the end of Afro-American Studies at Harvard.

William James Hall
Race

Dominance of Western Perspectives Troubles the Social Sciences

American and Western European foci and schools of thought continue to dominate social science fields at Harvard, frustrating some students and faculty even as other perspectives and methods grow.

"Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food"
Food and Drink

"Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food"

Professor Carla D. Martin gives the opening lecture for her class “Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food” on Wednesday. Martin discussed the history of chocolate’s popularity as well as the industry’s use of child labor.

Events

Creative Writers Talk History in Fiction at Harvard Book Store

​Two sisters, novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge and playwright Kirsten Greenidge, spoke about weaving historical and personal influences into their fiction at the Harvard Book Store on Friday evening.

W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony
Events

Nas and Eric Holder Honored With W.E.B. Du Bois Medal

Harvard presents the medals annually to individuals in recognition of extraordinary contributions to African American culture and the “life of the mind.”