Af Am Department

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.”

Commencement Celebration
Student Life

Commencement Celebration

Jovonne J. Bickerstaff, who earned a PhD in Sociology, and Jacqueline C. Rivers, who earned a PhD in Sociology and African and African American Studies, celebrate during Commencement on May 28.

Commencement 2015
Student Life

Commencement 2015

Jovonne J. Bickerstaff, who earned a PhD in Sociology, hugs Jacqueline C. Rivers, who earned a PhD in Sociology and African and African American Studies, as her degree is conferred during Commencement on May 28.

FAS

Claudine Gay Named Next FAS Social Science Divisional Dean

Gay joined the Government department in 2006 and is currently its director of graduate studies. She will take over the deanship from Sociology professor Peter Marsden on July 1.

Justice for All
College

Justice for All

Chrislene DeJean, creative organizer at Intelligent Mischief, spoke about African American women’s divergent experiences with violence and socioeconomic hardship as part of a panel on “Social Justice for Women of Color.” The panel was organized by the Action Committee of the Association of Black Harvard Women and took place in Harvard Hall on Thursday afternoon, while Divest Harvard protests took place outside.

The Flight Performance
Visual Arts

The Flight Performance

Nandipha Mntambo, sculptor, photographer, and live performer, speaks about the inspirations in her artwork on Thursday evening in Carpenter Center. Presented as part of the Black History/Art History Lecture and Performance Series, Mntambo began the lecture with a seven-minute live performance surrounded by curved mirrors, which was entitled "The Flight."

Hammonds on Diversity in Science
On Campus

Hammonds on Diversity in Science

Professor Evelynn M. Hammonds, former Dean of the College, discusses "The Negro Scientist" by W.E.B. Du Bois and diversity in scientific research on Wednesday in the Barker Center.