Af Am Department

Black Womxn Gala
Student Groups

Annual Gala Honors Black Women at Harvard

The Black Men’s Forum honored History and African and African American studies Professor Elizabeth Hinton at its 25th annual Celebration of Black Womxn gala.

Martin Kilson
Af Am Department

Martin Kilson, First Tenured African American Professor at Harvard, Dies at 88

Government Professor Emeritus Martin L. Kilson, Jr., the first African American to receive full tenure at Harvard, died in hospice on April 24 of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

Robot Arm
Harvard Law School

Incarcerated Youth Visit Harvard to Explore Career, Educational Options After Release

A handful of incarcerated youth traveled around Harvard's campus Thursday to learn about possible professional and educational paths they could pursue after their release from prison.

Henry Louis Gates

Rebuilding African and African American Studies

Over the course of the nineties, Harvard’s Afro-American Studies department put itself on the map primarily by increasing faculty recruitment.

Jesse D. McCarthy

McCarthy Hired as English, African and African American Studies Assistant Prof

"Jesse McCarthy stood out unequivocally as the hottest new star on the horizon,” the Chair of the African and African American Studies wrote of the new hire.

On Campus


Sunn m’Cheaux, a Gullah instructor for the university, stands inside the Center for African Studies. This is the second semester that the Creole language has been offered to students.

Edouard Duval-Carrié
Humanities Division

Edouard Duval-Carrié

Edouard Duval-Carrié, a Haitian-born American painter, gives a talk about his art for the Hutchins Center’s Fall Colloquium at the Barker Center Wednesday afternoon.

Hutchins Center
Af Am Department

Ava DuVernay, LL Cool J Receive Du Bois Medal

LL Cool J read a post from his Instagram account that honored victims of Sunday’s shooting in Las Vegas.

W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony

LL Cool J, Ava DuVernay to Receive Du Bois Medal

Harvard will honor rapper and actor LL Cool J, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and several others with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal next month.


Professors on Committee Examining Slavery Plan Conference

“We need to engage this, not just to be better historians,” Beckert said of Harvard's ties to slavery. “We need to acknowledge this history as a way to be able to move forward.”


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.


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.


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.”


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."