Africana Studies

Programs on Africa

The Programs on Africa at the Center for Africana Studies provides members of the University of Pennsylvania, local, national, and international communities with information on faculty, researchers, activities, and programming on historical and contemporary Africa.

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Summer Institute for Pre-First Years

This intensive one-week course of study is taught by standing Penn faculty and exposes students to major intellectual and cultural themes and currents in 19th, 20th, and 21st century African and African Diaspora studies.

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Watch the 2023 MLK Lecture in Social Justice!

This year's MLK Lecture features Nikole-Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, in conversation with Sarah Jackson.







Upcoming Events

African Languages & Culture Day

Mar 27, 2023 at - | Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Come and experience the beauty and hospitality of African cultures through songs, skits, dance, poems and delicious cuisine!


No registration needed.

Africa Lecture Series

Defetishizing Material Culture in Museums: Public Education with Vanicléia Silva-Santos
Mar 28, 2023 at - | Max Kade Center
3401 Walnut Street (Room 329A)
Philadelphia, PA 19104 

Public educational institutions like museums must correct mistaken views about Africa and Africans. This lecture addresses the history of removing material culture from Africa and the process of naming objects…

Young, Gifted, and Diverse: Origins of the New Black Elite

A Book Talk with Professor Camille Z. Charles
Mar 29, 2023 at - | Penn Bookstore (2nd Floor)
3601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Be sure to join us and our own Camille Z. Charles for a very special Book Talk!

Camille Z. Charles is Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences in the Departments of Sociology and…