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-Freshmen

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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Creative Responses to the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Sep 30, 2021 at - | Class of 1942 Garden and on YouTube

hosted by: Herman Beavers (Professor of English & African Studies, Director of Civic House), with general introduction by David Wallace (Center for Italian Studies)

Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature

Farah Jasmine Griffin
Oct 6, 2021 at - | Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street



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Center for Africana Studies Faculty Research Colloquium

ft.. Mia Bay
Oct 19, 2021 at

Mia Bay, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Chair in American History, University of Pennsylvania