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 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecture in African Studies!

President Mokgweetsi Masisi spoke with Penn Professor Wale Adebanwi at the second annual Distinguished Lecture in African Studies.







Upcoming Events

Brave Testimony: A Celebration of Poetry of the African Diaspora

A Reading By Tyehimba Jess
Apr 12, 2023 at - | Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding…

Race & Sports

“The Future of Equity & Opportunity in Sports” with Bomani Jones
Apr 27, 2023 at - | Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Bomani Jones is the host of Game Theory with Bomani Jones on HBO, where he tackles sports and their intersections with the world. He also hosts The Right Time with Bomani Jones podcast on ESPN…