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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Watch the 2022 MLK Lecture in Social Justice!

This year's MLK Lecture features Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in conversation with Dorothy Roberts







Upcoming Events

2022 A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Lecture

Feat. Dean Linda Sheryl Greene
Dec 6, 2022 at -

Linda Sheryl Greene is Dean and MSU Foundation Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and an elected life member of The American Law Institute. 



Digital Humanities & Black Digital Heritage

Featuring Dorothy Berry
Jan 19, 2023 at -

Dorothy Berry is a Digital Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and she is a leading voice in Black Digital Humanities and Black Cultural Heritage. Her talk will address…

Tara Bynum Book Launch

Jan 20, 2023 at -