Africana Studies

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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 23rd Annual MLK Jr. Social Justice Lecture & Award!

Prof. Dorothy Roberts presented her lecture “Are Civil Rights Enough?”, had a riveting conversation with Prof. Marcia Chatelain, and was recognized for her prestigious research and activism.






Upcoming Events

Brave Testimony 2024

In Celebration of National Poetry Month
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Apr 15, 2024 at - | Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join us for this year's Brave Testimony: A Celebration of Poetry of the African Diaspora, in honor of National Poetry Month. This year we will have a reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts, the founder of Freedom Reads, a…

The Labors of Resurrection: Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Shatema Threadcraft

Necromancy and the Democratic Storytelling of W.E.B. Du Bois and Toni Morrison
Dr. Shatema Threadcraft, Dr. Katerina Traut
Apr 18, 2024 at - | Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 South 36th Street The Forum (Room 250) Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join the The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy for an event featuring Dr. Shatema Threadcraft on Necromancy and the Democratic Storytelling of W.E.B. Du Bois and Toni Morrison.


Diaspora Lecture Series: Chérie N. Rivers

Chérie N. Rivers
Apr 22, 2024 at - | Max Kade Center, Room 329-A
3401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Ndaliko holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from Harvard University, where she was a pioneering member of the Social Engagement Initiative. She is currently an associate professor of Geography at the University of North…