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 2021 Higginbotham Lecture!

This year's  Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Lecture Guest Lecturer was Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.







Upcoming Events

Penn Alumni Reading Club ft. Donald Bogle

Feb 28, 2022 at - | Online

Africa Lecture Series ft. Moradewun Adejunmobi

Mar 1, 2022 at - | Online



Vernacularizing Agendas: Signposts from African Languages, Writing, and Literature…

Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow ft. Michele Goodwin

Talk & Reception
Mar 16, 2022 at | TBD

Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law