The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen—an intense, weeklong course of study aimed to not only expand students’ intellectual horizons but prepare them for life on campus and in the classroom— recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The program, which is attended by incoming Penn students from diverse backgrounds and intellectual interests boasts a wide range of courses reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of Africana studies. This past summer’s courses included “A Borderless Caribbean? The Creole Geographies of Dominica’s Popular Music,” taught by Professor of Music and Africana Studies Timothy Rommen; “Slaves, Rebels, and Abolitionists in American History,” taught by David Boies Professor of History Kathleen Brown; “Africa, the Nation-State, and the Africa Diaspora in the Contemporary World,” taught by Africana Studies Professor Michael Hanchard; and “Young, Gifted, and Black: Understanding the Experiences of Black Students at Elite Colleges and Universities,” taught by Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences Camille Charles.
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