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31st Annual Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen

August 14, 2017

This past July, the Center for Africana Studies held its 31st annual Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen. The program offers incoming freshmen with an interest in Africana Studies the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in field while taking courses with Penn faculty.  Participants are also able to meet members of their class, work with graduate fellows of the program and become acclimated to the campus and life before the start of the academic year.

This summer, students selected from the following course offerings, which cover a wide range of topics on Africa and the African Diaspora:

  • Love, Anger, Madness: History, Memory and Silence In Haiti by Grace L. Sanders Johnson, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

  • The Serious Work of Musical Play (Or Why Adele Deserved Her Grammy) by Guthrie Ramsey, Jr., Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music

  • Race, Science and Society by Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

  • Philosophy of Race by Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

  • Vanguard or Vandals? The Politics of Youth in Africa by Krystal Strong, Assistant Professor, Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division, Graduate School of Education

  • Africana Art History by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor of History of Art


Here are some of the images from this year’s Summer Institute.