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Africana studies is a tradition of intellectual inquiry and study of African peoples. Africana scholars document the global migrations and reconstruction of African peoples as well as patterns of linkages to the African continent (and among the peoples of the African diaspora). The Africana Studies and Research Center is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized scholars and educators, socially conscious intellectuals and students representing each of Cornell's undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges.

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"The ability to look upon the body, affirmatively, must counter the historical dispossession of the black body, and in particular....of undervalued life."   Professor Gerard Aching

In the Society for the Humanities Annual Invitational Lecture March 2, 2016, Professor Gerard Aching drew parallels between the calls to action in books by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Franz Fanon and the unfolding of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more 

Professor Gerard Aching is the author of "Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba" (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Featured Graduate Student: Kristen Wright

The Department of Performing and Media Arts hosts a yearly contest for The Marvin Carlson Award for Best Student Essay in Theatre or Performance. This award honors CUNY Professor Marvin Carlson (CU PhD '61).  Kristen's article "'The Killing of My Mother I Claim Myself': Adrienne Kennedy's Electra and Orestes, Aeschylus' Oresteia, and the Question of Justice," won the 2016 Marvin Carlson Award for Best Student Essay in Theatre and Performance from Cornell's Department of Performing and Media Arts.

Click here to read more about Kristen's graduate work.