Africology and African American Studies News

Having more African American students than any other Northeastern University means Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts has more opportunities for more interesting stories. The College is proud to call Philadelphia, a majority-minority city, home. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the most exciting happenings from the students, alumni and faculty members who make the Department of Africology and African American Studies the uniquely thought-provoking and problem-solving department that it is. Read their stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

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College of Liberal Arts Dean Richard Deeg addresses our students, alumni, faculty and staff on the crucial topics of diversity, race and anti-bias.

Congratulations to Dr. Ibram Kendi, PhD graduate of Africology. Dr. Kendi joins BU and launches BU Center for Antiracist Research. The new center “will work to transform how racial research is done” and collaborate across the entire University. In addition to the initial gifts, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square has recently made a gift of 10 Million Dollars no strings attached to Kendi’s Center at Boston University. Read the full article. The Department of Africology congratulates Dr. Ibram X.

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Following our Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism: Redefining the Social Contract Virtual Seminar that was held on June 30th, Stockton University wrote a news article highlighting on of our speakers, Patricia Reid-Martin. The article speaks about her participation and experience participating in the seminar. Read the full article, Spotlight On: Patricia Reid-Merritt and you can also access her potion of the seminar from the article!


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Department of Africology and African American Studies Chair Molefi Kete Asante discusses the issues of race, racism, anti-racism and America’s “social contract” ahead of his department’s virtual seminar that will search for ways to redefine that contract.

Assistant Professor Aaron Smith interviewed Professor and Chair, Molefi K. Asante in a recently published article in Vestnik RUDN. International Relations titled "Afrocentricity as the Organizing Principle for African Renaissance". You can read or download the full research article (.pdf).