If you're still looking for classes to take or for more AAAS electives, be sure not to overlook these Spring 2013 courses!
- African American Military History, taught by AAAS Department Chair Professor Chad Williams. This is a NEW course so don't pass up the opportunity to be one of the first to partake in it!
- Politics of Southern Africa, taught by Professor Wellington Nyangoni. This class one of the department's gems that is only offered once every three years, so don't miss out!
Professor Sundiata to be published in forthcoming book, Race, Color, Identity!
Professor Sundiata has written a chapter for the upcoming work Race, Color, Identity - Rethinking Discourses about Jews in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Efraim Sicher. The chapter is entitled "Reflections on BlacK/Jewish Relations in the Age of Obama". More information on the book can be found here and it is set to be released in April 2013.
AAAS UDR Jessye Kass' Article Featured in "Ethics Central Weekly"
Jessye Kass, '13, has been featured in the latest issue of "Ethics Central Weekly", a publication from Brandeis' International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. The article, "Trauma and Healing Through Art: Revealing the Power of Solidarity", reflects upon Jessye's experience in Ghana as part of the Sorensen Fellowship. Feel free to read the article here and take part in Jessye's experience.
Professor Williams Featured on TV Show "History Detectives"
Professor Williams was featured on an episode of PBS’ television series “History Detectives”. From the collection of host Tufuku Zuberi’s African-American military posters, Our Colored Heroes depicts a raiding party of more than 20 Germans that attacked two African American doughboys on sentry duty during World War I. Amongst other experts, Zuberi calls upon Professor Williams for his expertise in African American military history to investigate the poster’s accuracy and reason behind its creation.
Check out the episode (Professor Williams comes in at 8:37, but watching the entire episode is highly recommended)!
Professor Sundiata Invited to Conference Hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation and The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung at Lake Como
Professor Ibrahim Sundiata has been invited to participate in the conference "From Liberation Movement to Government: Past legacies and the challenges of transition in Africa," hosted jointly by the Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The aim is to explore ways in which civil society can be strengthened, military units demilitarized and governmental transparency assured. The twenty-member invitation-only conference will be held at Villa la Collina on Lake Como from October 4 to 7th.
Ibrahim Sundiata Interviewed for The Root
Ibrahim Sundiata, the Samuel Augusta Spetor Professor of History and African and Afro-American Studies, was interviewed for the article "Slavery, Africa and What Obama Can Teach" on The Root. In the interview, Professor Sundiata discussed the ideas behind his forthcoming book, Not Out of Dixie: Obama and the American Identity Crisis. He explained how the presidency of Barack Obama can potentially lead to more historically accurate understandings of slavery and de-romanticized ideas of Africa.
Chad Williams Appointed Department Chair
Associate Professor Chad Williams has been appointed as the new chair of the African and Afro-American Studies Department. Professor Williams formerly taught at Hamilton College and specializes in African American history. He will teach AAAS 5a: Introduction to African and Afro-American Studies, this fall.