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  • In tandem with the building of the newly independent nation of Ghana in the 1950s and ’60s, many of the West African country’s citizens played major, but often overlooked, roles in global movements such as nuclear disarmament, women’s rights, trade unionism, and human rights, says Associate Professor of History Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch.

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  • For over 40 years, Associate Professor Robert Baum has shuttled between the U.S. and West Africa, learning and writing about religious prophets in rural southern Senegal. Now, with a senior faculty grant and a Wilson Faculty Research Fellowship, he will embark on a huge...

  • Ethnographer and filmmaker Professor Jesse Weaver Shipley presents for the Anthropology Department Spring seminar series at Goldsmiths College, the University of London: "The Aesthetics of Politics: A Practical Guide to Coups d'Etats."

    "In the early hours of 4 June 1979 in Accra, Ghana, junior officers and soldiers broke Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings out of military prison just before his...

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  • The Global Africana Forum aimed to rethink the significance of the study of Africa in global terms. In morning and afternoon panels, eight invited scholars considered the historical and contemporary linkages between Africa and the rest of the world. As organizer Jesse Shipley clarified at the start, the forum's use of the term Africana was intended "as a way to think about not a geography but in fact the making of various kinds of geographies." Speaking about their research on...

  • I am a 2015 graduate of Dartmouth College from Clearwater, Florida. While at Dartmouth, I majored in African & African American Studies and served as the President of the Afro-American Society. My senior year, I was awarded a Senior Fellowship to produce a thirty-minute documentary film on the complexity of black male identity. I also received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, William Cook-Louise Cook Jacobs Award, and Dean's Plate Award. Now, I am a second-year PhD student in...

  • Jesse Weaver Shipley is an ethnographer, filmmaker, and artist who joined the faculty in the African and African American Studies Program this year. His work explores the links between aesthetics and politics by focusing on performances and popular cultures in the midst of changing economic regimes and forms of sovereignty.

    Two female world-boxing champs, the focus of Professor Shipley's film-in-the-works,...

  • The New York Times has published an article about Pamela Joyner ('79) and her efforts to bring attention to abstract art by African American and other artists from the African diaspora.

  • This fall, Jesse Shipley will be teaching AAAS 11/Introduction to African Studies and AAAS 87.09/ANTH 12.14/African Popular Culture.

    Trica Keaton will be on campus this fall and will begin teaching next year.

    Vaughn Booker will be working as a research associate this academic year and will be...

  • "I think one of the most important things to remember in this moment, and something that the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement tweeted out in the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Dallas, is that the Black Lives Matter movement is a movement for justice, equality and community. It is not a movement that in any way celebrates or promotes the murder of anyone—police officer, civilian, black, or white. What we are all working for is a world that is less violent, less unequal, and...