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Dr. Saida Grundy’s article in the Atlantic

September 14th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dr. Saida Grundy has written an article for The Atlantic exploring the impact of the Colin Kaepernick/Nike ad partnership. See excerpt  and link below:

…In offering himself as a campaign spokesperson, Kaepernick is validating (and, thus, making more profitable) a form of social-justice capitalism that compromises a large-scale political protest’s longevity and efficacy. It’s important to consider the high costs of assisting a corporation in peddling a social struggle, as Davis forewarned that historical revolutions could be reduced to trends. When so goes the fashion, there goes the movement.

New faculty job posting-Assistant Professor (tenure-track) African American Studies/History

August 21st, 2018 in Uncategorized

The African American Studies Program at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, beginning July 1, 2019, pending budgetary approval. This position will be joint between the Department of History and the African American Studies program, and we seek a colleague whose scholarship focuses on African American experiences, with a particular ability to teach courses on the modern United States. Areas of specialization are open. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Candidates must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the date of appointment. Initial applications should be submitted to and include 1) a cover letter describing your teaching and research interests and professional experience addressed to Professor Louis Chude-Sokei, Chair, Search Committee; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) two samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) three letters of reference, sent directly by your referees. Review of applications will begin October 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held via Skype. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Register now for new AFAM course “The Emancipated Century”

July 18th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Register now for new Fall 2018 course-Religion and Hip Hop Culture

June 28th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Register now for new AFAM Studies course taught by incoming faculty member, Dr. Margarita Guillory.

Topics in Religion and Music-Religion and Hip Hop Culture

Topic for Fall 2018: Religion and Hip Hop Culture. Considers an often overlooked element in the study of hip hop culture, religion. Specifically, the course offers students the opportunity to examine the variety of ways that religion finds expression in the dynamic cultural medium of hip hop. Mts w/CAS RN205

Course meets in JSC 201 Tue,Thu 2:00pm – 3:15pm


2018 UNCF/Mellon Programs Faculty Seminar: African Diaspora

June 20th, 2018 in Uncategorized

In less than two weeks from today, the 2018 UNCF/Mellon Programs International Faculty Seminar, “The African Diaspora in the Spanish-speaking and Lusophone Worlds,” will begin (July 2nd). BU AFAM faculty member, Professor Linda Heywood will lead the seminar and serve as one of the eight faculty members, and BU AFAM faculty member, Professor John Thornton, will also serve as one of the eight faculty members of the seminar.

Please visit the following page for more information: 2018 UNCF/Mellon Programs International Faculty Seminar


Professor Linda Heywood’s Fall 2018 Course Offering: AA380, European Dimensions of the Black Diaspora T/Th 3:30-4:45pm

June 8th, 2018 in Uncategorized


Remembering a Great Scholar: Dr. Ira Berlin

June 7th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Ira Berlin

It is with deep sorrow that we say farewell to an extraordinary scholar and historian, Ira Berlin, whose groundbreaking work left a tremendous impact on studies of slavery and race in America. Among many of his inspiring books, Dr. Berlin wrote award-winning Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South (1975), Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in Mainland North America (1998), Generations of Captivity: A History of Slaves in the United States (2003), and The Making of An African America (2010). He was the founding editor and director of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, served as president of the Organization of American Historians, and served as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2008, Dr. Berlin was one of our honored guest speakers. He gave a talk on “The Closing of the Slave Trade and the Transformation in the US.” It was an honor to have this great scholar speak to BU students and faculty about his fascinating work. We would like to express our deep condolences to his family and friends. Through his scholarly legacy, research, and many accomplishments, Dr. Berlin and his work have forever made an impact and will continue to do so in studies of slavery and the question of race in America.

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Prof Michael Birenbaum Quintero’s New Course for Summer I, MH331: The Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop

May 17th, 2018 in Uncategorized

New Course by Professor Michael Birenbaum Quintero: The Poetics and Politics of Hip Hop

May 22, 2018 to June 29, 2018, T/Th 1-4:30pm


Description: Provides students with a history of hip hop music, including major trends, changes in technique and musicianship, important artists and albums, regional styles, and relationship with the larger sociocultural context of African-American and U.S. politics, cultural production, and daily life. Students examine the construction of canons of hip hop greatness and engage in remaking them. Explores how hip hop engages with and is shaped by the politics of race, class, and gender issues in ways that have ramifications for a broader understanding of the role of these factors in U.S. society. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own positionality as social and political actors and global citizens. Students will engage directly with both primary sources (recordings, music videos, films, album art, reviews) and secondary sources (scholarly and journalistic texts), applying the listening, viewing, and reading skills necessary to examine these sources critically, and bring their analyses of these sources to bear in discussion and in- and out-of-class assignments. No prerequisites or prior skills required. 

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Professor Linda Heywood presented a copy of the Portuguese Edition of her book, Njinga of Angola, at the Angolan Embassy in Lisbon

May 17th, 2018 in Uncategorized








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Professor Linda Heywood’s lecture on Njinga of Angola in Lisbon, Portugal, TODAY May 9th

May 9th, 2018 in Uncategorized

For more information on the event, please visit the following link: Centro de Historia