New Religion and AFAM Studies Course

October 10th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Take a look at this new course that is cross-listed between the African American Studies Program and the Department of Religion. It is called African American Religious History and is taught by Professor Margarita Guillory.

A historical survey of religions practiced by people of African descent living in North America. Students explore the diverse terrain of African American religiosity, which includes Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Spiritualism, and African-derived religions.

The course codes are CAS RN311 and CAS AA311. The course will meet MWF at 11:15AM-12:05PM

UCLA Professor Emeritus Donald Cosentino to speak at BU

October 9th, 2018 in Uncategorized

AFAM Studies alum Zawdie Sandvliet creates new Black Studies course at University of Amsterdam

October 9th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Zawdie Sandvliet (GRS ’10), an AFAM Studies Master’s Graduate, has shared some exciting news with our program. After the completion of his degree, he returned to the Netherlands to further his studies and is currently working towards another Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam.

Last year, the University of Amsterdam held a contest for students to submit new course ideas that they would develop, and Zawdie submitted an idea for an Afro-Dutch Studies course and won. The interdisciplinary course uses African American Studies courses as a model, covering both historical and modern situations and issues of Dutch people of African descent.

Zawdie is currently finishing up the syllabus plan and will serve as a teaching assistant and coordinator as the class — one of the first of its kind — debuts this fall.

Dr. Chude-Sokei’s lecture at Carnegie Melon University

September 25th, 2018 in Uncategorized

African American Studies Program Director and Professor Louis Chude-Sokei presented a lecture on Race, Colonialism, Technology and Artificial Intelligence at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute last week.

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. 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