Black Performance II: Knowing and Being

Black Performance I: Subject and Method collects research that shows how performance can act as an optic and object of study. The authors’ diverse subjects reveal resonances of the past in performance in music and movement, poetry, media, art, museums, memory, and thought. The research in Black Performance II: Knowing and Being further demonstrates the […]

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Joins BU Faculty

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will join Boston University this summer as a Professor in the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences, following the completion of our standard professorial appointment process. Dr. Kendi will establish a new University-wide research center that will be titled the ‘BU […]

Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and the Ongoing Crises of State Violence.

Statement on the Murder of George Floyd and the Ongoing Crises of State Violence. Statement …and now we enter the time of statements and declarations, of institutions decrying racism or racial violence, pledging endless support but often just covering for themselves. After all, isn’t a statement just a public plea to be left unscathed? African […]


For full information on BU’s response to COVID-19, please see BU’s COVID-19 website. Is the African American Studies program office open? At this time, program staff are working remotely, but are available to answer questions you may have. Please contact Deirdre James, Program Administrator at or call 617.358.1421. How will classes change? All classes will be […]

Two BU faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Brookline—BU faculty members, Linda Heywood and John Thornton have been recently elected as members of the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields. Affiliated with both the CAS Department of History and the African American Studies Program, they are among the newly selected 276 artists, scholars, scientists […]

AFAM Quarantine Survival Guide:

AFAM Quarantine Survival Guide:  Links:  Black Nurses and the 1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever Epidemic Cinnamon Bread Watch Questlove’s Touching Four-Hour Bill Withers Tribute DJ Set World Health Organization: Stay physically active during self quarantine Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor  ‘Racialization works differently here in Puerto Rico, do not bring your U.S.-centric ideas about race […]

Article: Why Boredom Affects Us So Much

Why Boredom Affects Us So Much  If being isolated at home is starting to feel like your own personal prison, it’s because tedium is also used as a severe form of carceral punishment. By Professor Saida Grundy Read the article on The Atlantic.