We’re HIRING! Seeking 2023-24 Media & Office Assistants

Media Assistant The BU African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program seeks a creative and hard-working graduate or advanced undergraduate student for the Fall 2023 Semester. The Media Assistant will collaborate with the Program Coordinator to ensure our communications are accessible and impactful and reach stakeholder audiences that benefit most from our work.  Tasks will […]

Fall 2023 AFAMBDS Courses

CAS AA 103: Introduction to African American Literature—Maryanne Boelcskevy Tues/Thurs 9 am-12:30 pm What is the African American literary tradition? How does it change over time? This course introduces the cultural, political, and historical contexts of the African American experience through readings of literature. Readings include poetry, slave narratives, essays and speeches, tales, short stories, […]

Upcoming Event: Black2BU for Alumni Weekend

Don’t miss the third annual Black2BU event! Friday, Sept. 22 at 4-8 PM The AFAMBDS House, 138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446 Register on Eventbrite Join us for our annual alumni reunion and Fall kick-off! There will be a live DJ, performances, food, fun, and games.

Come Visit Our New Student Lounge Space

Come visit our new student lounge this fall! Starting September 5, it will be open 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday, with extended hours during study periods. Use it as a group study space, or just come hang out with our staff.

Now Available: 53.2, The Shape of Things to Come: Africology and the Rise of Afrofuturist Studies

New approaches to African American Studies advance the discipline in the twenty-First Century. Philadelphia, PA (May 31, 2023) – The next generation of Africology and African American Studies is exploring the growing significance of the generative ideas and intersection of Afrofuturism, Afropessimism, posthumanism, esotericism, metamodernism artificial intelligence, forecasting. and culture. The theories highlighted in The Shape […]

Dr. Saida Grundy on Justice Clarence Thomas’s ideological journey

The recent Supreme Court decision striking down affirmative action raises questions about fairness and the unearned advantages that white students are not asked to account for.   Dr. Grundy explores Justice Clarence Thomas’s ideological journey and his complex relationship with affirmative action policies through this insightful article. From his early activism to his rejection of […]

Uncovering BU History Abroad with Prof. Becker

Featuring our very own Prof. Becker, read the full article here. “When History of Art & Architecture Chair Professor Cynthia Becker received an invitation to teach at the University of Naples, she didn’t expect to discover a piece of Boston University history abroad: a decades-long collaboration between professors of the two universities, largely unknown on […]

June 2023 HERS Leadership Institute Cohort

Sixty emerging higher education leaders from across the United States will participate in the June 2023 cohort of the HERS Leadership Institute, hosted on the Bridgewater State University campus in Massachusetts. Our very own professor, Dr. Margarita Guillory, is a part of this cohort! HERS (Higher Education Resources Services) hosts three cohorts of the HERS […]

Dr. Austin and Dr. Grundy receive tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Austin & Dr. Grundy on their recent promotions to tenured associate professor! Dr. Paula Austin is an Associate Professor of History and African American & Black Diaspora Studies. Dr. Saida Grundy is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African American & Black Diaspora Studies.