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  • Berkeley Talks: Reconsidering Black America’s relationship to the plantation

    June 28, 2024

    From UC Berkeley Public Affairs:  Berkeley Talks: Reconsidering Black America’s relationship to the plantation By Public Affairs June 28, 2024 Follow Berkeley Talks, a Berkeley News podcast that features lectures and conversations at UC Berkeley. See all Berkeley Talks.   Alisha Gaines, a professor of English at Florida State University, gave a talk, “Children of the Plantationocene,” at UC Berkeley in April. Gaines is the first scholar-in-residence of Berkeley’s Banned Book Project.Courtesy of Alisha Gaines In Berkeley Talks episode 203, Alisha Gaines, a professor of English and an affiliate faculty member in African American studies at Florida State University, discusses why it’s important for Black America to “excavate and reconsider”…

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  • Lecturer Amlaku B. Eshetie Interviewed by VOA Amharic

    June 28, 2024

    Lecturer Amlaku B. Eshetie was interviewed by VOA Amharic about teaching Amharic at UC Berkeley (note: the interview is in Amharic).

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  • Public Humanities Virtual Pre-Conference Recordings

    May 13, 2024

    Professor Tianna Paschel and Project Manager Barbara Montano present to the Public Humanities Network of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes.

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  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

    May 1, 2024

    The VèVè Clark Institute for Engaged Scholars of African Studies receives the 2024 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

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  • Places and Spaces: Michael Cohen & Barbara Montano

    April 7, 2024

    Professor Michael Cohen and Project Manager Barbara Montano are featured on KCSM 91.1's radio show, "Places and Spaces."

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  • Addressing bias and bigotry mini-grant awards

    April 1, 2024

    The Department of African American Studies was awarded a mini-grant from the "Addressing bias and bigotry" mini-grant program from the Chancellor's Office for a project created by graduate student Jasmine Flowers. 

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  • Creating a Refuge for Banned Scholars

    March 27, 2024

    From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: By Anthony Balas March 26, 2024 The University of California, Berkeley, is making a hopeful case for African American studies amid attacks on academic freedom.  Critical as they are to a healthy democracy, open conversations at public universities on race, history, and freedom are increasingly threatened by an array of attacks—from cuts to funding for humanities departments to legislation that restricts higher education institutions from incorporating topics like racial injustice into curricula.  To Nikki Jones, who is a professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, these attacks can be understood,…

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  • UC Berkeley African American Studies launches Banned Scholars Project with a Mellon Foundation grant

    March 27, 2024

    UC Berkeley’s African American Studies (AAS) Department launched a groundbreaking project this week with a $100,000 Affirming Multivocal Humanities grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Banned Scholars Project is a direct response to increasing restrictions on academic freedom, particularly in the fields of critical race theory, DEI and gender studies. It was spearheaded by AAS professors Michael M. Cohen, Tianna S. Paschel and Ula Taylor; department chair Nikki Jones; and managed by staffer Barbara Montano.

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  • Black Habits of Photography

    March 14, 2024

    Professor Leigh Raiford gives the Anna-Marie Kellen lecture during her fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

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  • Congratulations to Tianna Paschel, 2024 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award

    March 1, 2024

    Professor Tianna Paschel is awarded the 2024 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award.

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