News & Events

  • Memorial of Toni Whittle-Ciprazo

    March 18, 2019

    Dear all, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our colleague, Toni Whittle-Ciprazo, passed away  after a lengthy illness. Toni was a bright light in the College of Letters and Science - serving with generosity and distinction across her long career here. She began her work on the Berkeley Campus in 1987 in the Physics Department and received numerous service awards including the Excellence in Management Award twice (2004 and 2009). Toni served as the Manager of the Art Practice Department from 2008 to 2017. In 2017 she moved from the Division of Arts and…

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  • African Language Program

    September 24, 2018

    09/24/2018 The Center for African Studies succeeded in getting both the Title VI NRC and FLAS grants from the US Department of Education. The NRC includes funds for adding courses in Amharic and Igbo, while FLAS grants will go towards supporting graduate students seeking advanced training in African languages. FLAS funds are also available to undergraduate students (with limitations), who are at the intermediate level. More information about Title VI NRC and FLAS grant are to be found in the following links:  (i) FLAS: https://africa.berkeley.edu/flas  (ii) Title VI Center: https://africa.berkeley.edu/titleVI  09/25/2018 Students seeking to satisfy their foreign language requirement may use Swahili…

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  • Spring 2016 News

    February 2, 2016

    (top) "The Gender of Police Violence"  in TIKKUN MAGAZINE (2016) by Nikki Jones. Jones is Associate Professor of African American studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence and a forthcoming book, The Chosen Ones: Black Men, Violence and the Politics of Redemption, from which this article is adapted. (bottom) California Winter League (2016) by Chiyuma Elliot. Elliott is an Assistant Professor of African American studies at UC Berkeley. A former Stegner Fellow, Chiyuma has published poetry in the African American Review, Callaloo, PN Review, and other journals. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the James Irvine Foundation, and the…

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  • The Black Room @ UC Berkeley

    November 2, 2015

      The Black Room: Revisiting "Blackness" In The Global 21st Century Program Series:  Interdisciplinary Faculty Programs   The Black Room: Revisiting “Blackness” in the Global 21stCentury organized by Nadia Ellis (English), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), Darieck Scott (African American Studies), and Bryan Wagner (English), deals with “The Black Room,” an inclusive space that exists to foster critical reflection and exchange about foundational terms and concepts in African American and African Diaspora Studies.  This project will answer questions such as: What is blackness? Is it a culture, a politics, a standpoint, or a way of being? What does it mean to…

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  • Liberating Dreams

    October 19, 2015


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  • Faculty, Ph.D. candidates win fellowships for humanities, social science research

    August 6, 2015


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  • Interview: On Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination

    April 30, 2015

    Check out this latest post on the African American Intellectual History Society's blog--an interview with Robeson Taj Frazier on his latest book, THE EAST IS BLACK: COLD WAR CHINA IN THE BLACK RADICAL IMAGINATION.   Dr. Frazier is a graduate alumni of the African Diaspora Studies program, and presently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His research explores black political culture and popular culture, globalization and cross-cultural traffic, and African diasporic intellectual history, with a specific focus on the intersections between African American culture and other cultures, especially 20th and 21st…

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  • Change You CAN’T Believe In: How a Police Texting Scandal Echoes San Francisco’s Racist Past

    March 30, 2015

    San Francisco and its environs enjoy a longstanding reputation as a progressive haven within the US, a place associated with gay pride, school desegregation, freedom of speech, hippies, and, now, hipsters attempting to advance human potential and quality of life through technology. But as recent events in the city attest, there’s another San Francisco, one where only 6% of city residents (but 56% of the city’s jail population) are black; a San Francisco built on a legacy of decades of imported racism.

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  • Berkeley Summer Sessions! : Intensive Elementary Swahili

    March 12, 2015

    Coming this Summer: Intensive Elementary Swahili with Professor David Kyeu Summer Session C: June 22 - Aug 14 MTWTF 5 - 9 pm 54 Barrows Hall 8 Units For more information please contact: kyeu@berkeley.edu  

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  • Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal – Feb. 25th, 2015

    February 19, 2015

    Charlotte "Mama C" O’Neal and the UAACC United African Alliance Community Center Heal the Community Tour 2015 Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 | 2-4 pm Multicultural Community Center Hearst Field Annex - D37, UC Berkeley (Bancroft Way between Bowditch & Telegraph) Program: 2 pm Film Screening of Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush* 3 pm Presentation & Q&A For more information: 510-642-6528 or mcc.community@berkeley.edu Wheelchair accessible. Please call ahead for special needs. Charlotte Hill O’Neal, aka Mama C, is a vocalist, writer, poet and visual artist who has been performing professionally for more than twenty years and exhibiting her art work extensively since 1986. Mama C was born in Kansas…

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