Department of African American and African Studies


 



Welcome to the Department of African American and
African Studies!



Images courtesy of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art

 


The Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark offers students an opportunity to study the cultures of the African diaspora, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings focus particularly on the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, and we hope to include courses on Afro-Hispanic culture in future. Our faculty are trained in diverse fields – anthropology, film studies, literature, history, political science, to name a few -- and our courses are often interdisciplinary in nature. All of the courses are designed to integrate scholarship on gender, race, and class.

News & Announcements

  • The Roe Effect depicts the heart-wrenching love story of Dawn and her girfriend, Sam, as Dawn must choose between exposing a painful truth and losing the girl she loves. The film screening and discussion of The Roe Effect will be held on Wednesday, July 15 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-57 (350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102).

  • On Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana Library (185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ), Edward Baugh will offer a poetry reading. Discussion and reception will follow.

  • The film screening of Sosúa: Make a Better World will be held on Wednesday, April 15 from 6-8PM in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana LIbrary, Rutgers- Newark. The film tells the story of Latino and Jewish teenage actors as they put on a musical to explore the forgotten history of Jewish refugees from Hilter in the Dominican Republic.

  • The Women's and Gender Studies Annual Symposium 2015: "Ferguson/Newark/Gender" will be held on Wednesday, April 1st from 2:30 - 3:50pm in Center for Urban and Public Service (CPS), Room 104 and from 4:00 - 5:20pm in Ackerson Hall, Room 106.  There will be two panels, on topics including #BlackLivesMatter, community organizing in Newark, and queer readings of riots and archives.