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  • Professor Rose Brewer honored as the 2014 CLA Dean's Medalist

    Congratulations to Professor Rose Brewer for earning the 2014 CLA Dean's Medal. On April 8th, she was honored and presented the address, "Black Life in the 21st Century U.S.: Complexities of Political Economy, Race, and Ideology" at Northrup Auditorium. The CLA Dean's Medal was created by an anonymous donor to reward a faculty member's excellence in scholarship or creative activity.

    Award-winning poet Patricia Smith and Young Adult novelist Rita Williams-Garcia at the Minneapolis Teachers Institute Year-End Colloquium, Saturday, May 17 at STSS Building. Learn more.

    March 31st, 2014
  • Congratulations to professors Githire and Wright

    Congratulations to Njeri Githire for being awarded a fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study for her project entitled, (In)edible Ideologies: Food, Power and (Post)Colonial Politics in African Literary and Cultural Expression. Her fellowship will begin in academic year 2014-2015.

    Congratulations to John Wright for being awarded a Grant-In-Aid for Research, Artistry and Scholarship for his project entitled, Science, Race, and the Dialectics of Chess. He will receive the award in the spring of 2014.

    Register for spring semester AFRO courses

    OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
    2014 Black Writers Retreat Program Extends Deadline to Jan. 12th. Learn more.

    Professional Development for Educators
    The MPS Teachers Institute | MTI will start in January 2014 and is accepting fellowship applications from teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools. Download an application MTI 2013.pdf

    December 23rd, 2013
  • Honoring Mandela

    AA&AS joins the world community in celebrating and honoring the life and work of Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013).

    "I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."
    - Nelson Mandela

    Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1pm at Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Avenue. St Paul 55102. Learn more.

    President Barack Obama's speech at memorial service for Mandela.
    December 10, 2013. View the video.

    AFRO Spring Courses; Professional Development for Educators

    Register for spring semester AFRO courses

    Professional Development for Educators
    The MPS Teachers Institute | MTI will start in January 2014 and is accepting fellowship applications from teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools. Download an applicationMTI 2013.pdf

    October 4th, 2013

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Yuichiro Onishi, whose new book has been published! Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa was published under New York University Press.