Africana Studies Program

Mohamed Nur ’19 Wins Truman Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Public Service

“I have seen people who have worked so tirelessly for other people. I have seen their impact on other people’s lives, and the kind of good that can do. This is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing,” Mohamed Nur ’19 said, adding that the major reason he came to Bowdoin was for its focus on serving the common good.

Far and Wide: Student Excursions Over the Spring Break

From Sicily to Silicon Valley, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, students traveled far and wide over spring break on a variety of trips, some of them academic in nature, some cultural, and some service-oriented, but all of them aimed at enhancing the undergraduate experience at Bowdoin beyond the classroom.

From Truman to Trump: Getting a Handle on Modern US History

History and Africana Studies Brian Purnell is teaching a new generalist course in US history this semester, designed to give students an informed understanding of how America became the country it is today.

Professor Purnell Looks at NYC’s Racist Past (Washington Post)

“When racism is portrayed only through spitting and screaming, tiki torches and vigilante violence, many people rest easy, believing they share little responsibility for its maintenance,” they write.

Tanisha Francis ’18 Looks Into the Legacy of Black Women in Prison

The disproportionate number of black women in prisons has spurred Tanisha Francis ’18, an Africana studies and history major, to investigate the legacy of US prisons.

Alex Reed ’10 on Policing the Police

Alex Reed ’10 is in her final year at University of Michigan Law School. She spent last summer as a legal intern with a unit of the US Department of Justice, where she had the opportunity to work with experienced civil rights attorneys on investigations into police misconduct.

To End Black History Month, Prof. Vete-Congolo Discusses African History in the ‘New World’

For the final installment of Black History Month, Howell House hosted Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Hanetha Vete-Congolo to discuss the representation of African history in the “so-called” New World.

For Black History Month, Professor Foster Discusses Afro-Pessimism

Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster recently spoke at Ladd House about a theory called Afro-Pessimism, which looks at blackness as a “social death” rather than something to be celebrated as a cultural identity. Foster’s talk was part of a slate of events happening at Bowdoin throughout February in honor of Black History Month.