Africana Studies Program
Harriet Beecher Stowe House Receives National Distinction, Dedicates New ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’ May 9
The College-owned Harriet Beecher Stowe House, a National Historic Landmark, adds new chapters to its story with a significant national distinction and the opening of a public space.
” Racism is the invisible factor that surrounds everything in this country. It is the foundation of who we are. Racism is probably as American as apple pie.”
The 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was a historic moment in America’s civil rights movement, writes Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon in “The New Republic.”
“Humanitarianism these days is not in the hands of singular agencies and with the proliferation of NGOs, humanitarianism is often driven without direction, without purpose and without much policy.”
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry gave a presentation called “Why African American Women Matter” in Ladd House this week. Her talk was part of a larger “Why African American __ Matter” series organized by students in the African American Society for Black History Month.
Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History Olufemi Vaughan, himself an immigrant from Nigeria, recently gave a talk exploring what countries African immigrants have come from and why, as well as the role they have played in the larger American story.
At its recent meeting in Boston (February 4-6, 2016), the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees promoted seven faculty members to tenured positions.
In the wake of a field of Oscar nominations containing no people of color, we sit down with Dighton Spooner, senior associate director of Bowdoin Career Planning, who is also a member of both the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, to hear his observations gleaned from 30 years in the entertainment industry.
Kicking off the first of a series of talks this month called, “Why African-American _____ Matters in America,” Professor of History Patrick Rael gave a lecture on voting and why reducing obstacles to voting is important to protect minority rights.
“She was really central to so many initiatives that were really important and formative in the civil rights movement. But because she was a woman, she was pushed to the margins in a variety of ways.”
It was 50 years ago this year that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Bowdoin College to speak about the civil rights movement and the importance of ending segregation and discrimination in America.
Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal recently gave a public talk on campus about Charles Chesnutt’s 1901 novel The Marrow of Tradition, a book she positions as “a — maybe the — great American novel.”
Tess Chakkalakal, associate professor of English and Africana Studies, shares her insight into the history of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, which the College has recently renovated with the help of historic preservationist Nancy Barba.
The honors project of Tracy Shirey ’14 has been written up in the Des Moines Register, in the first story of a new series called “Black Iowa, Still Unequal?”
This summer, Briana Cardwell ’17 has a grant from Bowdoin to intern for the Boston chapter of the NAACP. She received a Preston Public Internet Career Fund Fellowship, allowing her to work at a nonprofit staffed entirely by volunteers.
Fifty years after his semester exchange at Bowdoin, Morehouse College alumnus Freddie J. Cook returned to Bowdoin College this week to speak to students, staff and faculty about his experiences as a student in the 1960s.
Noliwe Rooks’ talk explores the role that black women played at the beginning and the end of the first international Dove brand “real beauty” campaign and how and why that campaign used feminism as an advertising tool.
Craig Steven Wilder, a professor of history at MIT and a leading historian of race in America, delivered the annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture March 31, 2015, in Main Lounge, Moulton Union. The following evening, he participated in a live-streamed book talk on his book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.
Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at MIT and a leading historian of race in America, will deliver the annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture at 6:30 p.m., March 31, 2015, in Main Lounge, Moulton Union. A book discussion follows April 1 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.