Africana Studies Program

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.

Black History Month Offers Slate of Intellectual, Musical Fare

Throughout February, Bowdoin College has lined up a series of events to celebrate Black History Month.

Honoring the Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks at Bowdoin in 1964

In the spring of 1964 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.

Lonnie Hackett ’14 on His Life Work—Making Kids Healthier in Zambia

It’s been three years since Lonnie Hackett ’14 received a small Bowdoin grant to launch a nonprofit in Zambia to help improve the health of young students there. In that short time, Hackett has significantly expanded the size, reach, and ambition of his organization. He is speaking at Bowdoin on Nov. 2.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Her House, Her Novel: The Most Common Questions

Cathi Belcher, the docent of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, has begun holding monthly “Tea with Harriet” events, inviting visitors into the newly opened home to see where Stowe wrote her famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Belcher has answered some of visitors’ most frequently asked questions.

The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

“The overall theme concerns how racial discrimination looked outside the South during much of the last century and how citizen activists addressed those problems.”

The Untold Stories of Three Black Women Activists

Three biographers of black female activists recently gathered at Bowdoin for a roundtable event to discuss the commonalities and differences in the historical figures they study.

Storied Stowe House: Katie Randall ’16 on Finding Passions at Bowdoin — And in Its History

Katie Randall ’16, whose research into the College’s Harriet Beecher Stowe House led to its inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom by the National Park Service, writes of the findings—both historical and personal—she discovered along the way.

Sarah Washington ’17 Studies Trajectory of Black Activism in the US

Sarah Washington is the second recipient of a new Bowdoin fellowship, the Irma Cheatham Summer Research Fellowship, which supports research in Africana studies.

Experience History: Harriet’s Writing Room Now Open

Harriet’s Writing Room, a public exhibit space within the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, is now open to the public three days a week, Thursday-Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.

Prof. Patrick Rael Reflects on Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

“No other sports figure in American life so effectively used his fame to draw so much attention to a radical political vision.”

Dedicated to History: College Opens ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’ to Public

On Monday, Bowdoin College hosted an open house to welcome the public into Harriet’s Writing Room and to celebrate the Harriet Beecher Stowe House’s designation with the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

KeVonté Anderson ’16 to Participate in ‘NeXt Doc’ for Emerging Filmmakers

KeVonté Anderson has been accepted to NeXt Doc, a four-day intensive program in New York of workshops, master classes, and screenings.

HBO-Bowdoin Diversity Internship Brings Students into Movie, TV Business

Four years ago, Bowdoin and HBO set up a unique internship.

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.

Why Are America’s Schools Re-segregating?

” 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.”

Dean Scanlon on Sexism and the Civil Rights Movement in ‘The New Republic’

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.”

Prof. David Gordon: Does Humanitarianism Do More Harm Than Good in Africa?

“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.”