Africana Studies Program

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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Prof. Casselberry on the Historic Contributions of African American Women

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.

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Black History Month: Prof. Vaughan Explores Africans in the U.S. Since 1980s

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.

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Seven Bowdoin Faculty Granted Tenure

At its recent meeting in Boston (February 4-6, 2016), the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees promoted seven faculty members to tenured positions.

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Academy Member Dighton Spooner Talks Racism in Hollywood

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.

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“Why African-American [Blank] Matters” Series Launches with Talk on Voting Rights

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.