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Statement in Support of Scholar Strike/Teach-In

We invite the University of Rochester community to join FDI and SBAI on September 8th and 9th for two days of solidarity with our city, our coworkers, and our students through the nationwide Scholar Strike/Teach-In to protest state violence and racial injustice.

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Degree Program

Our interdisciplinary program in African and African-American studies integrates the social sciences and humanities.

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Careers & Outcomes

AAS students pursue graduate studies and professional careers at prestigious institutions and organizations.

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We partner with numerous other institutes, departments, and centers from across the University.

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Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.


Jeffrey McCune named Frederick Douglass Institute director

He will bring together people from across academic disciplines to collaborate in the study of the African diaspora and offer programming that promotes African and African American studies at the University.

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Cilas Kemedjio

Recognizing Our Former Director

The FDI Executive Committee recognizes Cilas Kemedjio's 10 Years of Excellence as FDI Director

For the last ten years, Cilas Kemedjio has lead the Frederick Douglass Insititute for African and African-Studies. These have been, as they are now, turbulent times and much of the upheaval, the tragedy, and the promise of our moment grow out of a past and present marked by injustices related to race but also enlightened by the achievements of people of African descent wherever on the globe they have come to live. As Director, Cilas has worked tirelessly to expand our fields of inquiry into the diasporic and multilingual riches of Africa and the diaspora, while he has repeatedly brought into focus...

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