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Black Lives Matter

The University of Rochester's Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies and the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies stand with #BlackLivesMatter activists and protestors in Rochester and across the country and world, fighting against state-sanctioned violence, and against anti-blackness.

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

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

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Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.

Announcement

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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