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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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Feature Event

Lecture and Demonstration with Garth Fagan

November 7, 2019
Spurrier Studio at 4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. All are welcome! Presented in collaboration with the Program of Dance and Movement.

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Mimi Kothor

Feature Story

Marius "Mimi" Kothor, PhD Candidate—Yale University

Mimi (pictured) is an alumna ('13) of the University of Rochester, where she received her degree in African and African American Studies. We are proud to share that she was featured in the New York Times for her Opinion Piece: Trump Is Trying to Kill the Program That Saved My Life. When you have a moment, check it out!

Way to Go, Mimi!

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Cilas Kemedjio

From the Director

Cilas Kemedjio

Director for the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies (FDI) brings together scholars working in the humanities and social sciences in the area of Africa and the African diasporas. Its mission is to further undergraduate and graduate education, faculty research, and intellectual exchange within the University community. The undergraduate major and minor in African and African-American studies benefits from the interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum, a reflection of the diversity and vibrancy of our associates.

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