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September 28-29, 2023

Frederick Douglass Fall Symposium

We invite you to the 2023 Fall Symposium: Black Visual Culture | Black Visual Life, hosted by the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Institute and Department of Black Studies.


Degree Program

Our interdisciplinary program in Black studies integrates the social sciences and humanities.

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

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Department of Black Studies welcomes new faculty

Jordan Ealey and Philip V. McHarris bring their scholarly expertise in Black creativity and Black geographies to Rochester.

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University of Rochester establishes Department of Black Studies

The University’s Board of Trustees approved the creation of a Department of Black Studies in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. The new academic department will work in close collaboration with the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, which was established in 1986. “The study of Black people in the world is a major project encompassing geography, culture, political science, sociology, economics, and creativity,” says Jeffrey McCune Jr., director of the University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. “All of that is robust and deserves to be studied seriously.”

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