Our interdisciplinary program in African and African-American studies integrates the social sciences and humanities.
AAS students pursue graduate studies and professional careers at prestigious institutions and organizations.
We partner with numerous other institutes, departments, and centers from across the University.
Seyvion Scott ’19 receives the Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award
Sponsored by the “City Girls” of the Class of 1960, the Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award recognizes an undergraduate woman “who has grown up in the Greater Rochester area, is a strong advocate for the region, and participates in University and community activities that promote the overall well-being of Rochester residents.”
Scott, an African and African-American studies major from Rochester, is the leader of the Frederick Douglass Leadership House’s Ella Baker Project Engagement: Promoting Community Engagement. She’s been involved in maintaining a local children’s garden and with “Rock the Vote Rochester,” a project to register citizens to vote in the November elections. She’s also the webmaster for the Black Students Union.
A graduate of the City of Rochester’s School of the Arts, Scott is a singer who enjoys neo-soul, rap, and rock music.
Her career goal is to work in education and encourage teens to pursue higher education. Her ultimate life goal, she says, is to write her memoirs and “alleviate the illusion that urban upward mobility isn’t possible.”
Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rush Rhees Library Hawkins-Carlson Room
Yaa Gyasi will talk about her novel "Homegoing" and the "Black Lives Matter Movement".
How may some of the narratives in Homegoing shape our understand of the renewed militantism observed in the Black Lives Matter movement or the reactionary turn that is before us to contemplate for the next four years? What could we learn from the curse (the fire that keeps burning and destroying lives) that runs through Homegoing that may help the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement or the citizens distressed by the apparent resurgence of the ugly intolerance of the past chart a new path of resistance?
The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies was established in 1986.
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