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Black Studies Now and the Countercurrents of Hazel Carby

In 2019, Yale University Professor Hazel V. Carby was the Distinguished Visiting Humanist at the University of Rochester. A major Black feminist scholar and prize-winning author, Carby’s visit led to a special issue, “Black Studies Now and the Countercurrents of Hazel Carby,” just published by InVisible Culture, the graduate-student led journal of the Graduate Program in Visual & Cultural Studies.

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

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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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