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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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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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FDI Speaker Series

"Stealing the Future: Black Childhood and the Ecological Imagination"

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
5 p.m.
Humanities Center, Conference Room D

Samira Abdur-Rahman, University of San Francisco will present “Stealing the Future: Black Childhood and the Ecological Imagination”.

Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

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Feature Event

FDI Film Series

Join us for "Free Entry Wednesdays"

The film series has been curated by postdoctoral fellows Zebulon Dingley and Grace Gipson and is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies.

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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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