Africana Studies is a multidisciplinary, intellectual field that examines the diverse experiences of African people worldwide, focusing especially but not exclusively on African, African American and Caribbean affairs and cultures. Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, we investigate the political, social, economic, and historical structures that shape the lives of citizens of African origin in Africa and its Diaspora. Our mission is thus to advance the systematic study and understanding of the cultural, ideological, and social connections that maintain among these communities.
Hope Station Black History Festival
Friday, February 23 | 11am-2pm at Hamilton Elementary School, Carlisle, PA
Africana Studies majors and minors to collaborate with Hope Station Opportunity Area, a local non-profit organization, on a fashion show featuring Black musical artists through the ages.
Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference: Challenging the Single Story: Interrogating (Mis) Representations of Africa and Its Diaspora
Saturday, April 6 | 8:30am-6:00pm.
Born in Dakar, Boubacar Boris Diop is a prolific, award-winning Senegalese novelist and journalist. He is widely recognized as one of the most artistically and philosophically serious writers of his generation, with works that
are characterized by exploration and reflection on the postcolonial condition in Africa. His 2000 novel Murambi: the Book of Bones has been called “a miracle” by Toni Morrison. He is currently teaching Wolof literature at Gaston Berger University in Senegal.
Trevor Getz is a historian of African and global history, and author of numerous books including the award-winning Oxford University Press graphic history Abina and the Important Men and, most recently, the Duke University Press A Primer for Teaching African History. He is passionate about bringing historical research into the classroom,
and currently serves as Principal Content Development and Evaluation Manager for the Gates Ventures On World History Project.
Douriean Fletcher made history by becoming the first Jeweler in the Motion Picture Costumer Union, Local 705 and her work has been seen on NCIS:New Orleans, The Voice, Roots and TLC’s Beauty Masters. Her introduction into the film industry began when her handcrafted pieces of unique jewelry were recognized by Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designer for the film Black Panther. Douriean became the Specialty Jeweler Costumer for Marvel’s Black Panther movie.