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.

Upcoming Events:

Black Comic Con Opening Reception
Friday, February 7th at 4:30pm
Where: Stafford Reading Area
Please come out to celebrate the opening of the Black Comic Con display, and entirely student led exhibition and the first comic con in Dickinson history!

Anedra Edwards 10 Skype Presentation
Stafford Reading Area
When: Friday, February 7th at 5pm
Anedra Edwards 10 manages over 1,800 visual effects shots for the CW Networks Black Lightning series.  She will help celebrate the opening of our Black Comic Con exhibit and will answer questions via Skype and show clips of her work. 

Thursday Café
Thursday, February 27th at 12pm
Where: Hartman House
Come hang out with fellow majors, minors, and faculty in the program.  Bring your lunch and a friend!

Black History Festival
When: Saturday, February 29th at 10am-3pm
Where: Hamilton Elementary School
Celebrate Black history while cheering on Dickinson students who are featured singers, dancers, and stay for the Dickinson student led fashion show!

Contact Info

Lynn Johnson
Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Department Coordinator:
Sarah Velez


Althouse Science Hall - Room G11
Mailing Address



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 a professor of creative writing at the American University of Nigeria.



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.

Max lyonga

Max Lyonga

Max Lyonga is a contemporary Cameroonian painter and visiting Artist in Residence at Dickinson College. A self-taught artist, his "mokwe Style'' is a mix of abstract as well as impressionism; he paints with acrylic as well as local painting materials. Max believes that painting should be an instrument used to take people to a journey full of hope and joy. 

"Art without Boundaries" is a collection of some of his paintings done before the English speaking crisis and those produced after moving to the French speaking area. It is like a journey in two mental states of inspiration.