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EVENT: National Council for Black Studies Emerging Scholars Presentations, w/ Dr. Grace Gipson (Oct. 26) [View Image]

EVENT: National Council for Black Studies Emerging Scholars Presentations, w/ Dr. Grace Gipson (Oct. 26)

October 13, 2020

On Monday, October 26 at 6 PM, African American Studies professor Grace Gipson, PhD will participate in a virtual panel for National Council for Black Studies Emerging Scholars Presentations. The free online event is presented in honor of Black History Month Scotland. View the event page for more information, and a link to register.

Chioke I'Anson Named Inaugural Director of Community Media Center [View Image]

Chioke I'Anson Named Inaugural Director of Community Media Center

August 13, 2020

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and VPM, Virginias home for public media, are creating a media center inside the ICA for the production of audio content by VCU students, local community members and VPM professionals. African American Studies Assistant Professor Chioke I'Anson, PhD, was named the inaugural director of the center.

Q&A With Dr. Grace Gipson [View Image]

Q&A With Dr. Grace Gipson

August 10, 2020

Q&A with Dr. Grace Gipson, who joins the Department of African American Studies as an Assistant Professor this semester.

Student Documents Richmond Protests Through Photos [View Image]

Student Documents Richmond Protests Through Photos

June 3, 2020

Richmond residents have joined people from around the country in protesting violence against the Black community in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Virginia Commonwealth University student Christopher Brown has captured the protest in photographs, which are shared here with permission.

 

Statement on Recent Events [View Image]

Statement on Recent Events

June 3, 2020

The Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University condemns the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers; the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers; the ambush and execution of Ahmaud Arbery in south Georgia; the attempted assault of Christian Cooper in Central Park; and the countless other Black people that have been rendered victims of the unrelenting terror that is white supremacy. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and pray that you find solace in your hour of grief--and know that we share in your sorrow. 

African American Studies Welcomes New Faculty Member [View Image]

African American Studies Welcomes New Faculty Member

April 27, 2020

The Department of African American Studies is excited to welcome a new faculty member. Grace Gipson, PhD will join the department full-time in the coming academic year.

New Course for AFAM Majors [View Image]

New Course for AFAM Majors

April 27, 2020

The Department of African American Studies is committed to offering a curriculum that is relevant and engaging. In Fall 2019, the department introduced a new course to its core curriculum: AFAM 201-Theories and Foundations of Africana Studies.

African American Studies Offers New Internship Opportunities [View Image]

African American Studies Offers New Internship Opportunities

April 27, 2020

Community engagement is a key value of the Department of African American Studies. Beginning in Fall 2020, students will have new opportunities to engage with the Richmond community thanks to a new internship component that will be added to the department’s core curriculum. In addition to earning course credit and building work experience, students will learn firsthand what they can do with their African American Studies degree after they graduate.

Alumni spotlight: Iresha Picot (H&S '07) [View Image]

Alumni spotlight: Iresha Picot (H&S '07)

April 2, 2020

Iresha Picot (BA African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies‘07/H&S) M.Ed, LBS is a licensed behavior specialist and the Clinical Lead at The Center for Autism in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has built an incredible start to her early career—not only as a behavioral support resource for families with autistic children but also as an experienced educator, birth advocate and published author.

COVID-19 Resources [View Image]

COVID-19 Resources

March 17, 2020

Resources and information to help students navigate the changes in VCU's operations due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

African American Studies Hosts 2020 Black History in the Making Ceremony [View Image]

African American Studies Hosts 2020 Black History in the Making Ceremony

February 28, 2020

On the evening of Monday, February 24, the Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making award ceremony.

Dr. Mignonne Guy weighs in on mysterious vaping deaths [View Image]

Dr. Mignonne Guy weighs in on mysterious vaping deaths

December 16, 2019

Mysterious deaths and illnesses associated with vaping have raised concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes. African American Studies professor Dr. Mignonne Guy, whose research is focused on tobacco use, was quoted in a recent article on the phenomenon.

Dr. Bernard Moitt and History Department introduce new study abroad scholarship [View Image]

Dr. Bernard Moitt and History Department introduce new study abroad scholarship

December 16, 2019

The Department of History has established the Dr. Bernard Moitt Barbados Study Abroad Scholarship to provide funding to students interested in participating in Barbados: Atlantic History and Culture, the summer study abroad program Dr. Moitt has directed for over 20 years.

Ancestral Remains Returned to Richmond [View Image]

Ancestral Remains Returned to Richmond

November 27, 2019

A November 25 ceremony on the MCV campus honored the return of ancestral remains to Richmond.

African American Studies Welcomes New Faculty [View Image]

African American Studies Welcomes New Faculty

September 19, 2019

This year, African American Studies welcomes two new faculty members to the department.

Dr. Mignonne Guy Elected President of Faculty Council [View Image]

Dr. Mignonne Guy Elected President of Faculty Council

June 20, 2019

African American Studies professor Mignonne Guy, PhD was recently elected president of Faculty Council, as reported by the College of Humanities and Sciences. 

Black History in the Making 2019 [View Image]

Black History in the Making 2019

March 25, 2019

On Thursday, February 28, the Department of African American Studies honored the recipients of the 2019 Black History in the Making Award.

Black History in the Making was founded in 1983 by Dr. Daryl Dance, the distinguished scholar of African American and Caribbean literature who served as Program Coordinator during the 1983-84 academic year. Dr. Dance established Black History in the Making to recognize the achievements of African American students.

Black History Month 2019 [View Image]

Black History Month 2019

January 31, 2019

Throughout February, join us in celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events that are either sponsored by the African American Studies department or that feature our faculty members.

New Student Group for African American Studies Students [View Image]

New Student Group for African American Studies Students

March 21, 2019

A new student organization, The Black Experience, launched recently. The group is aimed at African American Studies majors and minors, as well as any students who are interested in African American Studies.
Event: Second book signing with Bol Gai Deng scheduled for December 6 [View Image]

Event: Second book signing with Bol Gai Deng scheduled for December 6

November 30, 2018

On Thursday, December 6, the Department of African American Studies presents a second talk and book signing by Bol Gai Deng at 7:00 PM in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in the University Student Commons.

EVENT: Bol Gai Deng: Legacy of an African Freedom Fighter (Talk and Book Signing) [View Image]

EVENT: Bol Gai Deng: Legacy of an African Freedom Fighter (Talk and Book Signing)

October 22, 2018

On Friday, October 26, the Department of African American Studies presents a talk and book signing by Bol Gai Deng. Deng, who arrived in the US nearly 20 years ago as a Sudanese refugee, is now a VCU alumnus and is running for president of South Sudan. He will be discussing his story and his book Bol Gai Deng: Legacy of an African Freedom Fighter, which he wrote with Andrea McDaniel.

Attendance is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale at the event.
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EVENT: "Dark Girls" Screening and Panel Discussion

September 28, 2018

On Saturday, October 13, the Department of African American Studies will present a screening of the documentary Dark Girls, followed by a panel discussion.

Black History in the Making 2018 [View Image]

Black History in the Making 2018

March 23, 2018

On February 28, the Department of African American Studies honored the 46 recipients of the 2018 Black History in the Making Award.

Panel Discusses Black Panther Movie [View Image]

Panel Discusses Black Panther Movie

March 22, 2018

On Monday, March 19, the Department of African American Studies hosted a panel discussion on the hit Marvel superhero movie Black Panther.

AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at FDA Conference [View Image]

AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at FDA Conference

February 13, 2018

In Fall 2017, Kellie Green, a research assistant in Dr. Mignonne Guy's lab, presented research at the annual Grantee Meeting held by the National Institute of Health’s Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS).

AFAM Students Visit Capitol to Support Bill [View Image]

AFAM Students Visit Capitol to Support Bill

February 9, 2018

Students taking taking Dr. Mignonne Guy's AFAM 499 course visited the Virginia State Capitol to a support bill that would provide funding for Historic African American Cemeteries.

Artist Shawn Theodore Shares Insight, Advice [View Image]

Artist Shawn Theodore Shares Insight, Advice

April 24, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, the Department of African American Studies hosted Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist Shawn Theodore. Theodore’s visit and talk were part of the department’s spring lecture series, titled “The Black Artist in Perspective.” In between meeting with students and giving a talk at the Depot, Theodore sat down with African American Studies instructor Chioke I’Anson, PhD to discuss his career, his thoughts on what it means to be a black artist, and his advice to students and prospective artists.

Event: The Black Artist in Perspective: Shawn Theodore [View Image]

Event: The Black Artist in Perspective: Shawn Theodore

April 4, 2017

As part of its Spring Lecture Series, African American Studies presents a talk by Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Theodore on April 12.

Panel Will Explore Legacy of the Black Panther Party [View Image]

Panel Will Explore Legacy of the Black Panther Party

March 30, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11, the Department of African American Studies will sponsor a panel discussion with three former members of the Black Panther Party to explore the lessons and legacy of the group's mission.

Black History in the Making 2017 [View Image]

Black History in the Making 2017

March 10, 2017

The Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making ceremony on February 15, 2017.

The Black History in the Making award is given each February to exemplary students who have made an impression in their departments.

Two Events Offer Opportunities for Students to Learn More about Majoring or Minoring in AFAM [View Image]

Two Events Offer Opportunities for Students to Learn More about Majoring or Minoring in AFAM

February 8, 2017

Interested in learning more about the Department of African American Studies? Join us next week at the Diversity Scholars in Research Week Networking Fair and the VCU Spring Open House in African American Studies

Spring Lecture Series 2017: Aniekan Udofia [View Image]

Spring Lecture Series 2017: Aniekan Udofia

February 2, 2017

AFAM kicks off its Spring Lecture Series with a February 8 talk titled The Black Artist in Perspective: Aniekan Udofia.

Black History Month 2017 [View Image]

Black History Month 2017

January 23, 2017

This February, celebrate Black History Month with events and programming from the Department of African American Studies and other VCU departments.

Chioke I'Anson is Named Voice of NPR [View Image]

Chioke I'Anson is Named Voice of NPR

January 17, 2017

 

AFAM instructor Chioke I'Anson recently became one of the newest voices of NPR, lending his voice to sponsor credits.

Work by AFAM Professor and Students Leads to New Tobacco Prevention Program [View Image]

Work by AFAM Professor and Students Leads to New Tobacco Prevention Program

January 10, 2017

Tobacco prevention research conducted by Aashir Nasim, PhD has resulted in a new teaching module aimed at young people.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Comes to VCU [View Image]

Rev. Jesse Jackson Comes to VCU

October 4, 2016

Dr. Mignonne Guy had an opportunity to meet Rev. Jesse Jackson during his recent visit to Virginia Commonwealth University.

AFAM Welcomes New Interim Chair [View Image]

AFAM Welcomes New Interim Chair

September 9, 2016

Dr. Shawn O. Utsey has been named the new interim Chair of African American Studies

AFAM Welcomes New Students [View Image]

AFAM Welcomes New Students

August 22, 2016

The Department of African American Studies welcomes both new and returning students for the Fall 2016 semester. Are you thinking of majoring or minoring in African American Studies? Click here to find out more.

AFAM Offers Counseling, Safe Space in Light of Recent Events [View Image]

AFAM Offers Counseling, Safe Space in Light of Recent Events

July 13, 2016

In light of recent events that have occurred nationally, specifically the murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the five Dallas Police Officers, the Department of African American Studies at VCU is providing opportunities for members of the VCU and greater Richmond community to process their thoughts and feelings in a safe space and supportive environment.

 

Two Sections of AFAM 211 Offered Over Summer [View Image]

Two Sections of AFAM 211 Offered Over Summer

May 12, 2016

Looking for a summer class? AFAM is offering two sections of AFAM 211: Africana Social and Political Thought.

Taquara Rashida Felix Crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands [View Image]

Taquara Rashida Felix Crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands

April 26, 2016

VCU alum and former AFAM student Taquara Rashida Felix was recently crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands.

AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at Undergraduate Poster Symposium [View Image]

AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at Undergraduate Poster Symposium

April 25, 2016

Jennifer Brooks, research assistant to Dr. Mignonne Guy, presents her research at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity.

AFAM Presents Global Garveyism Symposium [View Image]

AFAM Presents Global Garveyism Symposium

April 20, 2016

The Department of African American Studies is proud to invite the VCU community to attend the Global Garveyism Symposium from April 21-23.

Two for One [View Image]

Two for One

August 20, 2015

Double Major in African American Studies without paying more, without staying longer

The Freshman 15 [View Image]

The Freshman 15

August 20, 2014

Making good decisions about the foods you consume…and the 18 credit hours in open course electives you complete.

Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Here… [View Image]

Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Here…

August 20, 2014

Record student enrollment for African American Studies in 2014-2015

We Transform Lives, Yours Too [View Image]

We Transform Lives, Yours Too

August 20, 2014

Our professors are committed to providing high quality academic experiences for students.

Henry ‘Box’ Brown: At the Intersection of Two Peculiar Institutions [View Image]

Henry ‘Box’ Brown: At the Intersection of Two Peculiar Institutions

February 23, 2014

Many have heard the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a Richmond slave from the early 1800s. Brown is known for his ingenious yet risky method of escape from slavery. In March of 1849 two men nailed Henry into a box that was only three feet long, two feet high and two feet wide with three tiny holes for air. 

Precious Lewis- Student Spotlight [View Image]

Precious Lewis- Student Spotlight

February 24, 2014

Precious Lewis, a VCU senior, was awarded a research fellowship at Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program.  With three majors--African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and History--this ambitious VCU student sought an applied summer research experience that complemented the conceptual and theoretical perspectives discussed in her African American Studies courses during the academic year.

African American Studies Enhances, Restructures its Undergraduate Curriculum [View Image]

African American Studies Enhances, Restructures its Undergraduate Curriculum

February 25, 2014

During a January 2014 meeting, VCU’s University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) approved new degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in African American Studies. Not since the program’s inception in 1971, and its approval as a degree-granting program in 2003, has the undergraduate curriculum been enhanced significantly to reflect major advances in the field.

AAAC Reunion: Inaugural Distinguished Scholars Reception and Lecture Series [View Image]

AAAC Reunion: Inaugural Distinguished Scholars Reception and Lecture Series

February 23, 2014

When: Friday, April 11 - 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture
Where: Academic Learning Commons, first floor, 1000 Floyd Ave.
Cost: No charge

Congratulations Graduates!!! We Are The First 50! [View Image]

Congratulations Graduates!!! We Are The First 50!

February 10, 2014

In April 2003, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) approved VCU’s Department of African American Studies as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. It was the first stand-alone major in African American Studies in the Commonwealth.

Academic Success Office: Helping AFAM students create pathways to excellence [View Image]

Academic Success Office: Helping AFAM students create pathways to excellence

October 21, 2014

Since fall 2014, the newly established Academic Success Office (ASO) in the Department of African American Studies has assisted dozens of AFAM students with their course planning, study abroad programs; and careers and graduate school.

$20 Million in Research Funding Boosts African American Studies [View Image]

$20 Million in Research Funding Boosts African American Studies

February 21, 2014

African American Studies faculty, Drs. Aashir Nasim and Mignonne Guy, are investigators on federal and foundation research grants totaling over $20 million.

New Spring 2015 course in African American Studies Ferguson, USA: Race and criminal justice in historical perspective [View Image]

New Spring 2015 course in African American Studies Ferguson, USA: Race and criminal justice in historical perspective

December 3, 2013

On August 9, 2014, an eighteen-year-old black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson during an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri, a majority-black suburb of St. Louis.

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