Congratulations to Professor Rose Brewer for earning the 2014 CLA Dean's Medal. On April 8th, she will be honored and present the address, "Black Life in the 21st Century U.S.: Complexities of Political Economy, Race, and Ideology". The program begins at 3pm at the Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium. The CLA Dean's Medal was created by an anonymous donor to reward a faculty member's excellence in scholarship or creative activity.

Congratulations to professors Githire and Wright

Congratulations to Njeri Githire for being awarded a fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study for her project entitled, (In)edible Ideologies: Food, Power and (Post)Colonial Politics in African Literary and Cultural Expression. Her fellowship will begin in academic year 2014-2015.

Congratulations to John Wright for being awarded a Grant-In-Aid for Research, Artistry and Scholarship for his project entitled, Science, Race, and the Dialectics of Chess. He will receive the award in the spring of 2014.

Register for spring semester AFRO courses

2014 Black Writers Retreat Program Extends Deadline to Jan. 12th. Learn more.

Professional Development for Educators
The MPS Teachers Institute | MTI will start in January 2014 and is accepting fellowship applications from teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools. Download an application MTI 2013.pdf

Honoring Mandela

AA&AS joins the world community in celebrating and honoring the life and work of Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013).

"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."
- Nelson Mandela

Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 1pm at Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Avenue. St Paul 55102. Learn more.

President Barack Obama's speech at memorial service for Mandela.
December 10, 2013. View the video.

AFRO Spring Courses; Professional Development for Educators

Register for spring semester AFRO courses

Professional Development for Educators
The MPS Teachers Institute | MTI will start in January 2014 and is accepting fellowship applications from teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools. Download an applicationMTI 2013.pdf

Njeri Githire's text, Cannibal Writes: Eating, Power, and the Politics of Othering in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writing is forthcoming with the University of Illinois Press.

Yuichiro Onishi's text, Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa is forthcoming in July 2013 with New York University Press.

Question Bridge: Black Males


Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Question Bridge: Black Males is a nationally acclaimed art exhibition that holds up the voices and experiences of Black men and boys in the U.S. is coming to the Twin Cities. This transmedia art project seeks to represent and redefine Black male identity in America.

EXHIBITION | May 15 - June 10, 2013
Tues, Wed., & Thurs., 10am - 5pm
Other hours by appointment

BLUEPRINT ROUNDTABLE | May 17, 2013 | 6pm - 8pm

QB_Press Release.pdf

Organizing in the Ranks: Racism & Resistance in the U.S. Military, professors Yuichiro Onishi and Malinda Lindquist, will provide a talk on Thursday, May 16th at 7 p.m. at the St. Paul Labor Centre, 411 Main Street, St. Paul. This event is part of the The Friends of the St. Paul Libraries 15th Annual Untold Stories Series. Learn more at

Congratulations to Walt Jacobs

Associate Professor Walt Jacobs accepts a new position at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, as Founding Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. Read more.

Black History Month

While the lives and histories of peoples of African descent is a matter of daily study for us in AA&AS, we celebrate Black History Month in many ways on campus and around the Twin Cities. Learn more about the history of Black History Month at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and see the list of educational activities.

New Department Chair

Professor Keith Mayes is now Chair of the Department of African American & African Studies. I will return to regular faculty duties after serving as Chair for 5 years. Thanks to all who have helped me maintain AA&AS as a vibrant community. I know that you will do the same for Professor Mayes!

Best Regards,
Walt Jacobs

Black Men Reading event

The Black Men Reading group will hold its celebration of Black Women's Voices from 6:00-8:00 on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The event will feature poet Jessica Care Moore and singer Kiana Marie, and will take place at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

Jessica Care Moore is an internationally renowned poet/publisher/activist/rock star/playwright and actor. She is a five-time winner on Showtime at the Apollo, was featured on hip-hop mega-star Nas' "Nastradamus" album, and was a regular on Russell Simmon's HBO Series, Def Poetry Jam.

Kiana Marie, an aspiring singer/songwriter, appears on Beyonce's "I Am" World Tour DVD, performing the "Single Ladies" dance. She has also performed with veteran artists Bruce Henry, Daryl Beaudreaux, Dan Ristrom, and Kathleen Johnson. Her song "What You Do" features Stokley Williams of Mint Condition.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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