It's hard to believe, the Department of African American & African Studies has been in existence on the University of Minnesota campus for forty-one years. The Department started out in 1969 as a small unit that knew the contributions of African descendants and the great need for its scholarship.
Forty-one years later, our coalition of supporters and alumni continue to grow and make a difference across the world.
The Department could not be prouder of all the progress we've made with your support over the years. But in these challenging and exciting times, there is little time to look backward. The challenges we face are too great and the opportunities ahead of us are too urgent.
Instead, the Department would like to offer you five recent accomplishments that give you reason to celebrate:
1. Rose Brewer (faculty) selected as the University of Minnesota Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Awardee for Fall 2009. This prestigious award has been established to acknowledge and honor the scholarly accomplishments and leadership of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to offer a forum for them to share their insights and ideas with a campus and community audience.
2. Ernest Comer (student) was awarded a 2009 President's Student Leadership and Service Award. Each year, the President's Student Leadership and Service Awards (PSLSA) recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. It is presented to approximately onehalf of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.
3. Njeri Githire (faculty) and Walt Jacobs (faculty) were selected by the University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Arts, Design, and Humanities faculty committee to receive 2009- 2010 Annual Awards of $3,000 for the projects "Consuming Passions: Consumption, Encounter and Gender in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writings" (Githire) and "Diasporic Ghost Stories" (Jacobs). The Imagine Fund mission is to support, sustain, and enliven arts and humanities research and activities on the four University campuses.
4. Keith Mayes (faculty) obtained final publication acceptance for his book Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of an African American Holiday Tradition. Routledge will publish it in summer 2009.
5. Antoni Tang (student) received a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship to study in Venezuela (one of only three available Fulbright Teaching Assistant Grants to Venezuela). Noah Sims (student) was a finalist for a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship to study in Tanzania.
The issues we've tackled have been different over the last 41 years, but one thing has not changed. When you make a donation to the Department of AA&AS, these are the kind of great results you can expect.
Please help us keep this important work moving forward for the next 41 years by making a donation today. Every dollar really makes a difference.
To make a donation go to: http://afroam.umn.edu/gift/ and click on Make a gift to the Department of African American & African Studies online through the University of Minnesota Foundation.