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Africana studies is a tradition of intellectual inquiry and study of African peoples. Africana scholars document the global migrations and reconstruction of African peoples as well as patterns of linkages to the African continent (and among the peoples of the African diaspora). The Africana Studies and Research Center is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized scholars and educators, socially conscious intellectuals and students representing each of Cornell's undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges.

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"The ability to look upon the body, affirmatively, must counter the historical dispossession of the black body, and in particular....of undervalued life."   Professor Gerard Aching

In the Society for the Humanities Annual Invitational Lecture March 2, 2016, Professor Gerard Aching drew parallels between the calls to action in books by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Franz Fanon and the unfolding of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more 

Professor Gerard Aching is the author of "Freedom from Liberation: Slavery, Sentiment, and Literature in Cuba" (Indiana University Press, 2015)

Featured Graduate Student: Nadia Sasso

As a graduate student considering universities for her doctoral degree, Nadia Sasso was attracted to Cornell's Ph.D. program in Africana studies because its professors specialized in issues related to both African-Americans and Africans living in the U.S. and other countries. She also liked its support for her social entrepreneurship ventures, its focus on education in her home country of Sierra Leone and its newness, which would allow her to combine her academic interests with her work in film, multimedia and social media.

Click here to read more about Nadia's graduate work.