Africana Studies Becomes an Academic Department at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

The African studies program at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, was established more than a half century ago. Now for the first time, it will be an academic department at the college.

The new department will be interdisciplinary where students learn about how the modern world came into existence throughout the African continent, and the worldwide African diaspora, as well as the significant roles Africa and the African diaspora (which includes the United States) played in creating the modern and contemporary worlds over the last six centuries. Africana studies now has four core faculty members operating in different fields: religion, anthropology, literature, and history.

Tess Chakkalakal, the Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College and chair of the new department, stated that “this move signals to the college that Africana studies is a discipline with a specific set of methods and conventions that can be learned through the major we’ve crafted. Africana studies has come a long way since its beginnings here at Bowdoin in 1969. Many of the program’s developments and challenges were discussed and celebrated during the AFAM 50 celebration weekend in November 2019 and this change in status is a direct result of those conversations. The move to department institutionalizes those developments.”

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Yale Issues Formal Apology After Research Finds Historic Ties to Slavery

"Today, on behalf of Yale University, we recognize our university’s historical role in and associations with slavery, as well as the labor, the experiences, and the contributions of enslaved people to our university’s history, and we apologize for the ways that Yale’s leaders, over the course of our early history, participated in slavery," says Yale University President Peter Salovey, and Josh Bekenstein, senior trustee of the Yale Corporation.

Kean University Establishes New Center for Africana Studies

“This new center epitomizes the university’s commitment to equity and to serving our state, particularly our urban communities,” said Kean University president Lamont Repollet. 

Pew Research Center Provides Insight into Share of Black-Owned Businesses in the United States

Through analyzing data from the United States Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation, the Pew Research Center found that Black-owned businesses make up 3 percent of companies and earn 1 percent of gross revenue in the United States.

Martin Lemellle Appointed the Eleventh President of Grambling State University

Dr. Martin Lemelle has been serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Featured Jobs