The Center for Afro-American Studies was established in 1972, and began granting degrees within the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979. The Center became the Department of Africana Studies in 1993, and the Department of African and African American Studies in 1999.
40th Anniversary Events (2012-2013)
Retrieving the History of the Black Atlantic
Mini-Conference, presentations by three scholars
Stalker Hall 102, 7:00-9:00
Student Activism at I. S. U.: Founding the African and African
American Studies Program
Public Forum, University Hall Theater, 3:00-4:30
Reception following, University Hall Atrium
Isabel Wilkerson, author of
Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story
of America's Great Migration Public Lecture on the book, University Hall
Theater, 7:00- Reception and book signing following, University Hall Atrium
School of Music Wind and Percussion Scholarship Concert
Directed by Prof. Roby George, I. S. U. School of Music
“American Guernica,” a dedicated to the victims of the 16th Street
Baptist Church bombing, and pieces honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Rosa Parks; guest performers are Mojah Tuba, including Prof.
Jimmy Finney, I. S. U. School of Music
Tilson Music Hall, 4:00-6:00
Thavolia Glymph, Duke University, historian of
slavery and southern women,
author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household. Public Lecture, “Rosa's War: Enslaved Women in i the Battle for Freedom in the Civil War,” University Hall Theater, 7:00 PM
Arnold Rampersad, Stanford University, scholar of African and
African American Studies and History, author of Jackie Robinson:
A Biography -Public Lecture, “The Life and Legacy of Jackie Robinson,” Dede I, 7:30 pm.
Please follow details of these and other events on the Department of History
Facebook Page and
the program website (www.indstate.edu/afri40)