- Professor Robin D.G. Kelley presents the three-night series known as the Toni Morrison Lectures. His collected lectures, "Mike Brown's Body: Meditations on War, Race and Democracy," will be compiled and published by Princeton University Press, the co-sponsor of this annual event. The lectures are free and open to the public, and will be held in McCosh 10 on the evenings of April 13th, 14th, and the 15th, starting at 5:30 p.m.
- The inaugural Sports, Race and Society Lecture, a conversation with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, New York Knicks General Manager Steve Mills ’81, ESPN analyst Craig Robinson ’83, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Center for African American Studies, will take place March 24th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Richardson Auditorium of Princeton University. The Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux ’91 will give opening remarks. Tickets are free, but limited.
- On Thursday, December 4th, Princeton University students, faculty and staff walked out of class and joined in a protest in solidarity with movements across the country and world for black lives, and against racism and unjust systems. Follow the link for a moving video of the day's events.
- This year's faculty-graduate seminar, "Black Studies in the Digital Age," will bring eleven scholars to campus over the course of the 2014-15 academic year. The scholars will present works-in-progress on topics related to African Americans studies and the digital humanities to faculty and graduate student seminar participants.
- Dr. Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor joins the Center for African American Studies as Assistant Professor of African American Studies. Taylor's research concerns include race and public policy especially concerning housing. She is also interested in social movements and Black politics in the United States. Taylor received her PhD from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013.
- Dr. Kinohi Nishikawa joins the Center for African American Studies as Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies. Nishikawa specializes in African American literature and modern print culture.His first book manuscript, Reading the Street, outlines the material history and cultural reception of African American pulp fiction in the post-civil rights era. Nishikawa received is PhD in Literature from Duke University in 2010.
- Dr. Ruha Benjamin joins the Center for African American Studies as Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Faculty Associate in the Program on History of Science. Benjamin is the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. Next semester she will teach AAS 301 "Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and Society" and AAS 235 "Race is Socially Constructed: Now What?"
- Dr. Naomi Murakawa, associate professor of African American Studies, publishes her first book, The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America. The book is an analysis of the roots of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America.
- Mark Johnson '95, a strong supporter of the Center for African American Studies, goes out on his own to launch a new technology and communications firm - Astra Capital Management. Derived from the latin phrase, “per astera ad astra,” the spirit of his new venture can be described as, “the harder you work, the higher you go.”
- In addition to taking AAS 201, which will be offered next fall, undergraduates seeking a certificate in African American studies must take five additional courses or seminars either originating in the center, or formally cross-listed by it. Students who fulfill all of the requirements of the program will receive a certificate in African American studies upon graduation. For a registration form and additional details, please see our certificate requirements page.
- April 20, 2015 - Graduate Affairs Event: "#BlkStudiesDigitalAge: Race, Digital Media & Social Networks."
- April 23, 2015 - A Conversation with El Anatsui
- April 25, 2015 - "Unpacking Illegality: Empowering Undocumented Students in Higher Education"
- April 27, 2015 - Improvisation and the Spirit: Recent Music by Courtney Bryan
- April 29, 2015 - Faculty Graduate Seminar - "Black Studies in the Digital Age"