- We thank the supportive and generous Princeton University alumni who recognize the important work of the Center for African American Studies. On March 11, we dedicated the Hobson-Rogers Seminar Room and the Barfield-Johnson Seminar Room of Stanhope Hall, our historic home.
- Registration for spring courses begins on December 3rd, and this spring CAAS offers more courses than ever previously offered, including eleven new courses. New faculty members contribute significantly to the increase in courses. Take a look at the spring courses and spread the word about these exciting offerings.
- 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.
- On April 23rd, members of the Black Student Union launched the photography/commentary project, "I, Too, Am Princeton." Connecting to "I Am" movements around the nation and world, over 50 Princeton University students came together to reveal vulnerable and anguising moments in their day-to-day navigations on-campus.
- December 2, 2014 - "Why are White People Called 'Caucasian?'"
- December 8, 2014 - Malik Rahim Lecture
- December 10, 2014 - Faculty Graduate Seminar - "Black Studies in the Digital Age"
- February 11, 2015 - Faculty Graduate Seminar - "Black Studies in the Digital Age"
- February 25, 2015 - Faculty Graduate Seminar - "Black Studies in the Digital Age"