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Ines Maturana Sendoya and Sammie-Marie Oluyede
Ines Maturana Sendoya, director of BC's Thea Bowman AHANA & Intercultural Center, with Brown Award winner Sammie-Marie Oluyede.

AADS Minor Sammie-Marie Oluyede wins the 2017 Dr. Donald Brown Award. This award recognizes a senior who has made extraordinary contributions to Boston College, and particularly to the AHANA community.



Prof. Jean-Charles on the French Elections and Racism.
WBUR Radio's online journal, "Cognoscenti", recently published an Op-Ed essay by Prof. Régine Jean-Charles entitled "A Victory for Macron in France but the Specter of Racism Remains."


Copeland beside bookshelf

Women in Theology in Africa.

Professor of Theology M. Shawn Copeland cites the role of women in the Christian faith as one of the key issues concerning theology on the African continent. She discussed what has, and should, be done to improve the role of women in the Church at a recent conference featured by

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UGBC President elect Achampong (right) and Vice-President elect Christina King (left)

Congratulations to this year's UGBC President and Vice-President elect, Akosua Achampong and Christina King! Achampong, MCAS '18, is an English major with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies.  In addition to being elected President, she is also this year's recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  Christina King, MCAS'18, the UGBC Vice-President elect, is a Sociology major and the recipient of the 2016 Amanda V. Houston Fellowship.

C Shawn McGuffey 2016

Sociology Associate Professor and AADS Core Faculty, C. Shawn McGuffey is the recipient of the 2016 Kimberle Crenshaw Outstanding Article Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. His article is entitled, "Rape and Racial Appraisals: Culture, Intersectionality and Black Women's Account of Sexual Assault." Click here for the full citation. Prof. McGuffey is also the co-recipient of the Distinguished Article Award from the Race, Gender and Class section of the American Sociological Association

Anjali Vats

Communication Assistant Professor and AADS Core Faculty, Prof. Anjali Vats is a featured scholar in the UM Diversity Scholars Network for February 2016. Prof. Vat's teaches courses in the areas of race, rhetoric, law and media studies. Her research is focused on rhetorics of race in law and popular culture. Prof. Vats received a 2016-2017 AAUW postdoctoral fellowship. She will be spending the next academic year as Visiting Professor of Law at UC-Davis Law School.

Blacks in Boston Conference

"Black Bostonians and the Media"

Friday, 6 April 2018

Call for Conference Papers Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST


The 2018 theme is designed to encourage an examination of the media and Boston’s black communities from historical, contemporary, and prospective angles. At a time when the media as foundational sources of information are being buffeted by ideological and political assaults, new economic realities, and rapid technological change, it is important that we examine the effect of these changes on both traditional and cutting-edge forms of news delivery and the consequences for black Bostonians.

To learn more about the Blacks in Boston Conference click here.

To submit a proposal click here


African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 11:59 pm EST


Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) announces its dissertation fellowship competition.  Scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, are eligible to apply.  We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field. Find more information about the African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship.

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Resources and Opportunities


AADS Dissertation Fellowship                                   Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship    

Amanda V Houston Traveling Fellowship


The Amanda V. Houston Travelling Fellowship provides up to $3000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals and research-related expenses. Explore the AADS website to learn more about the AVH Traveling Fellowship.

Upcoming Events

New Directions in African Diaspora Lecture Series

Oct. 19, M. NourbeSe Philip                                     Poet and Scholar                                                        Higgins Auditorium 300, 5:00-6:30 pm                  "Zong! UnMasked - From Dark Matters to the Blackest Black."

Nov. 1, Jessica Marie Johnson                                   Assistant Professor of History, John Hopkins University   Devlin 101, 4:30-6:00 pm                                         "Spared With Them: African and Native Women and the Violence of Resistance."

Works-In-Progress Lecture Series

Nov. 1, Anjali Vats                                                       Assistant Professor of Communication & AADS               Boston College                                                         Lyons Hall 301E, 12-1:30 pm
" 'Take My Name, I Don't Need It': Prince, Naming and (Intellectual) Property Rights for Black Creators"

Nov. 29, Régine Jean-Charles                                       Associate Professor of RLL and AADS, Boston College     Lyons Hall 301E, 12-1:30 pm
" 'Gran moun se moun': Aging and Intersectionality in Haitian Novels"



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