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Thursday, November 12th, 4:30-6:00 pm, McGuinn Hall 121

Olive Senior, Writer

'''Like Soldiers Going to War': The West Indian Builders of the Panama Canal"


Thursday, Februrary 25, 4:30-6:00 pm, Devlin Hall 101

Professor Joshua Guild, Department of History, Princeton University

"'This Could Be You': Confronting the Specter of Racial Violence in Postwar New York and London"

Works-In-Progress Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 4, 12:00-1:30 pm, Lyons 301             

Adam Lewis, Assistant Professor of English, Boston College

 "The Liberia Herald's Transatlantic Exchanges"


Wednesday, February 17, 12:00-1:30 pm, Lyons 301               

Tyesha Maddox, AADS 2015-2016 Dissertation Fellow

Department of History, New York University

"From Invisible to Immigrants: Political Activism and the Construction of Caribbean American Identity, 1890–1940"










African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: Friday, 15 January 2016 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.

Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship

Deadline: Wednesday, 30 March 2016 at 5 pm EST

The Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship provides up to $3,000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals, and  research-related expenses. The award must be used between 1 June and 20 January of the fellowship year to facilitate a research project of between 15 and 20 double-spaced pages. Find out more about the AVH Traveling Fellowship.


AADS Newsletter Voices of Diaspora

Voices of the Diaspora

Fall 2015

Blacks in Boston Conference

"Blacks in Boston: Black ... and Immigrant"

Saturday, 2 April 2016, Gasson Hall 100.

Call for Papers Deadline: 15 October 2015. To learn more about the Blacks in Boston Conference, please click here. Please view the Call For Papers flyer here.


AVH Traveling Fellowship Winner Undertook Research Project in Africa

Sonia Chiamaka Okorie traveled to Ghana on an Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship to conduct a research project on malaria prevention as a volunteer with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), a non-governmental organization. As a GHEI field coordinator, she worked with other volunteers and local community health workers on comprehensive surveys that gauged the success of past malaria interventions and identified opportunities for new interventions. Read the BC Chronicle's article and Chiamaka's blog post about her experience in Ghana.


Dr. M. Shawn Copeland Wins Catholic Press Association Award

Theology Professor and AADS Core Faculty, Prof. M. Shawn Copeland won a first place Catholic Press Award in the category of Best Essay Originating With a Magazine or Newsletter: National General Interest Magazine. She was recognized for her piece "Revisiting Racism" for America Magazine.



Faculty News

Associate Professor Shawn McGuffey published an article with the International Justice Project exploring attitudes in South Africa after Sudanese President Bashir was allowed to leave the country.


Faculty News

Prof. C. Shawn McGuffey attended an international conference in Tanzania to discuss Darfurian refugees with African/regionally-based experts, policy makers, human rights practitioners, and representatives from the Hague (International Criminal Court). Prof. McGuffey's past research helped inform the ways in which the Darfurian genocide is being handled at the International Criminal Court. Read more here.



Rhonda Frederick

Faculty Publication Highlights featuring Prof. Rhonda Frederick

Boston College Libraries’ features Prof. Rhonda Frederick’s article, "Making Jamaican Love: Colin Channer's Waiting in Vain and Romance-ified Diaspora Identities." Click here to read the article and to watch the interview.



Faculty Publication Highlights featuring Prof. Regine Jean-Charles

Prof. Jean Charles' recent publication, Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary was featured by the Boston College Libraries. Click here to watch the full interview with Prof. Jean-Charles.

Advancing Research and Scholarship at Boston College

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AADS Director, Martin Summers, will be a panelist for this inaugural University wide event. This year’s theme is Global Public Health: Policy, Disparity and Disease.  For event details and registration, click here.


Prof. Young

Faculty Publication Highlights: Dr. Cynthia Young

Dr. Young’s article entitled “Black Ops: Black Masculinity and the War on Terror” was recently published in the American Quarterly. Click here to read Dr. Cynthia Young’s article.


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