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Nigel Westmaas
Westmaas Presents Paper on Caribbean Slave Rebellions

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas presented a paper at a Guyana conference to mark the 250th anniversary of the 1763 Guyana revolution where slaves rose up and controlled the territory of Berbice for more than a year against Dutch colonists. The paper was titled “Comparing Berbice (1763) and the Haitian (1791-1804) Slave Rebellions: Context, Course and Outcomes."  More ...

Ivy Akumu '15
Ivy Akumu ’15 Seeks to Demystify African Religion in Emerson Project

When Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was released, it generated both curiosity and criticism for its portrayal of Christianity. For Ivy Akumu ’15, it sparked an interest in the history of Christianity and, by extension, of other religions. Her growing fascination led to an Emerson Foundation-funded research project this summer, titled “Demystifying African Religion.”  Through this project, she aims to deconstruct misconceptions about traditional African religions, partially through drawing parallels between them and Christianity.  More ...

Nigel Westmaas
Westmaas Appointed to Editorial Board of New Journal

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas has been appointed to the editorial board of a new peer reviewed journal. The Journal of Race and Global Social Change (JRGSC) is “committed to the study of race, its social construction, and resistance within the global context.”  More ...

Carter and Merrill Contribute to Book on Social Inequality

Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Africana Studies Donald Carter and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Heather Merrill co-authored the foreword to Geographies of Privilege (Routledge, 2013), edited by France Winddance Twine and Bradley Gardener.  More ...

Angel David Nieves
Nieves Gives Keynote at Austin College

Angel David Nieves, associate professor of Africana studies and co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative, gave the opening keynote address on Feb. 19 at Austin College’s Digital Humanities Colloquium.  More ...

Nigel Westmaas
Associated Press Quotes Westmaas

The Associated Press quoted Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas in an article titled “Guyana Officials stay nearly twenty years in mandates.” Westmaas discussed the country’s failure to hold municipal elections for nearly 20 years. Published on March 1, the article appeared in many news outlets including The Washington Post.  More ...

Heather Merrill
Merrill Contributes Article to Geographies of Privilege

An article by Associate Professor of Africana Studies and human geographer Heather Merrill, “Who Gets to Be Italian? Black Life Worlds and White Spatial Imaginaries,” is published in the book Geographies of Privilege, edited by France Winddance Twine and Bradley Gardener, Routledge, 2013.  More ...

Nigel Westmaas
Westmaas Discusses Carnival on Atlanta Radio

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Nigel Westmaas was an invited guest on Radio Free Georgia 89.3 on Feb. 9 to discuss Carnival in the Caribbean and the Americas.  Westmaas shared his knowledge and experience of the regional and global Pre-Lenten Carnival celebration and its historical, religious and cultural roots with the panel.  More ...

Donald Carter contributed an article to <em>African Migrations: Patterns and Perspectives</em>
Carter Publishes Essay on Italian Immigration Crisis

An article by Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Africana Studies Donald Carter appears in African Migrations: Patterns and Perspectives.  More ...

Donald Carter
Carter Publishes Chapter in Africa in Europe

An article by Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Africana Studies Donald Carter was published as a chapter in Africa in Europe: Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century. “Blackness Over Europe: Meditations on Culture and Belonging” appears in a section titled “Post-colonial Belonging.”  More ...

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