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Angel David Nieves
Nieves Presents at DHi’s Digital Witness Symposium

Angel David Nieves, associate professor of Africana studies and co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), presented at the Fourth Digital Witness Symposium.  More ...

Jorett Joseph '15 sorts donated books and belts for the orphanage she's working with in Haiti.
Jorett Joseph ’15 Seeks to Recognize Black Women’s Accomplishments

In history books, the accomplishments of black women are among those most underrepresented. Through her Emerson Foundation project this summer, Jorett Joseph ’15 aims to research and recognize the efforts of black women who have promoted justice within their communities.  More ...

Heather Merrill
Merrill Presents Paper in Iceland

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Heather Merrill presented a paper titled “Black Spatialities: Technologies of Invisibility in Europe’s Border Regimes” at the Nordic Geographers’ Meeting, held June 11-14 in Reykjavik, Iceland.  More ...

Angel David Nieves
Nieves Attends NEH Digital Humanities Institute

Angel David Nieves, associate professor of Africana studies and co-director of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative, recently attended the Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities. The three-week program was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.  More ...

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 ...

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