African American Studies

October 15, 2014

Colour of Music Festival is Coming!

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October 1, 2014

Study Abroad in Barbados! Info Session on Oct 8!


September 30, 2014

“These are the Breaks” Artist Lecture by Producer 9th Wonder


September 18, 2014

What Can I Do with an African American Studies Major?! Student Panel Discussion


September 17, 2014

“Black Students and Black Studies: A Founding History, 1966-1970″ by Ibram Kendi


Alternative Fall Break


National Fair Housing Alliance (Paid) Volunteer Opportunity!

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September 16, 2014

Richard Porcher: Lecture & Book Signing

Richard Porcher’s long-awaited magnum opus “The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice” was published in the summer of 2014 by the University of South Carolina Press.
A botanist by training, Porcher has brought all his academic expertise together with the passion of a lowcountry native to provide a comprehensive history of the rice industry in South Carolina from its beginnings in the 1680s to its demise in the early twentieth
century. In partnership with the Lowcountry Rice Project, the CLAW program will host a lecture and book-signing by Dr. Porcher on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the new Science Building at the corner of Calhoun and Coming Street, with a reception following in the Addlestone Library.


September 1, 2014

Fall 2014 Events Calendar Published

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Fall 2014 Events

LECTURE–”Black Students and Black Studies: A Founding History, 1966-1970″
September 23 ~ 6pm ~ Wells Fargo Auditorium
Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Albany and Brown University, kicks off the new African American Studies major with a lecture on the black campus movement that gave rise to the discipline of Black Studies. Between 1965 and 1972, African American students at upwards of a thousand historically black and white American colleges and universities organized, demanded, and protested for Black Studies, progressive Black universities, new faces, new ideas–in short, a truly diverse system of higher education relevant to the Black community. Taking inspiration from the Black Power
Movement, Black students drew support from many quarters–including White, Latino, Chicano, Asian American, and Native American students–and disrupted and challenged institutions in nearly every state. By the end, black students had thoroughly reshaped the face of the academy.

BOOK DISCUSSION ~ September 18 ~ 6:15 ~ John L. Dart Library, 1067 King Street
Join us for a discussion of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

ARTIST’S TALK–Hip Hop Producer DJ 9th Wonder
October 6 ~ 6pm ~ Wells Fargo Auditorium
Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award Winning Producer, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist. Since his introduction to hip-hop in 1982, 9th has been immersed in the music and culture of the art form, while gaining experience in music theory throughout middle and high school. 9th attended North Carolina Central University, where he decided to pursue a career in music. He has produced music for Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, David Banner, and Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks television show. He is the president, founder and CEO of It’s a Wonderful World Music Group, which focuses on catering to the 28 to 40 year old demographic of hip-hop music lovers. 9th
believes in the preservation of Black Music throughout all its divisions (jazz, gospel, funk, soul, afrobeat, hip-hop), and its connections to music enthnocology and the African diaspora. 9th was recently appointed the National Ambassador For Hip-Hop Relations and Culture for the NAACP by Ben Jealous, President of The NAACP, where he leads a board of PhD’s, Hip-Hop Artists, and Juris Doctorates.

BOOK DISCUSSION ~ November 20 ~ 6:15 ~ John L. Dart Library, 1067 King Street
Join us for a discussion of Octavia Butler’s Dawn

The Avery Research Center hosts a wide variety of lectures, brown bag discussions, art exhibits, and other programs exploring African American history and culture. A calendar of Avery’s programs can be found at

July 14, 2014

@AASTCofC Twitter account hacked by current student, Hannah Craig!

On student orientation days our awesome AAST minor (possibly new major) Hannah Craig will be hacking the African American Studies twitter account to keep new and prospective students in the know about life at CofC, particularly as it relates to being a major or minor of African American Studies.

Meet Hannah here, first:


My name is Hannah Craig. I am a rising senior majoring in Communication,  minoring in AA Studies (possibly soon to become a double major). I recently studied abroad in Barbados thought the AA Studies program and it was an amazing experience. I enjoy hanging with friends and family, listening to music,reading, fashion, journaling, and Youtubing (I’m actually obsessed with YouTube haha). My favorite food is chicken. My favorite color is purple and my favorite animal is a blue bird. If I could have any superpower I would fly and if my life could be the name of a current movie, it would be LOL because I love laughing and joking around. My dream job other than being a firefighter, detective or princess would be to travel the world and speak to young girls about self-worth.

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