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Library Building 643 (L-643)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Welcome to the Department of African American Studies
Thank you for your interest in our degree programs in African American Studies Department.
The African American Studies Department is designed to bring into disciplinary focus, through inter-departmental and multicultural course offerings in Liberal Arts and Sciences, the history and culture of Africans and their descendents, throughout the diaspora from antiquity to the present.
Readings and classrooms lectures bring research, critical analysis, synthesis, and interpretation to bear on the contributions of peoples of African descent to the genesis and the development of human civilization. African American Studies is fundamentally concerned with the stimulation of intellectual growth and the development of humanist principles.
Celebrating 50 Years of African American Studies
Aaron Douglas. "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery to Reconstruction." Oil on canvas, 1934. The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division.
Please join African American Studies as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Discipline. Through the theme The Legacy of Storytelling: Celebrating 50 Years of African American Studies, the department will continue to recognize that it is a part of an intellectual tradition, whereby students, faculty and community members around the globe continue to engage in the rigorous study of the African Diaspora. During the 2018-2019 academic year, African American Studies will launch curricula and programming initiatives for the 50th Anniversary. One initiative includes a unified reading project. With support from the CityTech Library, the department has designed an OpenLab site, which gives AFR students and faculty easy access to W.E.B. DuBois' book The Souls of Black Folk and Audre Lorde's essay "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action." In all of our African American Studies courses, students will consider how the topics and themes explored by DuBois and Lorde still resonate with readers in the twenty-first century. We encourage the entire CityTech community to celebrate with us by accessing the readings through this link: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/afr50years/.