Department of Africana Studies

Gabriella Ogude in a black scarf and tan jacket in front of the Washington Monument
Enhanced security and pandemic precautions limited the number of people at the Inauguration Day proceedings, but Gabriella Ogude was able to see history in the making.
An American flag in the lawn in front of the Cathedral of Learning
As the Biden-Harris presidential transition begins, Pitt experts share their thoughts on racial justice, immigration and other significant issues that face the incoming administration.
Ervin Dyer outdoors in a light blue dress shirt and tie
A pilot program that connects students in an Introduction to Africana Studies course to residents in the Hill District is helping create a bridge from the University to the community.
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The syllabus, lectures and reading lists from “Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology, and Resistance” are now available to anyone interested in taking the virtual Pitt course.
A woman in a black T-shirt leans against a green gate
When senior Blya Krouba moved from Ivory Coast to a Philadelphia suburb as a girl, she became acutely aware of her dark skin in a way she hadn’t before. Read about her recent project exploring colorism and hear two Pitt experts’ takes on the phenomenon.
A Zoom call with three visible participants
From conducting self-led research on environmental justice to interviewing prominent Black Lives Matter activists Bree Newsome Bass and Darnell L. Moore for Pitt’s new anti-racism course, senior Oluchi Okafor is making their mark on vital contemporary issues.
A person in a blue shirt holds up their hands with the words "Stop Racism" written on them.
As fall term begins, first-year Pitt students will be required to take a new course on anti-Black racism. The class, open to all students, is centered around the roots, ideology and resistance to anti-Black racism.
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This year marks a celebration of the 100th annual Lantern Night, and like many events, it looks a little different this year. But this isn’t the first time the tradition has evolved.
Robin Brooks in a pink suit jacket
Robin Brooks, assistant professor of Africana Studies, is co-editing a journal issue that looks at protests, violence and COVID-19 through the lens of Black female literary giants. Members of the Pitt community and beyond are encouraged to submit work for the issue by July 31.
A Zoom meeting with six visible participants
Yesterday’s latest town hall, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the Office of Health Sciences Diversity, featured an expert panel discussion of systemic racism, capitalism and the history of inequity and social justice in the U.S. Read a recap or watch the video.