African American Studies

Fredrick Harris

With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, race has become a defining issue in this election year, and mobilizing the African American vote will be the key to winning the presidency, says Fred Harris, a prof

National Museum of African American History & Culture

National Museum of African American History & Culture - Photo by Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

To write the book about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, Mabel O.

Karl Jacoby Borderland History Columbia Professor
The unusual life story is told in a new book titled "The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire" by Karl Jacoby, a professor in the history department and the Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race. Ellis “learned how to be what people wanted him to be, and how to be sure that people would see what they want to see."
Aondra Nelson Social Life of DNA Columbia University

Photo by Michael Dames

As a sociologist who studies issues of race, ethnicity and gender, as well as health and science, Alondra Nelson has for years been fascinated by the boom in genetic testing.

Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the archive of pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer Arthur Mitchell.

Last year, President Lee C. Bollinger asked Pulitzer Prize-winning History Professor Eric Foner to lead a research project on the role of slavery in Columbia’s early history.

Deborah Cullen’s gives a welcoming speech at the opening of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey at Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

James Baldwin, the eminent novelist, essayist and social critic would have turned 90 this year.

The 1940s have always held a special allure for Farah Griffin, who grew up hearing “stories about the era that just made it very interesting to me, very glamorous and mysterious.”

Learn more about Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist, on exhibit at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery through December 8, 2012 Visitor Information Hours Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist.

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