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Department of Africana Studies Hosts Series of Intellectual and Cultural Activities

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 7, 2005) -- The University at Albany's Department of Africana Studies has planned several intellectual and cultural activities for the fall 2005 semester. The events are free and open to the public.

  • Open House in Africana Studies
    (Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited)
    Tuesday September 27, noon-2 p.m.
    Business Administration Building, Room 118

  • Lecture by Spike Lee
    Co-Sponsor: Africana Studies and New York State Writers Institute
    Tuesday October 11, 8 p.m.
    Page Hall

  • "A Celebration of Black Music" concert
    by the Albany Housing Authority Community Choir
    Tuesday October 18, 7 p.m.
    Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center

  • Lecture: "The Use of Religion in Several Black Films"
    by The Reverend Robert E. Slade (Howard University)
    Friday October 21, 4:15 p.m.
    Humanities Building, Room 039

  • A Colloquy on the Summer 2005 African Trip
    (Led by Kwadwo Sarfoh, University of Cincinnati, and graduate students) Wednesday November 30, 1:30 p.m.
    Humanities Building, Room 039

  • Holiday Celebration for Friends of Africana Studies
    Tuesday December 6, Noon-2 p.m.
    Business Administration Building, Room 118

The University at Albany's Africana Studies programs ranks in the nation's top-10 according to Black Issues in Higher Education magazine, with the graduate program ranking second behind Columbia University, and the undergraduate program ranking 10th.

The department is focused on the study of the experiences of the people of Africa and the African diaspora. Through the study of such disciplines as history, politics, economics, culture, literature, sociology, and psychology, the department aims to engender an appreciation of diversity and emphasize the ways in which Africans and people of African descent in the Americas have constructed and interpreted their own lives and cultures.


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