The Program of African Studies of Northwestern University in established in Evanston, Illinois, as the primary forum for the promotion of the research and study of Africa at Northwestern University and for facilitating cross-departmental networking as well as exchanges between Northwestern students and faculty and their counterparts across Africa. The beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year signified an energizing period for the advancement of interdisciplinary scholarship and education on Africa at the Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies (PAS). Northwestern University will continue its longstanding commitment to African Studies by strengthening the major functional areas of studies on Africa, focusing on : undergraduate education, graduate student training, the Herskovits Library, faculty research, visiting scholars, and events organized and hosted by PAS.
PAS guides the study of Africa at Northwestern, engaging students and faculty in a wide variety of activities. The program hosts scholars and distinguished visitors form Africa and other parts of the world, and sponsors talks, discussions, readings, films and other events throughout the year. It also works with other centers of African scholarship in the Chicago area, such as the University of Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as maintains close ties with scholars and other centers of African study round the world.
For the upcoming academic year, the Program of African Studies has partnered with Northwestern’s Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies (BCICS), with the latter assuming administrative and functional duties for former PAS-sponsored research projects, including CDP, REACH, and ISITA, as well as for supporting and promoting the growth of faculty research, visiting scholars, events and programming. In addition, David Schoenbrun, Professor of History, has assumed the role of Director of Undergraduate Study ; with Karen Tranberg Hansen, Professor of Anthropology, as Director of Graduate Study - to guide students in their pursuit of African scholarship at Northwestern. These changes reflect PAS and Northwestern’s continued commitment to advance African scholarship at Northwestern University as it continues to be one of the world’s leading institutions for the study of Africa.
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