Artist Shawn Theodore Shares Insight, Advice

Artist Shawn Theodore Shares Insight, Advice

April 24, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, the Department of African American Studies hosted Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist Shawn Theodore. Theodore’s visit and talk were part of the department’s spring lecture series, titled “The Black Artist in Perspective.” In between meeting with students and giving a talk at the Depot, Theodore sat down with African American Studies instructor Chioke I’Anson, PhD to discuss his career, his thoughts on what it means to be a black artist, and his advice to students and prospective artists.

Event: The Black Artist in Perspective: Shawn Theodore

Event: The Black Artist in Perspective: Shawn Theodore

April 4, 2017

As part of its Spring Lecture Series, African American Studies presents a talk by Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Theodore on April 12.

Panel Will Explore Legacy of the Black Panther Party

Panel Will Explore Legacy of the Black Panther Party

March 30, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11, the Department of African American Studies will sponsor a panel discussion with three former members of the Black Panther Party to explore the lessons and legacy of the group's mission.

Black History in the Making 2017

Black History in the Making 2017

March 10, 2017

The Department of African American Studies hosted its annual Black History in the Making ceremony on February 15, 2017.

The Black History in the Making award is given each February to exemplary students who have made an impression in their departments.

Two Events Offer Opportunities for Students to Learn More about Majoring or Minoring in AFAM

Two Events Offer Opportunities for Students to Learn More about Majoring or Minoring in AFAM

February 8, 2017

Interested in learning more about the Department of African American Studies? Join us next week at the Diversity Scholars in Research Week Networking Fair and the VCU Spring Open House in African American Studies

Spring Lecture Series 2017: Aniekan Udofia

Spring Lecture Series 2017: Aniekan Udofia

February 2, 2017

AFAM kicks off its Spring Lecture Series with a February 8 talk titled The Black Artist in Perspective: Aniekan Udofia.

Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

January 23, 2017

This February, celebrate Black History Month with events and programming from the Department of African American Studies and other VCU departments.

Chioke I'Anson is Named Voice of NPR

Chioke I'Anson is Named Voice of NPR

January 17, 2017

AFAM instructor Chioke I'Anson recently became one of the newest voices of NPR, lending his voice to sponsor credits.

Work by AFAM Professor and Students Leads to New Tobacco Prevention Program

Work by AFAM Professor and Students Leads to New Tobacco Prevention Program

January 10, 2017

Tobacco prevention research conducted by Aashir Nasim, PhD has resulted in a new teaching module aimed at young people.

AFAM Welcomes New Interim Chair

AFAM Welcomes New Interim Chair

September 9, 2016

Dr. Shawn O. Utsey has been named the new interim Chair of African American Studies

AFAM Welcomes New Students

AFAM Welcomes New Students

August 22, 2016

The Department of African American Studies welcomes both new and returning students for the Fall 2016 semester. Are you thinking of majoring or minoring in African American Studies? Click here to find out more.

AFAM Offers Counseling, Safe Space in Light of Recent Events

AFAM Offers Counseling, Safe Space in Light of Recent Events

July 13, 2016

In light of recent events that have occurred nationally, specifically the murders of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the five Dallas Police Officers, the Department of African American Studies at VCU is providing opportunities for members of the VCU and greater Richmond community to process their thoughts and feelings in a safe space and supportive environment.

 

Two Sections of AFAM 211 Offered Over Summer

Two Sections of AFAM 211 Offered Over Summer

May 12, 2016

Looking for a summer class? AFAM is offering two sections of AFAM 211: Africana Social and Political Thought.

Taquara Rashida Felix Crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands

Taquara Rashida Felix Crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands

April 26, 2016

VCU alum and former AFAM student Taquara Rashida Felix was recently crowned Miss U.S. Virgin Islands.

AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at Undergraduate Poster Symposium

AFAM Research Assistant Presents Research at Undergraduate Poster Symposium

April 25, 2016

Jennifer Brooks, research assistant to Dr. Mignonne Guy, presents her research at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity.

AFAM Presents Global Garveyism Symposium

AFAM Presents Global Garveyism Symposium

April 20, 2016

The Department of African American Studies is proud to invite the VCU community to attend the Global Garveyism Symposium from April 21-23.

Two for One

Two for One

August 20, 2015

Double Major in African American Studies without paying more, without staying longer

The Freshman 15

The Freshman 15

August 20, 2014

Making good decisions about the foods you consume…and the 18 credit hours in open course electives you complete.

Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Here…

Started From the Bottom, Now We’re Here…

August 20, 2014

Record student enrollment for African American Studies in 2014-2015

We Transform Lives, Yours Too

We Transform Lives, Yours Too

August 20, 2014

Our professors are committed to providing high quality academic experiences for students.

Henry ‘Box’ Brown: At the Intersection of Two Peculiar Institutions

Henry ‘Box’ Brown: At the Intersection of Two Peculiar Institutions

February 23, 2014

Many have heard the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a Richmond slave from the early 1800s. Brown is known for his ingenious yet risky method of escape from slavery. In March of 1849 two men nailed Henry into a box that was only three feet long, two feet high and two feet wide with three tiny holes for air. 


Double Up Campaign - McKayla & Mckenzie Stokes

Double Up Campaign - McKayla & Mckenzie Stokes

February 24, 2014

Good things come in pairs.  Shampoo and Conditioner.  Double bacon cheeseburgers. Chopsticks. Double Majors in African American Studies.

Precious Lewis- Student Spotlight

Precious Lewis- Student Spotlight

February 24, 2014

Precious Lewis, a VCU senior, was awarded a research fellowship at Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program.  With three majors--African American Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and History--this ambitious VCU student sought an applied summer research experience that complemented the conceptual and theoretical perspectives discussed in her African American Studies courses during the academic year.

African American Studies Enhances, Restructures its Undergraduate Curriculum

African American Studies Enhances, Restructures its Undergraduate Curriculum

February 25, 2014

During a January 2014 meeting, VCU’s University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) approved new degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in African American Studies. Not since the program’s inception in 1971, and its approval as a degree-granting program in 2003, has the undergraduate curriculum been enhanced significantly to reflect major advances in the field.

AAAC Reunion: Inaugural Distinguished Scholars Reception and Lecture Series

AAAC Reunion: Inaugural Distinguished Scholars Reception and Lecture Series

February 23, 2014

When: Friday, April 11 - 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture
Where: Academic Learning Commons, first floor, 1000 Floyd Ave.
Cost: No charge

Congratulations Graduates!!! We Are The First 50!

Congratulations Graduates!!! We Are The First 50!

February 10, 2014

In April 2003, the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) approved VCU’s Department of African American Studies as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program. It was the first stand-alone major in African American Studies in the Commonwealth.

$20 Million in Research Funding Boosts African American Studies

$20 Million in Research Funding Boosts African American Studies

February 21, 2014

African American Studies faculty, Drs. Aashir Nasim and Mignonne Guy, are investigators on federal and foundation research grants totaling over $20 million.

Academic Success Office: Helping AFAM students create pathways to excellence

Academic Success Office: Helping AFAM students create pathways to excellence

October 21, 2014

Since fall 2014, the newly established Academic Success Office (ASO) in the Department of African American Studies has assisted dozens of AFAM students with their course planning, study abroad programs; and careers and graduate school.

New Spring 2015 course in African American Studies Ferguson, USA: Race and criminal justice in historical perspective

New Spring 2015 course in African American Studies Ferguson, USA: Race and criminal justice in historical perspective

December 3, 2013

On August 9, 2014, an eighteen-year-old black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson during an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri, a majority-black suburb of St. Louis.