Cosby was the first high-profile celebrity to stand trial in the #MeToo era, and his sentencing has renewed debate about the power and limitations of the movement. What’s the significance of Cosby’s case, and is it a turning point? Popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown and Mark Anthony Neal join host Frank Stasio to tackle those questions in the latest installment of #BackChannel, the State of Things’ recurring series connecting culture and context. Read More read more about #BackChannel: Cosby Sentence, Serena Williams & Colin Kaepernick, ‘Say It Loud’ Anniversary »

Also to be honored during the ceremony is Karin Shapiro, associate professor of the practice in the Department of African and African American Studies, who will receive this year’s Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. Shapiro teaches a range of courses on the histories of the American South and South Africa, with a focus on race and social justice. She was nominated by students, who praised her ability to evoke challenging discussions in her lectures and who connected modern events to the concepts and… read more about Karin Shapiro Receives Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award »

Emmanuel Macron raised these points in a recent interview. The French president was recommending a new book, “The Rush to Europe”, published in French by Stephen Smith of Duke University, which models past international migrations like that of Mexicans into America to show that the number of Afro-Europeans (Europeans with African roots) could rise from 9m at present to between 150m and 200m by 2050, perhaps a quarter of Europe’s total population. Read More read more about Why Europe Should Focus on its Growing Interdependence With Africa »

Anne-Maria Makhulu did not always plan to become an associate professor of anthropology and African American studies. Originally from the U.K., she began training as a ballerina when she was just four years old, like many girls do.  “Perhaps what was a little unusual was that I continued,” Makhulu said. “People started dropping out at a certain point, and I just carried on.” Read More read more about Anthropology Professor Discusses Ballet Background »

Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso, was shot dead in the presidential buildings in Ouagadougou on 15 October 1987. I was the West Africa correspondent at the time for Radio France International and Libération, based in neighbouring Ivory Coast. The day before the assassination I got a call from Sankara. This was a first. We knew each other well but, until then, his aide had always called me before putting the president on the line. This time, his lively voice took me by surprise.  Read More read more about Diary (London Review of Books) »

Additional programming for Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50 includes Live Wire: re-Volution Live - 50 years since Say it Loud on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at The Apollo. The free event will feature a night of music and conversation with Christian McBride and Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University Professor of African and African American Studies, and guests to be announced. Read More read more about Apollo Theater To Present Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50 »

More than 50 years ago, riots tore through many U.S. cities, prompting national scrutiny of the root causes. Yet a half-century later, says new research, a key contributor to the social upheaval of the 1960s remains under-explored: racial wealth inequality. Meanwhile, the racial wealth gap that helped fuel the urban violence of the 1960s has only grown, says new research from Duke University, UCLA and the New School.Read more read more about Racial Wealth Inequality Overlooked as Cause of Urban Unrest, Study Says »

Reparations for African Americans are crucial to fight white supremacy and compensate for slavery's consequences, scholars said at a town hall forum Monday, but they aren't enough. Racial inequality and discrimination are so engrained in diverse aspects of the American society that no single measure would solve all the problems, said Wahneema Lubiano—associate professor of African and African American studies—at the panel. Reparations are usually discussed in the form of monetary payments to individuals or land-based… read more about Should there be reparations for African Americans? Scholars tackle the topic at Monday panel (Duke Chronicle) »

In the audience and on stage at Duke Monday night sat African-American students, scholars and everyday residents whose ancestors never received their 40 acres and a mule. It was the 19th-century federally ordered reparation for slavery; A way for newly-freed blacks to have an initial stake in the wealth of the nation. A debt many of these experts say is still owed. But to whom?Read More read more about Duke debates reparations for slavery as Confederate controversies continue (WTVD) »

J. Lorand Matory ’82, also began teaching at Harvard in 1991 as a jointly-appointed Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies. “[Harvard] became the new capital of African and African American studies and set the standard for the sort of scholarship that would define the field from the ’90s onward,” Matory said. “One could hear journalists talking about the Dream Team at Harvard.” This “dream team,” which included Matory, Harper, Cornel West, and other newly recruited faculty members, led to an … read more about Rebuilding African and African American Studies »

Professor William Darity is working to debunk pernicious myths about income inequality that remain pervasive in our society.  Click to find the full article. read more about Duke Researcher Dispels Old Myths About Racial Wealth Gap »

Speakers during the “American Universities, Monuments, and the Legacies of Slavery” symposium discussed the national debate about Confederate monuments. Organized by Thavolia Glymph (History professor at Duke), the March 30-31 event included conversation about the Robert E. Lee statue that was removed from Duke Chapel. To read the full Duke Today article, visit: read more about Duke history professor Thavolia Glymph organizes "American Universities, Monuments, and the Legacies of Slavery" symposium »

Richard Powell named one of four Duke professors elected as American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows for 2018.  Read the full story at read more about AAAS Faculty Member Joins List of American Academy Arts and Sciences Fellows »

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding the expansion of Duke’s Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) program. SITPA is an intensive research mentoring and professional socialization program for early career faculty who are from underrepresented groups or who otherwise deepen diversity at their institutions. One of SITPA’s objectives is to address a nationwide problem in higher education—the underrepresentation of various racial and ethnic minority groups on the faculties of U.S. colleges and… read more about Mellon Foundation to Fund Expansion of Duke Model For Mentoring Underrepresented Early Career Faculty »

AAAS Secondary Joseph Winters offered a critique of the discourse of “Afro-Pessimism” at Black Perspectives, the Public Scholarship platform of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAHIS). The organization was co-founded in 2015 by 2017 American Book Award Winner Ibram Kendi. Read the critique here: read more about Asst. Prof Winters Offers Critique at Black Perspectives »

Johns Hopkins Historian Jessica Marie Johnson and AAAS’s Mark Anthony Neal edited a special issue of The Black Scholar (v. 47, no. 3, Fall 2017) on “Black Code Studies”. The edited issue engages scholars  working on the margins of Black Studies, Afrofuturism, radical media, and the digital humanities. See more here: read more about Prof. Neal Edits Special Issue of The Black Scholar »

AAAS Historian Thavolia Glymph presents the 20th Annual Robert Smalls Lecture at the University of South Carolina on September 7, 2017. Read more here:… read more about Historian Glymph Presents at South Carolina Lecture »

AAAS Economist William “Sandy” Darity, Jr. and collaborator Darrick Hamilton were cited among the Politico 50 -- 50 Ideas blowing up American politics (and the people behind them) -- for their research and advocacy for a Federal Jobs Guarantee. Read more here:… read more about Economist Darity Among Politico 50 »

Kerry L. Haynie is an associate professor of political science and African & African American Studies, and he directs Duke’s Cen​ter for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. His research and teaching interests are in race and ethnic politics, intersections of race and gender, legislative processes, state-level politics, Southern politics, and comparative urban politics. His publications include New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Voting (co-edited with Jane Junn… read more about Kerry L. Haynie, 2015 Dean's Award Winner for Excellence in Mentoring »

Professor Jasmine Cobb of the Department of African & African American Studies and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies used 19th Century portraits to trace the emergence of Black freedom in her book. read more about Exploring Freedom Through African-American Images »

Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he has taught since 1989, has been named CAA’s 2016 Distinguished Scholar. A specialist in American art, African American art, and theories of race and representation, Powell will be honored in February during a special session at CAA’s upcoming Annual Conference in Washington, DC.… read more about Richard J. Powell is 2016 Distinguished Scholar »

The Visiting Scholars program, now in its thirtieth year, provides a unique opportunity for scholars to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation, and is an important part of the Foundation's effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social, political, and economic life in the United States. During their time in residence, they will pursue research and writing projects that reflect the Foundation's commitment to strengthening the social sciences and conducting research… read more about The Russell Sage Foundation Announces William Darity, Jr.. as Visiting Scholar for 2015-16 Academic Year »

Editor’s note: In his last column for Making Sen$e, economist John Komlos laid out his argument for how income inequality begins at birth. In his latest piece, he broadens his explanation to include even more factors that determine a child’s future, like his mother’s zip code. Komlos is the author of “What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn’t Get in the Usual Principles Text.” The Nobel Prize winning economist, James Heckman reasoned in a recent book, “Giving Kids a Fair Chance,” that, “the accident of birth… read more about In America, inequality begins in the womb »

Editor’s note: In this essay, Economist John Komlos argues that we must look more deeply at the recent events in cities like Baltimore, New York and Ferguson, Missouri, and consider the socioeconomic plight of young black men in America, especially in neighborhoods where educational attainment is low and poverty is high. Komlos is the author of “What Every Economics Student Needs to Know and Doesn’t Get in the Usual Principles Text.” Even conservative Republican Alan Greenspan, an ardent advocate of free markets, is… read more about Income inequality begins at birth and these are the stats that prove it »

Irving Berlin was dreaming of an old-fashioned Christmas. I’m dreaming of an old-fashioned economy in which everyone has a job. I know, it was ages ago, but what are dreams for anyway? Isn’t it strange that full employment has to be a dream, even a quarter millennium after the beginning of our stupendous surge in wealth with the Industrial Revolution? But what is full employment? Well, it’s simple enough, isn’t it? An economy in which there are enough jobs to go around for everyone. But here is where the complications… read more about America can be a full-employment economy once again »

Professor Karla FC Holloway will receive the MELUS Award for Distinguished Contribution in Ethnic Studies. She is the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She is a cross-disciplinary scholar also holding appointments in the School of Law, the Program in Women’s Studies, and the Department of African & African American Studies. She is an affiliated faculty with the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and with the Trent Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. Dr. Holloway is a member of the… read more about Professor Karla FC Holloway Receives 2015 MELUS Award »

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded AAAS, in collaboration with the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, a grant to conduct a three-week summer institute for secondary school teachers to be held in July 2013 on "African American Literature and Social History." Professor J. Lorand Matory's Center for African and African American Research has received a NEH grant to support the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program for a project called "Crafting Freedom."  Matory states that the… read more about NEH Grants Awarded to AAAS (in Collaboration with the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality) and Matory's Center for African & African American Research »