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"Established in the Fall of 1997 as an undergraduate, academic unit within Arts & Sciences, '''Africana Studies,''' at the [[College of William and Mary]], provides an interdisciplinary framework for examining the experiences of people of African heritage. The curriculum engages students in the critical examination of black diasporic cultural traditions and race relations in Africa, the Caribbean Basin and especially North America; Black Studies regards black people and their cultures as essential, organic components of the societies in which they live. The major and minor in Black Studies draw on fields such as history, sociology, economics, anthropology, literature, music, drama, dance, film, and the visual arts."[http://web.wm.edu/blackstudies/]
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"'''Africana Studies''' was launched in 2009 as a new interdisciplinary program merging the major in Black Studies and the concentration in African Studies."[http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/about/index.php]
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==Black Studies==
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"Established in the Fall of 1997 as an undergraduate, academic unit within Arts & Sciences, '''Black Studies,''' at the [[College of William and Mary]], provides an interdisciplinary framework for examining the experiences of people of African heritage. The curriculum engages students in the critical examination of black diasporic cultural traditions and race relations in Africa, the Caribbean Basin and especially North America; Black Studies regards black people and their cultures as essential, organic components of the societies in which they live. The major and minor in Black Studies draw on fields such as history, sociology, economics, anthropology, literature, music, drama, dance, film, and the visual arts."[http://web.wm.edu/blackstudies/]
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The first program director of Black Studies according to William & Mary's 1997-1998 undergraduate [[catalog]], was [[Jacquelyn Y. McLendon]], a professor in the [[Department of English]] and Africana Studies.[http://hdl.handle.net/10288/13607]
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==Africana Studies==
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"Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the scholarship on the history and cultural traditions, and the political and economic circumstances which together define over 1.2 billion people of African descent.  Students take a common set of core courses, and may select one of three tracks in which to concentrate: 
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*African Studies
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*African-American  Studies
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*African-Diaspora Studies
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"The central mission of the Program is to prepare students for lifelong learning, graduate study in various fields, and careers in private and public organizations worldwide.  Africana Studies seeks to develop a habit of thinking that is inter-disciplinarily analytical and a habit of heart that is cross-culturally empathetic.  Embracing more than the centrality of race, it is designed to apply a comparative lens to the study of imperial, national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious currents and intersections in Africa, and its far-flung Diaspora in North America, the Caribbean Basin, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Western Europe."[http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/]
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Prof. Berhanu Abegaz was the first director of Africana Studies. Prior to that he was chair of the concentration in African Studies.
  
The first program director, according the 1997-98 Undergraduate catalog, was [[Jacquelyn McLendon]], currently a professor in the English department and Black Studies. Dr. McLendon specializes in African American literature, with an emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance and women's literature. She has published a book on the first African American poet, Phillis Wheatley, entitled ''Phillis Wheatley: A Revolutionary Poet''.
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
*Africana Studies Program website, [http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/index.php http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/index.php]
 
*Africana Studies Program website, [http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/index.php http://www.wm.edu/as/africanastudies/index.php]
*Black Studies Program, The College of William and Mary Undergraduate Catalog, 1997-1998, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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*Black Studies Program, The College of William and Mary [http://hdl.handle.net/10288/13607 Undergraduate Catalog, 1997-1998], Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
  
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==Material in the Special Collections Research Center==
 
==Material in the Special Collections Research Center==
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*[https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/browse?value=Jackson%2C+Jenay&type=author Stony the Road We Trod Project]: These oral history interviews by Jenay Jackson in 2005 documented information about the Black Studies Program and the experiences of [[African American Students]] at the College of William and Mary.
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*[http://guides.swem.wm.edu/wm Guide for conducting research related to the College of William & Mary]
 
*''[[The Flat Hat]]'' student newspaper; search the index available in the SCRC by person's name, student group name, event, or topical heading
 
*''[[The Flat Hat]]'' student newspaper; search the index available in the SCRC by person's name, student group name, event, or topical heading
*''Colonial Echo'' yearbook
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*''[[Colonial Echo]]'' yearbook
*[http://dspace.swem.wm.edu/dspace/items-by-author?author=Jackson,+Jenay Stony the Road We Trod Project]: These oral history interviews by Jenay Jackson in 2005 documented information about the Black Studies Program and the experiences of [[African American Students]] at the College of William and Mary.
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*William and Mary [[Catalogs]].
*[http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/ SCRC Collections Database]: search by names, organization, subject, event, etc.
 
*Search the [http://dspace.swem.wm.edu/dspace/ William and Mary digital repository] for additional material.
 
*To search for further material, see [http://swem.wm.edu/scrc/Tools.cfm Finding Materials in the SCRC] for an introduction to the SCRC Collections Database, card catalogs, Flat Hat-William & Mary News-Alumni Gazette index, etc.
 
 
 
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Questions? Contact the SCRC at spcoll@wm.edu or 221-3090, or visit the [http://swem.wm.edu/scrc/ Special Collections Research Center] in the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary ([http://www.swem.wm.edu/scrc hours]).
 
 
 
 
 
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Latest revision as of 17:52, 18 May 2013

"Africana Studies was launched in 2009 as a new interdisciplinary program merging the major in Black Studies and the concentration in African Studies."[1]

Black Studies

"Established in the Fall of 1997 as an undergraduate, academic unit within Arts & Sciences, Black Studies, at the College of William and Mary, provides an interdisciplinary framework for examining the experiences of people of African heritage. The curriculum engages students in the critical examination of black diasporic cultural traditions and race relations in Africa, the Caribbean Basin and especially North America; Black Studies regards black people and their cultures as essential, organic components of the societies in which they live. The major and minor in Black Studies draw on fields such as history, sociology, economics, anthropology, literature, music, drama, dance, film, and the visual arts."[2]

The first program director of Black Studies according to William & Mary's 1997-1998 undergraduate catalog, was Jacquelyn Y. McLendon, a professor in the Department of English and Africana Studies.[3]

Africana Studies

"Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the scholarship on the history and cultural traditions, and the political and economic circumstances which together define over 1.2 billion people of African descent. Students take a common set of core courses, and may select one of three tracks in which to concentrate:

  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • African-Diaspora Studies

"The central mission of the Program is to prepare students for lifelong learning, graduate study in various fields, and careers in private and public organizations worldwide. Africana Studies seeks to develop a habit of thinking that is inter-disciplinarily analytical and a habit of heart that is cross-culturally empathetic. Embracing more than the centrality of race, it is designed to apply a comparative lens to the study of imperial, national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious currents and intersections in Africa, and its far-flung Diaspora in North America, the Caribbean Basin, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Western Europe."[4]

Prof. Berhanu Abegaz was the first director of Africana Studies. Prior to that he was chair of the concentration in African Studies.


References


Material in the Special Collections Research Center


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A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki
The information available in this wiki is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of the College of William and Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information available here is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Information in this wiki is not complete as new information continues to be uncovered in the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center and elsewhere. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use the Special Collections search tools for their research as the information contained in this wiki is by no means comprehensive.