Our courses draw on literature, philosophy, history, and many other disciplines to examine African, African-American, and Caribbean/Latin American themes. We also study the social construction of racial differences and its relation to the perpetuation of racism and racial domination.

A Conversation With Derecka Purnell

Poster of a talk by Derecka Purnell
Sponsored by the departments of Black Studies, Environmental Studies and Political Science

October 3, 2023

Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, writer and author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom. She works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research and training in community-based organizations through an abolitionist framework.

Video of 鈥淏ecoming Abolitionists鈥
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2023 Senior Reception & Commencement

Enjoy some photos from the 2023 Black Studies鈥 Senior Reception & Commencement ceremonies, which took place in May 2023.

Congratulations Joan Flores-Villalobos '10

Photo of Joan Flores-Villabos and info about her award

Congratulations Joan Flores-Villalobos '10

Congratulations to Joan Flores-Villalobos '10, former Black Studies major, for winning the 2024 Organization of American Historians (OAH) David Montgomery Award. Joan is a Assistant Professor of African Diaspora History at the University of Southern California.

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The BREHA Collective

The Black Feminist Reproductive Justice, Equity & HIV/AIDS Activism (BREHA) Collective is a new interdisciplinary lab that foregrounds the experiences, labor, and political visions of Afro-Diasporic girls, women, and gender-diverse people in our shared and divergent struggles against reproductive injustice.

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