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  • AA&AS welcomes three new members of our community! 

    We have a new AA&AS academic advisor: Andrew Williams. Andrew wears many hats in CLA. He is currently director of diversity support programs, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Program (MLK) and President's Emerging Scholars (PES) programs. Andrew Williams is also serving as interim director of advising and student support. He will be a great addition to our unit as an academic advisor, given the depth and reach of his experience in the area of student services. In addition, Andrew will be teaching one of our courses this Fall. He comes to us with a solid academic training in the field of African Diaspora studies broadly and cultural anthropology specifically. Prior to the University of Minnesota, he taught courses in cultural anthropology and directed the Black Studies Program for several years at DePauw University in Indiana.

    We are also supporting the residency of Freda Fair, the 2015-16 Woodrow Wilson Mellon May Graduate Fellow. Freda comes to us from UCLA. A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender Studies, Freda's areas of specializations include black queer studies, Midwest studies, visual culture, affective labor, social movements, black resistant practices, and neoliberal governance and surveillance. This residency supports Freda's dissertation research and writing.

    Finally, this Fall 2015, Peter Rachleff will teach Professor Keith Mayes's Afro 3866: The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. For over three decades, he taught labor, immigration, and African American history courses at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is one of the leading historians of race and labor in the field of U.S. labor history. He is the author of Black Labor in Richmond and Hard Pressed in the Heartland. He also edited the book titled Starving Amidst Too Much & Other IWW Writings on the Food Industry, published by Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company. Currently he is the founding co-director of the East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) in St. Paul. The ESFL is a crossroads of labor, arts, immigration, and education that brings together people and multiple forms of knowledge.
    September 10th, 2015
  • Keith Mayes and Rose Brewer provide insight on the legacy of racial injustice in US history and current events

    Keith Mayes, AA&AS associate professor and department chair, talks about the importance of teaching about Ferguson on KSTP. Learn more.

    Rose Brewer, AA&AS professor, talks with a StarTribune reporter about how racial inequity was built into the GI Bill. Learn more.

    November 26th, 2014
  • Bill Ayers to give talk, "Teaching to Disrupt"

    Thumbnail image for Ayers.jpgAt the opening of Minneapolis Teachers Institute Symposium series, educator, author, and activist William Ayers will address MTI's 2014-2015 theme, Love Pedagogy: Disrupting the Violence Against Young Bodies on Saturday, November 22, 12pm - 1pm in room 412 Science Teaching and Student Services, 222 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis. To attend, RSVP. Learn more.

    November 10th, 2014

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Yuichiro Onishi, whose new book has been published! Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa was published under New York University Press.