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African American Studies

Studying African American life locally is as important to Lake Forest College faculty and students as studying African American experiences nationally and internationally.Studying African American life locally is as important to Lake Forest College faculty and students as studying African American experiences nationally and internationally.

In addition to the traditional disciplines of literature, history, music, and politics, the African American Studies minor asks students to investigate African American experiences through the lenses of communications, economics, philosophy, and sociology/anthropology, to name a few. Students are encouraged to critically examine people, social movements, and cultural artifacts from the Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop, from Phillis Wheatley to Barack Obama, from Their Eyes Were Watching God to The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Department News

  • Actor Dracyn Blount portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percu...
    Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, Of Ebony Embers examined the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets - Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay
  • Author and playwright Lydia Diamond took the time to speak with students after her talk on November 8.
    In a highlight of Brain Awareness Week, playwright and author Lydia Diamond discussed how she brings neuroscience to other disciplines like theater.
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