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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

  • The authors work on display
    Toni Morrison’s works were read and a screening of “The Pieces I Am.” This event was huge success. Attendees enjoyed a movie, food, and wonderful cake.
  • Courtney Joseph

    Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies Courtney Joseph took part in an August interview with Radio Telé Solidarité based in New York to discuss the growing prominence of Haitian-Americans within US society.

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