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

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    Dr. Evans will teach new Spike Lee class this fall!
  • Kiarra Hodge ‘13, a major in communications and and African-American Studies minor, and Greg McDowell ‘14 have signed with an independent recording label, Unlimited Production Music, and are currently working on a project together. Their collaboration was recently featured in the Lake County News-Sun.
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