[Blackstudies-l] African American Studies at Boston University

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Mon Oct 29 09:03:17 EDT 2012

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> From: African American Studies Program <afam at bu.edu>
> Date: October 26, 2012 4:11:42 PM EDT
> To: <crosby at geneseo.edu>
> Subject: Find Out More About Our Program
> Reply-To: African American Studies Program <afam at bu.edu>
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> African American Studies Program
> Dear Colleague,
> Thank you so much for taking the time to read and distribute this  
> information. As you know, this is the time when many undergraduate  
> juniors and seniors begin thinking about their post-graduation  
> plans. We think that the students in your program might be  
> particularly interested to learn about Boston University’s one-year  
> Master of Arts Program in African American Studies from a Global and  
> Comparative Perspective.
> Founded in 1969, the African American Studies Program at Boston  
> University was the first graduate program of its kind in the  
> country. Today, students who enroll in the MA program are required  
> to take eight total courses —African American History, The History  
> of Racial Thought, and six electives—to complete the degree. The  
> electives can be taken in a variety of disciplines, from a diverse  
> group of faculty representing departments across the University,  
> including History, English, Art History, American Studies, Political  
> Science, Latin American Studies, Economics, and Sociology. In  
> addition, the program has worked to create strong connections with  
> other Schools at the University, including the College of  
> Communication, School of Education, and the School of Theology.
> Boston University, as a major research institution, offers students  
> in the Program a wide range of academic resources. The Howard  
> Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University holds the  
> papers of many notable African American figures, including Martin  
> Luther King, Jr., Senator Edward Brooke, and writers Sonia Sanchez  
> and Nikki Giovanni. The African American Studies Program  
> collaborates closely with the Gotlieb Archive, and students in the  
> Program are able to access the Center’s wide range of primary  
> documents to improve their research skills. The Boston area boasts a  
> high concentration of stellar colleges and universities, thus  
> allowing access to their academic resources as well.
> In addition to its academic programs, the African American Studies  
> Program at Boston University is also very active in the surrounding  
> community. We run a regular lecture series through the academic year  
> that has recently hosted such distinguished speakers at Henry Louis  
> Gates, Jr., Orlando Patterson, and Isabel Wilkerson. In addition,  
> the Program regularly holds symposia and conferences that  
> investigate the many dimensions of the African American experience.  
> Last Spring, the program hosted a two-day symposium entitled,  
> “Africans, African Americans, and the Abrahamic Religions” which  
> featured notable speakers Lamin Sanneh, Bettye Collier-Thomas, Tudor  
> Parfitt and Albert Raboteau, along with many well-known scholars.  
> Graduate students in the program not only have the opportunity to  
> attend these programs, but have previously also been instrumental in  
> the planning and implementation of such events.
> Our Masters Program in African American Studies thus offers its  
> students numerous advantages: it is designed to be completed in one  
> year; is small enough to offer an environment in which students can  
> forge close relationships with faculty; and is part of a great  
> research university located in an exciting and diverse city. We hope  
> that your students will be interested in learning more about our  
> Program and what it might offer them after graduation. Funding is  
> available to well-qualified applicants. The application deadline is  
> January 15, 2013. To obtain more information about the application  
> process, please go to Boston University Graduate School of Arts &  
> Sciences website athttp://www.bu.edu/cas/admissions/graduate/apply/.  
> Interested students should also contact our Graduate Director,  
> Professor John Thornton, at jkthorn at bu.edu or the African American  
> Studies Program Administrator, Deirdre James, at dejames at bu.edu or  
> (617) 358-1421.
> Sincerely,
> Professor Allison Blakely
> Director, African American Studies Program
> Boston University
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Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu

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