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African and African American Studies:
Tracking and Engaging Black Humanity

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African and African American Studies critically examines African and Diaspora experiences, institutions and perspectives, with particular focus on the ways in which gender/sex, class, racial capitalism and ideological theories have shaped the lives of Black peoples.

Our faculty includes the authors of an award-winning text Along the Streets of Bronzeville: Black Chicago’s Literary Landscape and a revelant publication (Everywhere) Ferguson and the Socio-Religious Challenge of Hip Hop Culture.

Our students have the opportunity to pursue courses, including small group collaborative faculty-student research with faculty whose teaching and scholarly interests from Civil Rights history to the culture of Hip Hop.

The Program sponsored a Freedom Summer conference on campus in Spring 2015, and welcomed civil and human rights activist and philosopher Bob Moses to campus.


AAAS draws on faculty and courses primarily from the departments of History, English, Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Politics, Religion and Sociology/Anthropology.

Our students participate in educational opportunities in Tanzania, Senegal, London, Ghana, México, Spain, France, Germany/Austria, South Africa, Haiti, New York City, Martinique, and Ecuador.

AAAS graduates pursue law school, medical school and graduate school at such institutions as the University of Rochester, Columbia, Tufts, Northwestern, Ohio State, Northeastern and Boston universities.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.