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The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies sponsors or co-sponsors several recurring events every year, including conferences, symposia, workshops, and speakers. Scholars - from a diversity of disciplines, from around the country, and from other areas of the diaspora - visit Indiana University to headline or attend these events. Whether a screenwriting workshop with actor/director Melvin Van Peebles or a lecture by Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem, secretary general of the Pan-African Movement, such events enrich and enliven the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students alike.

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Dear Prospective Graduate Student: 

Welcome!

We are delighted that you are interested in the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies  program at Indiana University.   

You are invited to apply!

BE MOVED: STUDY AND  ENGAGE THE MIND

  • An excellent faculty. 

 

  • A wonderfully enriching and stimulating intellectual environment.

 

  • A provocative and enlightening opportunity for conversations across disciplines.

 

  • An opportunity   to reflect on black historical, contemporary and cultural questions.

 

  • A supportive environment.

 

  • A chance to examine   linkages between principles and practice.

 

 

“The graduate program in the AAADS Department is a powerful, supportive space in which academic excellence, professionalism, creativity and community are of the utmost importance.”

                                                                        Monica Black, M. A. student

 

“You will benefit tremendously from the caring professors and well-structured courses.”

                                                                         Nana Abena Amoah, Ph.D. student

 

 

 

To explore more great reasons why you should flourish at IU, please tour our Web site fully, or contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, at calloway@indiana.edu

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News:

DIASPORA NEWSLETTER

Welcome to Diaspora, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies' electronic newsletter. We are all connected to AAADS in one way or another, yet we are spread far and wide throughout the university, the community, and even farther afield. We are the AAADS Diaspora.

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ACE recently performed a full concert at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Indiana.
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ACE recently collaborated with the Singing Hoosiers for their annual Chimes of Christmas concert. The concert was held in the IU Auditorium. They presented 2 shows for more than 3000 people. The combined groups performed one of Dr. Wise's original compositions entitled "He Brought Joy" under his direction. He also performed the opening solo to the finale "Joyful Joyful" from the Movie "Sister Act."A DVD of the concert will soon be available through CATS. Link to earlier event posting.


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Dr. Wise recently served as the guest clinician for a Gospel Workshop at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. He had the opportunity to work with both undergraduate and graduate students in the performance of African American gospel music. The gospel choir from Moreno Valley College also attended the workshop. Several members from the Redlands and Southern, CA community joined the workshop as well. He sang for the students, then lectured on Singing Authentically in the Gospel Style, Gospel Music History, Vocal Techniques, and gospel music repertoire. The choir rehearsed and performed several selections under his direction.



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The African American Choral Ensemble traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday Nov. 15th to perform a concert for the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Voices of Unity choir. ACE joined the students for a combined performance in the evening. Dr. Sykes introduced ACE at the evening conert. The workshop and concert were held at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana.




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Recently Dr. Wise served as the guest clinician for the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and Voice of Unity Youth Choir Soulful Choral music workshop. He lectured on singing in the soulful musical genres, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel and R&B. He taught a two day music workshop with 200 middle and high school students.




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Congratulations to AAADS PhD candidate Nana Amoah. Not only has she successfully defended her PhD proposal, she also was selected as a winner of the 2014 Royal Air Morocco-ASA Student Travel Award. Winners were presented the with their award certificates and travel vouchers during an event on Saturday November 22nd at the ASA Awards Ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana. Please click here for the event press release.

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These photos are from The Civil Rights Act at 50, an event held Monday November 10th at the NMBCC.

See link to earlier posting.


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Congratulations to Emerita Professor Audrey McCluskey on the publication of her newest book, Pioneering Black Educators in the Jim Crow South: A Forgotten Sisterhood.

For a book review and ordering information, please click here.

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Our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise recently served as an accompanist for Dr. Andre Thomas with the 1000 Voice South Dakota All State Chorus. The chorus comprised of 1000 singers from 151 high schools. To see the chorus perform, click here (they are featured 1 hour 11 minutes and 49 seconds into the video).



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Our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise recently conducted a clinic for the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America in Newport News, VA. The GMWA Chapter sponsored a City-Wide Music Workshop for the community. The workshop was hosted at the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Springfield Unity Festival

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Our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise recently served as the guest clinician for the Calvin College Gospel choir fall retreat.

Dr. Wise also did an interview with John Witvliet, the President of the Calvin Institute of Worship.
More information can be found here. Videos with Dr. Wise can be found here and here.

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Our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise recently served as the guest conductor for The Springfield Unity Festival.

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Our own AAADS Professor Raymond Wise recently served as the guest conductor for the 2014 Ithaca College Gospel Festival.

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For more information (like to view the concert or download the full program) please click here.

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Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

AAADS Professor Carolyn Calloway-Thomas gives freshman Donna Weatherly a pin. IU faculty and staff gave out more than 60 pins at the annual freshman pinning ceremony at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center earlier this month.

Click here for the full article from Inside IU Bloomington.

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AAADS Post Doc Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde named as first director of new Graduate Mentorship Center at IU

Additional information can be found here

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Events:

Save these Dates in 2014-2015!

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ACE concert in Columbus, Indiana


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Once again ACE and the Singing Hoosiers are joining forces. This time it is for the annual Chimes of Christmas concert in the IU Auditorium. The choirs will perform an original work composed by Dr. Wise entitled "He Brought Joy." In addition the choirs will perform the soulful arrangement of "Joyful Joyful" from the movie Sister Act!! featuring Dr. Wise as the soloist. The concert will take place in the IU auditorium on Saturday Dec. 6th at 1p.m. and 7p.m. Tickets available through the IU Auditorium Box Office.


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CRRES, History, and AAADS are co-hosting Dr. Quincy Mills (History and Africana Studies, Vassar College), on Friday, December 5. Dr. Mills is a specialist in African American history. His first book, Cutting Across the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America, was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. At IU, Dr. Mills will be speaking about his exciting new project, "The Wages of Resistance: Considering the Subsistence of Social Movements" (abstract below). You can also find out more about Dr. Mills here: http://quincymills.com

Date and Time: 2:30-4 pm at CRRES (SISR 100) on Friday December 5.
 
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The Wages of Resistance: Considering the Subsistence of Social Movements

The often used phrase, “freedom isn’t free”, was more than a rallying cry for personal sacrifice during the black freedom movement. Money mattered.  African Americans who faced economic reprisals because they attempted to register to vote, black activists who devoted their working lives to the cause of freedom, and organizations who attempted to manage several civil rights projects while supporting activists in the field and local blacks who were fired from their jobs, all acutely understood that resources were essential to movement building. While sociologists hammered out resource mobilization theories in the 1970s and 1980s, in this lecture I use a labor lens, outside of the formal economy, to think about subsistence as a function of movement politics.  I will use SNCC’s Food for Freedom program to demonstrate how it facilitated the distribution of resources to local communities and made plain the connection between the vote and pocketbook politics.  Moreover, the food and clothing distributions demonstrated that SNCC’s voter registrations drives, and its larger work, required a well-oiled fundraising machine to sustain its work. 

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African Studies Association Annual Meeting


AAADS is a co-sponsor of this event.
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The Civil Rights Act at 50

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AAADS is a co-sponsor for this event.

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Click here for more information on these film events.

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AAADS is a co-sponsor for this event.

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2013 Chicago Music Awards nominee Pavel and Direct Contact teams up with Sancocho: Music and Dance Collage for an incredible and super entertaining afternoon telling the story of the music of Cuba and its profound contribution in culture and jazz music. This multi-media presentation will also include Gerardo Gonzalez, a Cuban American and current Dean of Education at IU Bloomington, sharing his return to Cuba through photography and narration. The artistic director, our own AAADS Professor Iris Rosa, and musical director, Andre Rosa-Artis, lead a group of drummers and dancers to combine a delicious concoction that is sure to satisfy your musical appetite.


Click here for more information on this free event in Indianapolis.

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This IU Cinema event is co-sponsored by AAADS.

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Chicago Artists Against Gun Violence present

Stay-in-School Bash!

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One of the events organizers is our own AAADS graduate student Ciara Miller.

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