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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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Dr. Raymond Wise was commissioned to compose a new work for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Trenton Children's Choir and Princeton Seminary Choir. The work entitled "One Human Family" was written for Children's Choir, SATB Choir, Baritone Solo, Piano, Pipe Organ, Bass, and Drums. The work was premiered at Princeton University's Miller Chapel on Saturday March 28th, 2015.

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In March 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as an accompanist for the 2015 Choir Convergence Concert at Carnegie Hall. The mass choir comprised of hundreds of high school students from across the United States came to together to rehearse and perform a concert at Carnegie Hall. The choir under the director of Dr. Andre Thomas performed Dr. Wise's arrangement of Daa Na Se.

Click here to view the event program.


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In February 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as the Guest Clinician and Conductor at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church Music Workshop in Harlem, NY. He lectured on African American Sacred Music History and Humnody. The community workshop choir rehearsed and performed for a worship service and in full concert. Click here to view the event flier.


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In February 2015, AACE made history and presented the first ever Black History Month Assembly at the Bloomington University School. AACE joined the University school choirs to perform a concert for Black History Month. The presentation started with a Freedom March through the school hallways to the auditorium where AACE and the elementary school choirs performed for the entire school body. After the formal presentation AACE spent time with small student groups performing and answering questions regarding Black music and performance.


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In February 2015, AACE performed a concert at the School of Education for Black History Month. The choir performed music spanning from African to contemporary gospel. They were joined by AACE Alum Alexis Joii who performed "Amazing Grace."


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Recently Dr. Raymond Wise was inducted into the Denver Gospel Music Academy Hall of Fame. In addition, in February 2015 he was asked to served as a guest conductor and prepared a Gospel Music Academy's Children's Choir to perform at the Gospel Academy and Hall of Fame 44th Awards Ceremony. Click here to view the event announcement.

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In February 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as a guest clinician for the Denver Colorado Spirituals Project. This group--which focuses on the performance of African American Spirituals--worked with him to serve as the demonstration choir for the upcoming REAP conference, at which he will present a session on spirituals.


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In February 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as the guest clinician for the Fort Worth, Texas Independent School District 2015 Gospel Festival. He visited five High Schools and a Middle School where he worked with choirs and soloists to help them prepare for both the Gospel festival and their upcoming statewide choir and solo competitions. He lectured on gospel music history, vocal technique and prepared and conducted the 300 plus voice festival mass choir. Click here to view the event program.



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In January 2015, AACE performed for the Bloomington City MLK celebration at the Buskirk Chumley Theater.
Click here to view the event flier.

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In January 2015, AACE members gathered for an All Day Music Retreat. During the retreat AACE members learned about the history of the African American Arts Institute, developed their musical skills, learned repertoire for the upcoming semester and grew as a musical family.


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In January 2015 Dr. Raymond Wise served as a guest clinician at the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio. He prepared and directed the High School Ensemble for the annual Martin Luther King Celebration. Click here to view the event program.


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Events:

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Poynter Roundtables “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Cultural Trauma and Healing”
Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde
Tuesday, April 7th, 4:00-5:30 pm
The Poynter Center, 618 E. Third Street

AAADS lecturer Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde will discuss her dissertation, "The Ariran's Last Life," which explores how unresolved ancestral emotions related to the Middle Passage -- the stage when enslaved Africans were shipped to the then New World -- are manifest in the lives of descendants and the ways these emotions and subsequent wounding can be healed. This dissertation earned Abegunde the first doctorate to be awarded by the IUB Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS). Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition and a Reiki Master with a focus on the recovery and healing of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. She is also a poet, writer, teacher, and birth doula. Her ongoing research in the United States and Brazil is on embodied memory of the Middle Passage, the ways in which unresolved ancestral emotions shape the lives of descendants, and the links between ancestral wounding, contemporary violence, and illness and disease.

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