Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde with Dr. Valerie Grim served as guest editors of the AAADS’ journal, Black Diaspora Review, which is edited by Professors Vernon Williams and Fred McElroy. Abegunde and Grim published a special issue entitled: Spirit, Mind, and Body: Research and Engagement in an African American and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Course. Black Diaspora Review 2(2) Summer 2011. Abegunde also published “Sankofa in Action: Creating a Plan That Works - Healing the Causes of Violence to Stop the Violence” (Black Diaspora Review, Spring 2011) and was the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Hutton Honors College.
Floyd Hobson had his photography published in two urban lifestyle magazines, The September issue of SDM Magazine and The October issue of Heed Magazine.
Carmen Williams participated on a panel at Arkansas State University, which discussed controversies about the book and movie, The Help. She also presented a paper at Penn State's "Celebrating African American Literature" Conference. Her panel was titled "Representing Diasporan Sexualities" and her paper was titled "Everybody... Misapprehends Me": Identity, Blackness and Oral Sexuality in Junot Diaz's Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." Williams also successfully completed the AAADS Study Abroad requirement in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in March.
Nandi Comer, a MA/MFA student in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Creative Writing, received the Creative in Kathmandu award. The award will allow her to participate in the English Department’s Creative Writing Program in Kathmandu, Nepal in December.
Jessica Jarosinski, a senior in AAADS and Communication and Culture, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in the fall.