Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies Celebrates 51 Years

The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies will wrap up its 50+1 anniversary celebration with a symposium April 21 at the Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities, according to the AAADS website. The 50th anniversary celebration has been moved to 2022 to avoid complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the AAADS website.

The 50+1 anniversary is a celebration throughout this spring semester honoring 51 years of the AAADS department at IU. The celebration includes events such as panel discussions on African and African-American history, contemporary issues in African-American culture and more.

The symposium will also showcase the history, culture, and achievements of AAADS students, according to the symposium website. AAADS Professor Valerie Grim will lead the symposium along with Michael Tillotson, Associate Professor of African Studies at State University of New York Cortland.

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The AAADS department was founded in 1970 as the Department of African American Studies, making it one of the oldest departments of its kind in the United States, according to a report by IU Today.

Past anniversary events include a panel discussion on reparations, a presentation of feminist and African diaspora issues through film, and a discussion of Jayna Brown’s book “Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds,” according to the AAADS website.

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