The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint prepares students for the ever-demanding need to engage and function in a diverse society. It is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary field of study that provides a well-rounded education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. Students can major, minor or complete a certificate program in Africana Studies.
Welcome to Africana Studies
Acclaimed South African novelist and journalist Sindiwe Magona was in Flint, Michigan, from March 18th-20th. Her books have made her a voice for African women and for the people of South Africa. Her commentary on her own life and the realities of the country before, during, and after Apartheid reflect her country's experiences in true and meaningful ways. She writes about her life, motherhood, customs, experiences, and hopes for the future. Her published works include Mother to Mother, Beauty's Gift, Forced to Grow, and To My Children's Children. She was the most recent guest of the Visiting African / African Diaspora Artist Series.
CHIMAMANDA POSES WITH FACULTY AND STUDENTS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 - The Department of Africana Studies brought internationally-renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to campus to meet with members of campus and the community through talks and workshops. Read the full story!
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See the World Through the Eyes of Another Culture
Check out some of our course offerings!
- AFA/WGS 318 Women Writers of the African World (H) - Hear Chimamanda Adichie's TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story" and know your media version of Africa is very often a stereotype. Read her work and meet her in person this September as she visits our campus. This course will connect the dots of the African experience & the Diaspora while discussing patriarch, classism, racism and other issues of concern to women.
- AFA/WGS 216 Caribbean Women Writers (GS) - Learn about the Caribbean through the writings of women who bring you the non-tourist version. Read Edwidge Danticat's Brother I'm Dying, our first Common Read selection, and understand the human side of the immigration issue. Watch In the Time of the Butterflies and get a glimpse into Gen. Trujillo's Dominican Republic and 3 courageous sisters who gave their lives fighting his rule (February 1930 until his assassination in May 1961).
- AFA 206/ Survey of African Literature (H)- A multimedia approach to literature showing the African-African American Connections and focusing on contemporary issues. Stories of Boy Soldiers by Chris Abani (Nigeria) and Ishmael Beah (Sierra Leone) who now reside in the US. What does war look like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Listen to folktales and view films about reconciliation Sierra Leone style (Fambul Tok), peace Liberian style led by women (Pray the Devil Back to Hell), and how children are forced into war in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (The Invisible Children).