"We are embarking on an agenda to highlight and sustain the centrality of the arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and its broader intellectual community. Look for programs with the Artist-in-Residence and our Black Arts Dialogues, and courses with our International Scholar-In-Residence and Postdoctoral Fellow emphasizing music, creative writing and visual arts. This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity for our department."

−Kellie Jones, Chair-African American & African Diaspora Studies

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Mabel Wilson on Architecture and Race

Professor Wilson speaks about how she views architecture through the prism of race and race relations in the United States.

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African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

This video explores the history of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia and the significance of becoming a department.

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Frank Guridy on New York City and Black Culture

Professor Frank Guridy explains the significance of Columbia being on the border of Harlem and the location's influence on his work on black history.

Selected Publications

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Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mabel Wilson
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The Devil Behind the Mirror: Globalization and Politics in the Dominican Republic

Steven Gregory
this book jacket features a bright yellow and pink background with the words "Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion" written in a white band

Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion

Kevin Fellezs
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Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II

Farah Jasmine Griffin