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January

AADS Steering Committee Statement's on Police Stereotyping and Fatal Brutality Against Unarmed Black People in the U.S. Please click here for the full statement.

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AADS Graduate Certificate Alumna Angela Roe's film "Shadow of Color" (Sombra di Koló) is a top ten movie at the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York.

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In November 2014, Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, the Director of AADS, was invited to serve as external member of an Academic Committee (Tribunal Académico) at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar (UASB) in Quito, Ecuador, that had for mission to select the first professor to occupy the only position--in any Ecuadorian university--entirely dedicated to African American Studies and Latin American Culture.

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March

AADS Core Faculty, Dr. Hilary Jones, served as an associate editor of the inaugural edition of the Journal of West African History (JWAH), which is now available.

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The Swahili Language Instructor Search Committee will interview six applicants for the part-time Swahili Instructor position. These interviews will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 10:00 AM to noon in Labor Center 309.

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The Wolof Language Instructor Search Committee will interview three applicants for the part-time Wolof Instructor position. These interviews will be on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Labor Center 309.

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The members of both the Swahili and Wolof Instructors Search Committees will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 11:00AM until noon in Labor Center 309.

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Please join us in congratulating Masonya Bennett, a second year combined MA in AADS / Ph.D. in GSS, for her being awarded a Social Science Research Council DPDF (Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship). These are very competitive. The fellowship should help her develop a marvelous proposal.

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April

Combined MA in AADS/Ph.D. in GSS Graduate Student Aysha Preston was awarded a Visiting Student Fellowship from the Minority Awards Program from the Smithsonian Institution. Aysha will participate in this program in the summer of 2015.

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AADS Affiliate Faculty Dr. Shimelis Setegn, Water Resources Program Lead and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, has been honored with an FIU Top Scholar Award in the Significant Funding category.

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Seven core or affiliate AADS faculty celebrated at this year's annual FIU Faculty Book Authors reception.

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AADS and Modern Languages will be offering two levels of Wolof and Swahili on MMC for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please click on the link to view their schedules.

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September

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier has been invited to contribute to the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Program of Afro-Brazilian Studies (Núcleo de Estudos Afro-Brasileiros) of the Federal University of Maranhão (Universidade Federal do Maranhão) in São Luis from October 13-17, 2015.

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October

Over the summer, Dr. Otovo participated in a number of important academic events. Please click the link to read more about her very productive summer.

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AADS is currently developing a study abroad program in Zanzibar/Tanzania for Summer B 2016 under the directorship of Professor Zablon Mgonja.

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November

AADS Graduate Program Director, Dr. Andrea Queeley's, latest book, Rescuing our Roots: The African Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba, is now available for purchase.

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December

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, AADS Director and Professor of Anthropology, has donated to the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino (Afro-Andean Archive and Documentary Fund) housed in the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar-Ecuador 103 cassettes recorded as part of his research in Afro-Ecuadorian communities in the Province of Esmeraldas and in the Chota-Mira Valley between 1984 and 2003. Please click the link to read more.

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