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October 7, 2021
From Bessie Smith to Béyonce, Black feminine sound has significantly contributed to the foundation of American music. According to Daphne Brooks — an award-winning author and...
October 1, 2021
Pickens grew up in Laurelton, Queens and visited Sag Harbor during the summer for decades before finally settling in the historic whaling village full-time in 2004. Read More
September 22, 2021
When Newman T. Baker first tried to play the washboard years ago, he had what he describes as an almost out-of-body experience. Though he had never played before, his hands...
September 8, 2021
The jury is in… and has chosen Daphne A. Brooks’ Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound as the winner of the $50,000...
August 24, 2021
After the murder of George Floyd ignited nationwide protests, corporate America acknowledged it could no longer stay silent and promised to take an active role in confronting...
August 17, 2021
Brittany Levingston F’21 Leading Edge Fellowships 2021 Pennsylvania Humanities Council Appointed to Pennsylvania Humanities Council for the project “August Wilson’s Century...
July 13, 2021
Please join us in extending a hearty congratulations to our 2020 PhD in African American and American Studies, Lucy Caplan! Lucy’s dissertation, “High Culture on the Lower...
June 30, 2021
Apainful pattern repeats itself throughout America: A Black person is killed by police officers, protests ensue, and police are brought in to stifle the demonstrations. Most...
June 30, 2021
Four Yale professors whose teaching and mentorship have inspired generations of students were recently honored with William C. Clyde DeVane Medals from the university’s...
June 24, 2021
Ashley James always had a tendency to question dominant historical narratives.  Last year, she earned her doctorate from Yale University in English literature and two other...
June 24, 2021
Since the declaration of Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s birthday as a federal holiday, our country has celebrated the civil-rights movement, valorizing its tactics of nonviolence...