The Africana Studies Program brings a global outlook to the study of Africa and its Diasporas. Drawing on analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, education, history, literary studies, political science and sociology, the program focuses on peoples of African descent within the context of increasing globalization and dramatic social, economic and political changes.
To discuss your plan of study, ideas for special projects and summer work, and other aspirations, please contact Professor Alice Lesnick.
Recently published is Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume's new book, Colonial Pathologies, Environment and Western Medicine in Sant-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920
Focusing on yellow fever, cholera, and plague epidemics as well as on sanitation in the context of urban growth in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal between 1867 and 1920, this book explores how the French colonial and medical authorities responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination. Official reactions ranged from blaming the Africans and the tropical climate to the imposition of urban residential segregation and strictly enforced furloughs of civil servants and European troops. Drastic and disruptive sanitary measures led to a conflict between the interests of competing conceptions of public health and those of commerce, civil liberties, and popular culture. This book also examines the effort undertaken by the colonizer to make Senegal a healthy colony and Saint-Louis the healthiest port-city/capital through better hygiene, building codes, vector control, and the construction of waterworks and a sewerage system. The author offers insight into the urban processes and daily life in a colonial city during the formative years of the French empire in West Africa.
Swarthmore Black Studies Lecture Series and Related Events for Fall 2013
1.*9/11/13 Black Studies Program LECTURE: 4:30-6:00 SCHEUER ROOM
Dr. Michael Jeffries ’02 Wellesley College (On Sale at the Swarthmore College Bookstore: Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip Hop, and Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America)
2.*10/2/13 Black Studies Program LECTURE: 4:30-6:00 SCHEUER ROOM
Dr. Monique Scott of the American Natural History Museum (On Sale at the Swarthmore College Bookstore: Rethinking Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins)
3.10/4/13 Quakers, Swarthmore, and the Underground Railroad, A Walking Tour with Friends Historical Library Curator Christopher Densmore, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Gather at front of McCabe Library
4.10/7/13 Black Studies Program LECTURE: 4:30-6:00 SCHEUER ROOM
Dr. Katrina Hazzard-Gordon (On Sale at the Swarthmore College Bookstore: Jookin': The Rise of Social Dance-Formations in African American Culture)
5.10/8/2013 Mellon Creative Residency Program: Michael Twitty, 7:00-8:30 p.m., “Dining From a Haunted Plate”
6.10/10/13 A Cooper Event: 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Conversation with authors Edwidge Dandiat and Lorene Cary-L-PAC Cinema
7.*11/6/13 Black Studies Program LECTURE: 7:00-8:30 SCHEUER ROOM
Attorney E. Vincent Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights
8.11/19/13 Black Studies Program LECTURE: 4:30-6:00 Scheuer Room
Dr. Marcus Hunter, Yale University. (On Sale at the Swarthmore College Bookstore: Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America)
Alice Lesnick, at Bryn Mawr
Susanna Wing, at Haverford College