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The horrific racist attack targeting black students at Penn reminds us that we are living in an age of demagoguery that is not soon to end. Penn’s response to this incident was swift. We commend all of those who worked to make that so, especially the President’s Office, the Vice Provost for University Life, the Office of Public Safety, other administrators and faculty.
Africana studies at Penn has at its center the study of Africa and peoples of African descent around the globe. This is the very first sentence on our website: “The field of Africana studies has been devoted to the critical study of the historical and contemporary experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent who live outside the continent of Africa, particularly in the Americas.” If you want to see that for yourself and learn more about the history of Africana studies, please do by looking at our website at https://africana.sas.upenn.edu/department