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Guest Column by David Scollan and Tunmise Fawole | African Studies is not Africana Studies

(02/29/16 2:46am)

Following the announcement of the closure of the Africa Center last spring, students mobilized in protest against what we rightly perceived as a marginalization of the study of an entire continent, its billion people, their cultures, languages, histories, economies and institutions. We were told not to worry, that the College of Arts and Sciences’ decision to have the Department of Africana Studies subsume the African Studies Program would not change a thing for African studies majors and minors. We suspected we weren’t being given the full story, and now unfortunately our fears are being confirmed.