Africana Studies

Lamentations for Sudan

Sudanese scholar Ali Ali-Dinar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies, discusses the ongoing uprising in the East African country and the Sudan massacre.

Greg Johnson

Seeing, hearing, and encountering post-apartheid South Africa

A Penn Global Seminar course taught by Carol Muller took the 16 undergraduates to South Africa to explore that nation's history and post-apartheid present day through music and culture. The students demonstrated the impact of the journey through final projects including a painting, a written paper, a poem, a film, a photo essay, a musical score—even a set of political cartoons.

Louisa Shepard

Documenting refugees

A documentary film by Penn junior Sonari Chidi and a panel discussion at Perry World House focused on the depiction of refugees and immigrants in the media.

Louisa Shepard

‘A Home for the Holidays’

On Dec. 31, Kyle Oden, a junior at Penn from Inglewood, Calif., and his family will be featured as part of a nationally televised holiday special: “A Home for the Holidays—the 20th Anniversary” celebrating families whose lives have been changed by adoptions.

Penn Today Staff

Meeting of minds

With the Penn Alumni Reading Club, the Center for Africana Studies delivers intellectual engagement directly to alumni—and the public.

Penn Today Staff

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In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

For This Penn Class That Studies Beyoncé, Beychella Was Like an Epic Final Exam

Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed her seminar “Family Feuds: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Solange and the Meaning of American Music” and analyzed the viral Coachella performance’s commentary on Black womanhood.


Fox 29 (Philadelphia)

Family Feud: Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Solange

Penn students Ashley Barrett, Arike Jacobs, and Erica Suarez joined Salamishah Tillet of the School of Arts and Sciences on “Good Day Philadelphia” to discuss Tillet’s seminar “Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Solange.” (Video)