Africana Studies

Wale Adebanwi on democratic reform in Africa

The Presidential Penn Compact Professor of Africana Studies teaches an undergraduate course, Popular Culture and Youth in Africa. He discusses successes and challenges of democratic reform in post-Cold War Africa.


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Historic moment: Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes serve as inspiration to Black youth

Kenneth Shropshire of the Wharton School says that there was a time when Black athletes were considered to lack the skills and critical thinking needed for a leadership role.


Education Week

Africana studies can save education—and the world

Ismael Jimenez of the Graduate School of Education writes that "Africana studies is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the study of Black people and history, but it also represents a foundational building block of a more just world."


Philadelphia Inquirer

A different kind of learning loss

In a Q&A, Camille Z. Charles of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the behavioral changes she’s seen in her classroom since the start of the pandemic.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Last cut for neighborhood barber after 70 years in West Philadelphia

Howard Stevenson of the Graduate School of Education says that Black men share intimate and personal stories in barbershops, making them ideal places to help deal with emotional and physical trauma.


Chicago Tribune

Jeffery Leving: Illinois should follow federal guidance and stop charging parents for their kids’ foster care

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts says that Black families are twice as likely as white families to be negatively affected by the foster care system.


PBS NewsHour

Museum works to repatriate artifacts looted from West Africa

The redesigned Africa Galleries at the Penn Museum seeks to return artifacts and transform narratives of colonization, with remarks from Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts & Sciences and the Museum and Christopher Woods, director of the Museum.