Center for African Studies
Established in 1970, the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois is one of the leading African studies programs in the United States. As a Title VI National Resource Center, the Center is committed to providing comprehensive and excellent educational opportunities. Its activities and programs are a testimony to the strength and vibrancy of African studies on this campus.
The Center has an outstanding Africana library collection, a wide range of course offerings, including regular instruction in six African languages, and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program. The size and quality of its faculty is impressive, as well as its outreach program which serves the Urbana-Champaign community, the state of Illinois, the Midwest region, and the nation. Over the years, mutually beneficial linkages have been established with numerous African universities and independent research institutions. The Center is also known for its dynamic extracurricular programming, including seminars and conferences, as well as innovative, multi-disciplinary research projects.
The Center is appreciative of its many sources of support, including the federal government, the foundations and, of course, the University of Illinois. Fortified by the intellectual and institutional assets that have been accumulated over the last three decades, we look forward to meeting the various challenges facing area studies in general and African studies in particular. We are confident in our creative capacities to move in new, exciting directions to meet our triple mission of research, teaching, and public service
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Written narratives as an avenue for Swazi women to debate marginalization and inconsistencies of patriarchy (2015-04-28)Swazi women face numerous socio-economic challenges as a result of patriarchal customs like polygamy, forced or arranged marriage, levirate marriage, and bride price. Marginalizing cultural norms push Swazi women to the ...
(2014-09-16)Despite gaining political independence five decades ago, for much of sub-Saharan Africa, it is not yet uhuru in terms of educational or economic independence. The objective of implementing adequate language policies for ...
(2013-02-03)This master’s thesis attempts to identity the reasons and causes for strong Ewe identity among those in the contemporary African Diaspora in the United States. An important debate among African nationalists and academics ...