African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

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Afro-Caribbean Politics and Culture in Bluefields, Nicaragua—Apply for Study Abroad!

Summer 2014 program participants. Photo Credit: Ana Vidina Hernandez.

Summer 2014 program participants. Photo Credit: Ana Vidina Hernandez.

Congratulations to students recently admitted to the AADS study abroad program in Bluefields, Nicaragua! As part of the Afro-Caribbean Politics and Culture in Central America program, students will spend the Summer II semester of 2016 studying the politics of race, gender, culture, and political mobilization among Afro-Caribbean communities on Central America’s Caribbean Coast. By experiencing the unique culture of Bluefields, Nicaragua, U.S. students will learn about a related but distinct strand of the Black experience in the Americas, which is relatively unknown outside the region. This is a perfect course for students interested in Afro-Latin America, race, gender, class, sexuality, identity, and culture. Specifically, the program seeks to recruit intellectually ambitious students interested in activist scholarship and research.  

While a small cohort has already been accepted, we encourage more students to apply to the program through May. Apply today! The application is available here; please complete and send to jacksonbrown@austin.utexas.edu

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THE URBRAN RESEARCH FELLOWS ARE IN SAN FRANCISCO!

Devonya Batiste (2nd Lt., Rhetoric and Writing, 2016), Madisun Merrick Stelly (3rd Lt., African and African Diaspora Studies, 2017), Michaela Taylor (Far Rt., African and African Diaspora Studies, 2016), and Fallon Christian (not pictured, Theatre and Dance, 2016)

Students have been selected as Urban Research Fellows in AADS's Domestic Study Program in San Francisco! In this photo, they have been joined by 2014 Urban Research Fellows alum Minerva Zapata (Far Lt., Radio/Television/Film, 2016) They are spending the Spring of 2016 studying gentrification in San Francisco and taking courses at San Francisco State University. By working with activist organizations, attending arts events and community protests, and touring all parts of the city, they are studying how and why gentrification occurs, and developing strategies for addressing it. For details on next year's program, contact Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, jonijones@austin.utexas.edu.