African American Studies @ WFU
African American Studies at Wake Forest University is a signature academic program that:
- Leverages the University’s distinctive commitment “to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts” while educating a new generation of scholars and citizens committed to serving humanity
- Employs a broad humanistic framework in providing a novel intellectual space for students and scholars to develop new knowledge in their attempt “to ask and answer the fundamental questions of human existence”
- Distinguishes its approach to the discipline by its unique focus on the cultures, knowledges, and expressions of African descended people in the southern United States and their global reverberations.
“I speak to the Black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition – about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.”
– Maya Angelou
African American Studies is integral to a liberal arts education.
Learn more about our signature African American Studies program and see what’s being offered this spring.
Meet the distinguished African American Studies faculty.
The Politics of Black Arts and
Black Education, 1965-1980
African American Studies major Iyana Trotman ’24 received a summer research fellowship from the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Center (URECA) to support her mentored research with Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities and director of the Program in African American Studies Corey D. B. Walker on the politics of Black arts and Black education from 1965 through 1980.
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September 27, 2022 | 7:00pm
October 6, 2022 | 4:00pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library