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.
Maya Angelou

“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


About the African American Studies Program

AAS@Wake

African American Studies is integral to a liberal arts education.

African American Program Academic Information

Academics

Learn more about our signature African American Studies program and see what’s being offered this spring.

African American Studies Program Faculty

Faculty

Meet the distinguished African American Studies faculty.


“The Politics of Memory”

2022 AWFUBA/AAS Annual

Homecoming Lecture

The 2022 Association of Wake Forest University Black Alumni (AWFUBA)/African American Studies Annual Homecoming Lecture, “The Politics of Memory,” was delivered by African American Studies Professor Shanna Greene Benjamin in conversation with Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities and director of the Program in African American Studies Corey D. B. Walker.

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