Department News

News from the African/African American Studies department

  • September 28-29

    7:00,8:00 and 9:00pm at

    The Trylon Microcinema - 2820 E 33rd Street in Minneapolis

    This set of documentary shorts from Mozambique tracks Afrikaaner exiles and Congolese ruby miners, booze fueled hunters, mountain queens and thriving refugees. This film is part of a quarterly series presented by Northern Exposure. Director Jack Davis will hold a brief Q&A after the final screening (Tuesday 9pm).

  • The Minnesota History Center presents

  • Application Deadline is Sunday, March 22 — Apply Now!

    Change Corps is looking for graduating seniors who are passionate about getting change unstuck on the issues we care about most. Are you in?

    Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots political organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come. Click here to find out more.

    In your year with Change Corps: You’ll make a real impact on issues like women’s rights, gun violence, immigration reform, voting rights, marriage equality and money in politics. You’ll get an amazing experience in the field, working on 3-5 different campaigns throughout the year in cities across the country providing critical field support for partner groups leading the charge on these issues and many more. You’ll learn how to mobilize a community toward a common goal and build the kind of support and grassroots action that persuades decision-makers to stop obstructing change and embrace it instead. And you’ll learn from the best: Our trainers include Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, Justin Ruben, President of MoveOn, and Bill McKibben of You’ll even get paid: Change Corps organizers earn $25,000 and receive paid sick days, holidays, and vacation days, and qualifying staff have the opportunity to enroll in our group health care plan and student loan repayment program.


    And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Change Corps will help connect you to progressive groups looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change.


    We’ll invite 20 of the best and brightest candidates out of thousands of applicants to join the Change Corps class of 2016. We’re looking for people who are fired up about politics and serious about social change, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

    If you think you’re one of those people, then click here to get more information about joining the 2015-2016 class of Change Corps’ Training Academy for Activists. Change Corps is a yearlong program that begins in August 2015 with introductory classroom training, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the country. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

    Sign up here to learn more. Our Spring application deadline is Sunday, Mar. 22. If you have questions about Change Corps or the application process, please contact Dani Neuharth-Keusch, Change Corps Recruitment Director, at Please be sure to include a phone number at which you can be reached.

     Change Corps is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

  • Want to develop your writing skills?

    Need valuable experience with communications, marketing, or digital media?

    Want a peer leader position that makes a difference?

    Apply to be a Communications or Publicity Fellow in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE)! The CCCE Communications team manages all of the advocacy, publicity and outreach for the center. As a fellow, you will have real hands-on experience that can apply to most jobs and internships. The positions are flexible and can be shaped according to your skills and interests. Want to work in marketing or publishing? Help coordinate our newsletter, manage our organizational systems, and update our social media platforms! Or, if you are more interested in pursuing your artistic passions, help us design posters, create digital media, take pictures and earn valuable Adobe Creative Suite skills.

    No prior experience with the CCCE necessary!

    To apply for the position (or to check out others), visit

  • Challenge Detroit Fellowship

    March 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Challenge Detroit is now accepting applications for their fourth class of Fellows and host companies!

    Challenge Detroit is a national initiative focused on revitalizing Detroit by retaining and attracting top talent to share their intellectual capital with the City. Challenge Detroit provides this talent the opportunity to live, work, play, give, and lead in Detroit. If interested in the program please visit the  Application Page! 

    Challenge Detroit is accepting Phase One applications until Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. Once again, we will invite approximately 30 Fellows to participate in the program, and therefore space is limited to approximately 30 host companies.

  • This website has more information on the tuition fee, housing, our social programme and on how to apply.

    Included in the tuition price are: airport pick-up service, orientation programme, course excursions, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance and a transcript of records after completion of the course.



  • National Museum of African Art Internship

    February 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

    The American Anthropological Association is pleased to offer two internship opportunities funded by member donations!  One of these internships described below may be of particular interest to AFAM students.

    Internships are six weeks in length during the summer of 2015. While the internships are unpaid, interns will be provided with housing and a meal/travel stipend. Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA with the other 60 percent of their time working onsite at one of two locations described below.


    • Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year
    • First Year Graduate students (completing the first year of graduate work by June 2014)

    Applications can be found on the AAA website under the heading AAA Summer Internship Program.

    • Call for Applications Opens: February 6, 2015  
    • Application Deadline: March 15, 2015


    National Museum of African Art Internship

    The National Museum of African Art has the largest publicly held collection of traditional and contemporary African art in the United States. This collection includes more than 9,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from ancient to contemporary times, and includes sculpture, textiles, pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, works on paper, and video art.

    The museum's mission is to foster the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.

    • The selected intern would be placed in the museum's curatorial department and their assignment would include object-based work related to a future exhibition.
    • An interest in African culture and art is required for this internship, as well as a background in curatorial practice and procedures.

    AAA On-Site Activities

    AAA activities are to include:

    • Assisting in the planning for the RACE: Are We So Different?  press viewing for its opening at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    • Researching membership trends in the AAA 
    • Developing and drafting materials for the AAA bi-weekly podcasts
    • Drafting text for Anthropology News (AN) newsletter articles 
    • Other activities as assigned
  • Urban Scholars Internship Program

    January 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Future leaders are currently being sought for employment in a leadership development summer internship program for college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds called Urban Scholars.

    The 12-week program is a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, State of Minnesota, PCL Construction, and Greater Twin Cities United Way. Urban Scholars provides:

    • Full-time, competitively paid, professional resume-building work experience for graduates and undergraduate students.
    • Direct access to agency leaders including but not limited to the Mayor, City Council members, Department Heads, Superintendents, and Executive Directors.
    • A team-based community project that will be presented to City Council, community stakeholders, senior management, and colleagues.
    • Leadership and communications skills development as part of the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute
    • Mentors to provide guidance to achieve professional goals.
    • Opportunities to create valuable professional networks.

    This highly competitive summer internship starts on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and ends on Friday, August 14, 2015. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 20, 2015. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate college students regardless of academic major. Public sector experience is highly desired but not required.

    Please spread the word to eligible college students.  Urban Scholars staff members are available and would welcome an opportunity to visit your school or organization to talk to you, students, or student groups about the program.


    • Must be enrolled and in good standing at an accredited two or four year college, university, graduate program, or law school at the time of application.
    • Must have completed first year of post-secondary education.
    • Must be authorized to work in the United States
    • Must be able to participate on a full-time basis for 12 weeks (40 hours per week)

    Please note that recent graduates (May of 2015) are eligible for participation, and there is no residency requirement.


    For more information and a link to the online application, visit: If you have specific questions or need additional information, please contact: or (612) 673-2516.

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    The AIDS United AmeriCorps program is the largest national AmeriCorps program with a singular focus on ending the HIV epidemic through public service. We build the next generation of public health leaders who have frontline experience in the fight against HIV. 

    AC-iMac3Over its 20-year history, our AmeriCorps program has trained and placed over 700 Members in HIV-focused community-based organizations, such as clinics, youth centers, residential-care facilities, and social service agencies. Our Members have reached over 380,000 people through HIV prevention education and helped over 75,000 people know their HIV status.

    Members serve on the front line of the HIV epidemic. During their eleven month service, they provide HIV tests, health education, care navigation, and other social services.

    Our Members make a difference, earn experience, and gain perspective through direct service.

    To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

  • Edited by Alexs Pate with co-editors Pamela R. Fletcher and J. Otis Powell

    Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    Minnesota History Center

    345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102

    • 6:00 p.m. Doors open, refreshments & cash bar
    • 7:00 p.m. Book Talk and Presentation
    • 8:00 p.m. Book Signing

    Event is free and open to the public.

    Blues Vision is a groundbreaking collection of incisive prose and powerful poetry by forty-three black writers who educate, inspire, and reveal the unabashed truth. The book is co-published by the Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Humanities Center, sponsor of this anthology, which was made possible in part by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2004.

    Showcasing the unique vision and reality of Minnesota’s African American community from the Harlem renaissance through the civil rights movement, from the black power movement to the era of hip- hop and the time of America’s first black president, this compelling anthology provides an explosion of artistic expression about what it means to be a Minnesotan.

    Advance Praise:

    “How do you establish your voice in a place where the response to Black life can be as cold and unforgiving as the snow? Alexs Pate and his coeditors answer that question with powerful documentation of the literary life of black Minnesotans—native and transplanted—who have flourished in this lush, bountiful state that celebrates its liberal public identity but often forgets to uphold those principles for people of color.”  Robyne Robinson, Arts & Culture Director, MSP International Airport

    Blues Vision captures the rich history of African Americans living in Minnesota, with each writer sharing an honest perspective on what it means to be Black here. The stories may seem to rhyme, but their diversity defines what’s best about our great state.” Congressman Keith Ellison

    Blues Vision, a conscientiously edited gathering of remarkably high caliber, is an aesthetically formidable and conceptually energetic new regional anthology “predicated on the intersection of race and geography in creative literary expression.” This unprecedented collection will help us rethink regionalism as a literary form and as cultural critique—and make us reconceive the meaning of ‘Minnesota,’ as well.”  John Wright, Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American & African Studies and English, Founding Scholar, Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature and Life, University of Minnesota

    About the Editors:

    Alexs Pate, an award- winning novelist, playwright, and writing professor, is the president of Innocent Technologies, LLC.
    Pamela R. Fletcher is associate professor of English at St. Catherine University.
    J. Otis Powell is a poet, performance artist, and curator working in an aesthetic rooted in Afrocentric lore and culture.

    Contributors include: David Adedjouma, Louis Alemayehu, E.G. Bailey, Conrad Balfour, Lloyd Brown, Philip Bryant, Shá Cage, Laurie Carlos, Gabrielle Civil, Taiyon Coleman, Kyra Crawford-Calvert, Mary Moore Easter, Evelyn Fairbanks, Pamela R. Fletcher, Shannon Gibney, Taylor Gordon, David Grant, Craig Green, Libby Green, David Haynes, Kofi Bobby Hickman, Kim Hines, Carolyn Holbrook, Steven Holbrook, Kemet Imhotep, Andrea Jenkins, Nellie Stone Johnson, Tish Jones, Etheridge Knight, Arleta Little, Roy McBride, Gordon Parks, Alexs Pate, G.E. Patterson, Anthony Peyton Porter, Louis Porter II, J. Otis Powell‽, Rohan Preston, Ralph Remington, Angela Shannon, Susan J. Smith-Grier, Clarence White, and Frank B. Wilderson III.

  • Career Kickstarter: A Workshop Seminar

    December 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Career Kickstarter is a 4-week workshop seminar series for seniors who are seeking a job post-graduation. In the seminar we review various job searching skills, to help with a job search now and in the future.


  • The Program

    Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates the opportunity to spend an academic year working at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Cairo.

    Working at AUC

    Interns work full-time in one of seven university offices, such as the Office of the President and Office of Communications, which provide opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and substantive work. At the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment, I recently returned from conducting fieldwork for agricultural and community development projects in desert oasis communities.


    Program benefits include a monthly living stipend, faculty housing, private Arabic tutoring, subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt, and more.


    We have traditionally accepted a diverse array of students, including those with no background in Arabic or Middle Eastern Studies. Interested students should visit our website for more information on the program and how to apply. They can also visit our Facebook page and blog. The application is due January 15, 2015.  Contact with any questions.