Harold Cruse Typewriter
Harold Cruse, author of "Crisis of the Negro Intellectual" was a former director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies now the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.
Malcolm and Martin
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., by Inge Hardison. Donated by Dr. James L. Curtis.
Assorted drums donated to DAAS over the last 40 years by faculty members and visiting guests.
Jacob Lawrence Prints
The Book of Genesis print series by Jacob Lawrence. Donated by Dr. James L. Curtis.
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Established in 1970, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) is an interdisciplinary program of research, instruction, and community outreach. Our intellectual mission is to participate in and reflect on emerging directions in the study and representation of the diverse cultures, experiences and societies of Africans and peoples of African descent across the African continent and diaspora. To learn more about our wonderful community of scholars and students as well as our many innovative programs, please browse our website. Note the link to our current newsletter to your right.
DAAS Faculty Members Win Herskovits Award Two Years in a Row
The African Studies Association (ASA) invites publishers to nominate titles for the Herskovits Award which is presented to the author of the most important scholarly work in African studies published in English during the preceding year. The award was given to Professor Derek Peterson for 2013/14. Professor Peterson is a faculty member in both DAAS and the History Department. His book is titled Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival. About the award, Professor Peterson says:
I am tremendously gratified to be given this recognition from the African Studies Association. As with all scholarly work, my book was a joint production, and I am particularly grateful for the logistical, financial, and intellectual support that the University of Michigan has given me. Michigan students have helped to organize and catalogue the archives in which I have worked; Michigan funds have underwritten my field research; Michigan colleagues have read and improved my writing; Michigan's intellectual culture has given my ideas a fruitful place in which to mature. For all these things I am truly thankful.
Last year the award was given to Associate Professor David Doris who teaches in DAAS and The Department of the History of Art. His book is titled Vigilant Things: the Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Southwestern Nigeria. It investigates the moral and mnemonic function of assemblages of useless and discarded objects in contemporary Yoruba culture.
Finally, Professor Martin Murray, who teaches in DAAS and Urban Planning, was last years runner's up to the Herskovits Award. City of Extremes is the title of his book. About the award, Professor Martin says:
It is a great honor to be nominated for the Herskovits award. As researchers and writers, we toil alone. It is gratifying to know that what we write is read and appreciated by others.
- Faye Portis Named Finalist for LSA Award December 17, 2013
- DAAS Wins Award from the Black Volunteer Network December 12, 2013
- DAAS Mourns Nelson Mandela December 12, 2013
- Theme Semester Lecture Series: Ship Sister to Mannish Woman: Queer Indo-Caribbean Biomythographies
Speaker: Aliyah Khan, Assistant professor of English Language and Literature and Afroamerican and African Studies