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The mission of the Department of African American Studies

is to cultivate a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge and culture that African-descended peoples in the Americas have produced, as well as of the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic conditions under which they have done this work. The Department envisions a vibrant community of inquirers and interlocutors organized around the study of African American life at Penn State, and is keen to play its part in creating and maintaining that community.

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Featured Student of the Month:

Michael Banerjee

Hello all!  My name is Michael Banerjee and I am a sophomore from Plymouth Meeting, PA, majoring in Criminology and minoring in African American Studies.  My ultimate goal is to become a civil rights attorney, protecting the rights of underrepresented peoples through the courts, and striving to procure equality for all.  I have always wanted to serve and improve my community, and I see the law as the most efficacious means by which to achieve this end.

More on Michael

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