Columbia University IRAAS Summer Institute: “The Many Worlds of Black New York”

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Summer Program
July 11, 2016 to July 16, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies


The Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI). Convening for one week between Monday 11 and Friday July 16, this year’s STSI is themed “The Many Worlds of Black New York” and will focus on the history, cultures, and institutions of African-descended peoples in New York City.


This Summer Institute offers what few others are able:

  • The opportunity to study African-American art, photography, history, culture, politics, and life through the lens of New York, and in New York

  • Attend seminars facilitated by today’s leading scholars in African-American Studies

  • Visit and tour historical landmarks and institutions around the city

  • Receive instruction in the latest research methods and,

  • Enjoy afternoon and evening cultural excursions throughout New York City

This year’s lecturers will include Samuel K. Roberts (STSI Director), Cheryl Hicks, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Brian Purnell, and Christina Greer. STSI seminars will explore various themes including:

  • The New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance

  • Educating Harlem: Activism for Equality in the Mid-20th Century

  • The Struggle for Civil Rights in Brooklyn

  • Race, Policing, Gender and Criminal Justice

  • Black Immigration since 1965

  • Health/Medical Rights


In addition to serving as a space for collaborative thinking and skills training, STSI will offer a unique opportunity to explore the tremendous richness and vast scope of African-American Studies.


The fee for the STSI is $1,800 and a limited number of partial fellowships are available.


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Zoraida Lopez

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Zoraida Lopez

Special Projects Consultant and Grants Coordinator Columbia University 
Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS)
758 Schermerhorn Extension; MC 5512
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

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