Explore the past, understand the present

We are a vibrant community of scholars and students who examine the historical and contemporary experiences of people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout the world. Our interdisciplinary degree programs allow you to study a breadth of topics through the lens of Black experience and race.

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Celebrate 50+1 years of AAADS

Our AAADS 50+1 anniversary celebration includes special lectures, workshops, events, and presentations throughout IU’s spring semester. The event series will culminate with an engaging 50+1 reception on Wednesday, April 20 at the IMU University Club and a major daylong symposium scheduled for Thursday, April 21 in the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities.

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Multidisciplinary perspectives

Our faculty represents a wide variety of interests and disciplines, spanning the social sciences and humanities. We create and share research that aids in the development and shaping of African American and African diaspora studies.

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