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A hub that supports and enhances Africa-related teaching and research.

Apply for a FLAS Fellowship! Application Deadline has been extended to February 18, 2022

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Applications are now open for both Swahili summer abroad programs!

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Application Deadline for Yoruba Group Abroad Program has been extended to February 15, 2022

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Discussion of US Policy Toward Africa with Assistant Secretary Phee

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Watch now! Discussion of US Policy Toward Africa with Assistant Secretary Phee

Watch this special event now on YouTube - Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly Phee recently traveled with Secretary Blinken to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as Secretary of State. The trip included a major policy speech in Nigeria, where the Secretary outlined U.S.-Africa policy under the Biden-Harris administration. On Dec. 15, 2021 at Howard University, as a follow-up to their trip, Assistant Secretary Phee offered remarks and then participated in a Q&A with Howard faculty, students and attendees.

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Watch the 2021 CABA Ceremony!

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S.. CABA was created in 1991 to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. The Center for African Studies at Howard University is the institutional base for the Awards.

Watch the Ceremony

FLAS Fellowship applications are now open for African language study

The deadline for FLAS Fellowship applications for Summer 2022 has been extended to Friday, February 18, 2022, 5:00 pm EST. The Fellowships are for for African language study (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu). The last Info Session is on Thursday, January 27 from 12:00 noon. 

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View the Recordings of the Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa

The Howard University Department of African Studies hosted an international virtual Pan-African Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic on November 8 & 9. 

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View Highlights from the Out of Africa Conference

The Second Out of (and Into) Africa Conference on African Consumer Marketing, Firm Strategies and Society was hosted online by Morgan State University in collaboration with Howard University on October 25-26, 2021.

Go to Conference page to view the recording

African Languages

HU has the largest number of students studying African languages in the United States! Check out the courses at HU, study abroad programs and the HU African Language Summer Institute, teaching Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu.

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Watch CABA Meet the Illustrator

Meet April Harrison, illustrator of the CABA Best Book: Nana Akua Goes to School! The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. CABA was created in 1991 to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.

Watch Now on YouTube!