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

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University Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. The University continues to formulate and adjust its plans as needed.

Transition to Workday - July 1, 2021

Workday is Howard's new system to manage HR and financial processes. On July 1, 2021, it will go live and replace all existing systems.

CALL for PAPERS: Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa

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Summer Institute for Educators

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Second International Conference on African Consumer Marketing, Firm Strategies and Society

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We just launched Howard on Africa in Brief!

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa

The Howard University Department of African Studies will host an international virtual symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic on October 21 and 22, 2021. Submissions for papers are now being accepted.

Paper Proposal Submission Deadline Extended to: July 30

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New Summer Course!

The Department of African Studies is offering a new summer non-credit course Advanced Seminar in African Policy for graduate students and practitioners.  The Course Convenor will be Ambassador Kamissa Camara.

Course Dates: July 19 – Aug 20, 2021

This course is now FULL and the registration is CLOSED.

See course info

The CfAS Summer Institute for Educators starts in July. Register now.

Our 2021 Virtual Summer Institute for Educators will launch Part I of "Voices from the Swahili World", a series of planned workshops and educational experiences throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. During this three-day summer institute, educators will learn about the people and culture of the Swahili Coast through the lens of three ports of call Lamu, Mombasa and Zanzibar. The program presentations will focus on the cultural arts (language, poetry, decorative arts, music, food and dress) of these regions.

3 DAYS: Friday, July 30; Monday, August 2; & Tuesday, August 3, 2021   |   9:30am - 2:30pm

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Learn Zulu with Zulunomics!

Are you studying or teaching Zulu and wish there was an easier way? Enter a modern solution - Zulunomics - a collection of books, e-books, an app (on both Android and iPhone), flashcards, posters and downloadables! Developed by Dr. Phiwokuhle Mnyandu of Howard University (H-U!!) and his team, this array of learning materials will rev up your progress!

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Second Out of (and Into) Africa Conference

Following the success of the Inaugural “Out of (and Into) Africa” Conference - International Symposium on African Consumer Marketing and Firm Strategies - which was held at the Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University, Baltimore in 2018, we are now excited to launch the next edition of the conference with multi-HBCU involvement.

Submission Deadline Extended: July 20

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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.

Learn more about our programs.

Hip Hop in Africa Online Course

The Hip Hop in Africa online course was created by Dr. Msia Clark to introduce students to contemporary African culture, using the lens of hip hop. Hip hop is a major cultural force throughout urban Africa, and the music is a great tool for understanding the social issues and cultural environments impacting African youth today. Through hip hop culture, African artists provide rich and diverse narratives of contemporary Africa. This course is designed to accommodate various levels of familiarity with Africa and provides access to content at various levels of difficulty.

Find out more about the Hip Hop in Africa online course