The AFAM Department is pleased to share that the Association of Black Women Historians awarded Kaisha Esty, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, the Woods Brown article prize for her first article, “I Told Him to Let Me Alone, That He Hurt Me: Black Women and Girls and the Battle Over Labor and Sexual Consent in Union-Occupied Territory”. Professor Esty received the award at the annual conference at the University of Southern California ealier this month. 


Each year the Center organizes events and programs that enrich the offerings of the African American Studies Program. The Center's programming deepens campus and community conversations about contemporary and historic matters relating to African American Studies and the African diaspora.

The CAAS Distinguished Lecture series, launched in 1994, has brought to campus individuals known for their influential writing, inspiring activism, demonstrated leadership, and fearless community engagement. Past speakers have included Congressman John Lewis, Civil Rights leader Julian Bond, historian Robin D.G. Kelley, scholar of public policy and law Dorothy Roberts, and university professor and author Cheryl LaRoche. 

The Center often cosponsors events with student organizations as well as departments, programs, and center colleagues. Join us for our lecture series, symposia, poetry readings, exhibits and artistic events. All CAAS events are open to the Wesleyan Community and the general public.