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.


AFAM Events Calendar 


Our own Professor Jesse Nasta speaks about Middletown's Black families during the Revolution and beyond, April 3, 2020.check out the article here

Wesleyan University invites applications for an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies beginning July 1, 2020. We seek candidates with substantive research and teaching interests in Black geographies, disability studies, queer studies, and/or environmental studies. 

Ph.D. is required in a social science field including African American Studies, Africana Studies, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, or Political Science, and other social science and interdisciplinary fields.  

The successful candidate will offer courses originating in the African American Studies Department. The fellowship includes limited teaching duties and opportunities for scholarly research and professional development. Annual stipend of $50,000, research/travel funds, and health insurance. Renewable for a second year.

To apply, plaese visit Applications received by March 20, 2020 will receive full consideration.

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Associate Professor of Science in Society Anthony Ryan Hatch is the author of a new book, Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America, published on April 30 by University of Minnesota Press. The book is a critical investigation into the use of psychotropic drugs to pacify and control inmates and other captives in the vast U.S.…
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