Africana Studies

Rendering of Oechsle Center for Global Studies

April 21, 2014

Oechsle Center Models College’s Commitment to Global Education

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When the Oechsle Center for Global Education opens for classes next spring, students will find a three-story, state-of-the-art facility themed around interdisciplinary global studies. “Global education should be an integral part of any Lafayette student’s education, regardless of major,” says David Stifel, associate professor of economics and chair of international affairs. “Being exposed to different [...]

Robert Young '14 speaks at the exhibit opening reception.

December 5, 2013

Robert Young ’14 Reveals Lafayette’s Pioneering Past

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By Sean Grim ’14 Twenty-seven years before the passage of the 13th Amendment, two slaves were admitted to Lafayette College. One went on to become a physician in New York City, while the other took up missionary work in Liberia. These young men, David and Washington McDonogh, were two of the 10 African-Americans who matriculated [...]

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May 9, 2013

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 85 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 5 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 42 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Dressed in a white kanzu, Tahir Basil '13 overlooks Lamu town before attending evening prayers in one of Lamu's many mosques.

April 17, 2013

Kenya Becomes a Field School for 17 Students Learning about Social and Religious Dynamics

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There is a persistent notion that Africa is a benchwarmer of sorts in the game of world affairs, an untouched land where time stands still. What a group of 17 students learned during a January study-abroad course—Religion, Society and Change in East Africa—is the fact that Africa has always been a central player in the [...]

Walter Oechsle ’57, center, holds the ceremonial shovel with President Daniel H. Weiss, left, and Edward W. Ahart ’69, chair of the Board of Trustees.

April 8, 2013

Photo Gallery: Lafayette Breaks Ground for Oechsle Center for Global Education

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The College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Oechsle Center for Global Education April 6 at the site of building’s future location, along South College Drive south of Pardee Hall. The center is being made possible by the support of Walter Oechsle ’57 and his wife, the late Christa Huber Oechsle. Oechsle, an emeritus trustee [...]

Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall

February 8, 2013

Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall Stimulates Curiosity in the Classroom

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To say that Wendy Wilson-Fall is enthusiastic is an understatement. As Lafayette’s first professor hired specifically for the interdisciplinary Africana Studies Program, she is excited about its growth and future. She is equally enthusiastic about communicating her passion for Africana studies to her students as well as the upcoming publication of her new book. Inspired [...]

Christopher Anderson

September 26, 2012

Meet the New Faculty

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This fall, Lafayette welcomes seven new professors, bringing the College’s total to 215 full-time, tenure-track faculty members. Over the past several years, the College has been working toward increasing the size of the permanent faculty by 20 percent and decreasing the student-to-faculty ratio from 11:1 to 10:1, one of the initiatives in its strategic plan. [...]

Andrew Holmes '12

May 7, 2012

Students Have Life-Changing Experiences in Africa

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To learn about another culture, you can watch the documentaries, read the books, study the maps and artifacts, listen to the experts—but nothing can come close to the experience of actually being there. Nothing can match taking an early morning jog near your hotel and crossing paths with two giraffes or visiting Oldupai gorge, the [...]

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May 1, 2012

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation April 29 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 47 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Robert Blunt

March 19, 2012

Armed with Rich Experiences, Professor Robert Blunt Shares Fascination with Africa

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A religious studies major at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Robert Blunt needed to fulfill a science requirement, so he signed up for a study abroad program in Kenya. The course was on grassland ecology, but it was the people of the region that captured his interest. “I spent a lot of time with [...]