Pitt Center for African Studies

Internationalize your education, expand your understanding of Africa, and study abroad in Africa

We coordinate undergraduate and graduate certificate programs with an overarching goal to deepen the knowledge of students and expand understanding of Africa.

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African Studies Updates 02/06/2024

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African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

African Studies Updates 01/24/2024

Student Spotlight! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

01/17/2024

We're 30 minutes away from our FLAS information session! Come down to the Global Hub in Posvar hall to learn how you can be a part of the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program. This fellowship with the US Department of Education financially supports undergrad and grad students learning foreign languages and area studies. Awards are available for Summer 2024 and the 2024-2025 academic year. Follow the link in our bio to learn more!

African Studies Updates 01/16/2024

FLAS Fellowship Information Session Tomorrow! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

12/20/2023

Wishing you and yours a restorative holiday season! Join with us as we believe in peace across the globe in the new year.

African Studies Updates 12/01/2023

Model African Union Club Meeting Monday! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

African Studies Updates 11/30/2023

Spring Courses in African Studies! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

11/09/2023

Tonight, get a taste of some of the less-commonly-taught languages Pitt has to offer! Join fellow students in the Global Hub in Posvar Hall from 7-9pm and enjoy snacks while you pick up a new language. This includes Yoruba, the African language we're starting to offer this Spring!

African Studies Updates 11/09/2023

Internship Panel Tomorrow! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

African Studies Updates 10/24/2023

Learn About Studying Abroad in Africa! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

08/28/2023

A warm happy start to the semester from the Center for African Studies! We're so excited for the events we're planning for the Fall and can't wait to connect with you. Stay up to date with us by following along on our page and checking out the link in our bio!

Stop by our office in Posvar Hall 4138 to say hi, we're here every day 🌞



Photo: CAS staff and students tabling at the Global Carnival that took place on Thursday, August 24, from 5pm-7pm in the William Pitt Union.

African Studies Updates 08/14/2023

Study African Languages at Pitt! -

African Studies Updates Newest updates from the University of Pittsburgh Center for African Studies!

Communications Assistant %26 Researcher 07/21/2023

The Center for African Studies is for a Communications Assistant & Researcher! This is a part-time student position centered on communications and social media marketing/networking. Make money, build your resume, and work with a positive and diverse team! We're looking to fill this roll as soon as possible. Follow the link below to learn more and apply:

Communications Assistant %26 Researcher Click the link provided to see the complete job description.

Photos from Pitt Center for African Studies's post 07/18/2023

This fall, we're offering two new African languages: Wolof and Akan/Twi! Along with Swahili, Amharic, and Arabic, this brings our total number of African languages to five, plus the African Diaspora language of Haitian Creole. Explore these photos to read a little about each language and learn familiar English words that originate from them!

You can learn more about the African languages offered at Pitt and how studying an African language can lead you to a certificate in African Studies here: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/languages

For information about enrolling in an African language course, you can reach out to the African Languages Coordinator Dr. Filipo Lubua at [email protected]

The Legacy Arts Project 07/07/2023

Check out the upcoming event with the Legacy Arts Project! Dance Africa Pittsburgh, “Movement of the People” is an annual mainstay event that features a meet-n-greet, panel discussion, an African marketplace, and local/regional/international performances. See both youth and adult performances that reflect the beauty of the African diaspora through song, dance, drumming, visual art, and spoken word, all with the intention of sharing gifts with the world.

Tickets are pay what you can! Purchase here: https://newhazletttheater.org/events/movement-of-the-people/

The Legacy Arts Project Dance Africa Pittsburgh, is an annual mainstay event hosted by the Legacy Arts Project and features a meet-n-greet, panel discussion, an African marketplace, and local/regional/international performances. Hosted over Two days, the event includes both youth and adult performances that reflect the bea...

07/07/2023

Book Club is back, 📖

Join the Pitt Center for African Studies for a virtual book discussion about Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie on July 27.

Learn more and register: http://pi.tt/BookClubJuly27

A Pitt history professor’s play debuts tonight in London 06/13/2023

Center for African Studies emeritus affiliated faculty member, Marcus Rediker, has a play debuting in London tonight!

"The play, titled 'The Return of Benjamin Lay,' is a one-man show starring actor Mark Povinelli, who is also the president of the Little People of America. The plot finds Lay, a man with dwarfism who often referred to himself as 'Little Benjamin,' returning almost 300 years after his death to confront those who suppressed his beliefs and to seek readmittance to the Quakers."

Read more about the play here: https://www.pitt.edu/pittwire/features-articles/benjamin-lay-play-markus-rediker?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=T%200613%20Benjamin%20Lay%20play%20pride%20events%20hockey%20and%20hearts%20juneteenth%20volunteer&utm_content=T%200613%20Benjamin%20Lay%20play%20pride%20events%20hockey%20and%20hearts%20juneteenth%20volunteer+CID_2d5069b617e1adec5ac9304194c66908&utm_source=CM%20Pittwire&utm_term=abolitionist%20Benjamin%20Lay

Learn more about Dr. Rediker: https://www.history.pitt.edu/people/marcus-rediker

A Pitt history professor’s play debuts tonight in London The play, about abolitionist Quaker Benjamin Lay, is based on a book by Markus Rediker and was born at a conference protest in Germany.

06/08/2023

We're relaunching our book club! The first read on our list is "Nightbloom" by Pitt almuna Peace Adzo Medie. We'll be discussing the book together on Thursday, July 27, from 12-1:30 on Zoom. Follow the link below to find where to access the book and register for the discussion!

https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/african-studies-book-club

*Reposted for date change*

Photos from The Young Dreamers’ Bookstore's post 05/11/2023

Thank you to the The Young Dreamers’ Bookstore for attending our conference over the weekend!

Photos from Pitt Center for African Studies's post 05/11/2023

We had an incredible Spring Conference over the weekend! From May 5-6, "African in the Classroom: Pedagogy, Community, Decolonization" welcomed scholars from Pitt and beyond to discuss what it means to decolonize education and center community knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Cherie Rivers, had attendees thinking about the history of education in colonialism and the power of language and perspective. Check out some of her slides here!

Thank you to everyone who traveled and attended our conference! It's an honor and a privilege to collaborate across disciplines to create change, healing, and accountability. We also want to give a special thanks to Dr. Wendy Orr, the first Entrepreneur in Residence for the Africa Business Initiative with the Katz School of Business, for being our special guest at the conference. More on Dr. Orr and her incredible accomplishments are to come!

More info about the conference: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/spring-conference-1

05/04/2023

Our Spring Conference begins tomorrow! Find the schedule, presentation abstracts, and register for free here: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/spring-conference-1

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Spring Conference is fast approaching! This year, our theme is "Africa in the Classroom: Pedagogy, Community, Decolonization." On Friday, May 5th, activities and panels will take place in the William Pitt Union from 9:30am-6pm. On Saturday, May 6th, activities and panels will take place in Posvar Hall from 8:30am-2pm. Learn more, see the schedule, and register for free at the link below!

https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/africa/spring-conference-1

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