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Chadwick Boseman, actor, in the new movie Black Panther. Credit: Marvel Studios.

Television & Film ·

Wading into Wakanda: AU Profs Discuss Black Panther

In advance of the movie’s release, two AU professors ponder its cultural impact.
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On February 1, 1960, four African American students sat down at a lunch counter in North Carolina.

In the Community ·

SPA Celebrates Black History Month

During the month of February, SPA will share Black History Month quotes, stories, and the history of important African American figures in U.S. history. You can follow along on all our social media platforms.
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Women in white dresses with red sashes stand in an elegant ballroom with their partners.

Social Sciences ·

Fourth Annual Tatiana Ball at the Embassy of the Russian Federation

AU’s Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History Provides Tickets for Students to Attend Mid-Winter Gala.
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Christine Miyashiro (right) and fellow AU student Maia Banayan at the 2018 Women’s March, standing in front of crowd.

Government & Politics ·

CAS Students Reflect on 2018 Women’s March

On January 20, 2018, people across the globe gathered to stand up to injustice and raise their voices together at the second annual Women’s March. We asked College of Arts and Sciences participants one simple question: Why did you march?
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Portrait of alumnus Lonnie Bunch against blue background.

Alumni ·

Alum Lonnie Bunch Receives Ambassador of Arts Award

College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Lonnie Bunch (BA history ’74 and MA history ’76) has been honored with the 2018 Ambassador of the Arts Award from Washington Performing Arts.
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Two Alums, Lex Loro and Emmett Patterson, sitting in front of a window.

Alumni ·

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Two Alums Promote Sex Education for LGBTQ Youth

Emmett Patterson and Lex Loro continued their innovative work post-graduation.
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Karan Madhok

Literature ·

Hoopistani Dreams

Indian sports writer Karan Madhok becomes a novelist in AU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.
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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Achievements ·

Racism in America

AU Professor Ibram X. Kendi gives an interview on his National Book Award-winning book, Stamped from the Beginning.
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What Was Machiavelli's Opinion of Greek Greats?

Research ·

What Was Machiavelli's Opinion of Greek Greats?

Christopher Lynch, professor of political science at Carthage College in Wisconsin, was the guest speaker at a SPA Political Theory Colloquium, in which he attempted to unpack what Machiavelli thought of ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle.
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Downtown Havana, Cuba. Buildings with yellow, pink, and blue pastel covers.

Research ·

Cuba Libre: New Book Recommends Foreign Policy with Empathy

SIS Professor Philip Brenner explores Cuban history and identity.
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