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Stuart Hall Fellowship

The Stuart Hall Fellowship brings scholars who help to mark and extend the legacy of Stuart Hall as a major intellectual of black cultural studies. The fellowship supports those who work on postcolonial and diasporic modernity; race, ethnicity and visual cultures; and the future of radical thought on the Left.

McMillan-Stewart Lectures

The McMillan-Stewart Lectures were established in 1996 to honor Geneviève McMillan of Cambridge and her colleague, Reba Stewart, who died tragically while working as a painter in Africa. Ms. McMillan endowed this lecture series in order to advance knowledge in the field of African Studies.

  • 2012: Frederick Cooper, Africa in the World
  • 2011: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zimbabwe: Successes and Failures in Conflict Resolution
  • 2010: Photography & Diaspora: A Critical Discourse on Africa, Visual Culture...
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Alain LeRoy Locke Lectures

The Alain LeRoy Locke Lectures are named after the godfather of the Harlem Renaissance, who, in 1918, became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard. These lectures honor the memory and contributions of this noted Harvard scholar who became the first and, until 1963, the only African American to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. This series brings a distinguished person to Harvard to deliver lectures on a topic related to the field of African American culture and history. Previous speakers have included David Adjaye, Hilton Als, Dwight Andrews, Holland Cotter...

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Nathan I. Huggins Lectures

The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures were established by friends and colleagues of Nathan I. Huggins, the distinguished historian and first holder of the W. E. B. Du Bois Professorship at Harvard University. Professor Huggins served as Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies and as Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute from 1980 until his untimely death in 1989. This series brings to Harvard a distinguished scholar to deliver a series of lectures focusing on topics related to African American history and the history of African descendants in the Americas. Previous speakers have...

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George and Joyce Wein Lectures on African and African American Music

The George and Joyce Wein Lectures on African and African American Music bring an artist or scholar to Harvard to speak on issues pertaining to African, African American, and African Diasporic music. Established by George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, in honor of his late wife, Joyce, and co-sponsored with the Department of African and African American Studies, the series features lectures, master classes, and performances. Previous speakers include Robin D. G. Kelley, George E. Lewis, Ingrid Monson, Gary B. Nash, and Randy Weston.

  • 2016: Robin D. G....
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W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures

The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures were established in 1981 with funding from the Ford Foundation. These lectures recognize persons of outstanding achievement who have contributed to the understanding of African and African American life, history, and culture. Previous speakers have included Danielle Allen, K. Anthony Appiah, Homi K. Bhabha, Hazel Carby, Stephen L. Carter, Stuart Hall, Michael Hanchard, Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Glenn C. Loury, Julianne Malveaux, Manning Marable, John McWhorter, Sidney Mintz, Brent Staples, and Cornel West.


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Richard D. Cohen Lectures on African and African American Art

The Richard D. Cohen Lectures take up key issues in African and African American art, bringing to Harvard University thinkers and practitioners who focus on the vital ways in which art has shaped the rich landscape of African diasporic history, society, and thought across an array of artists, genres, periods, and critical issues. The series represents a unique opportunity to rethink vital questions of the past and to shape the related fields of scholarship anew. The series features scholars who address the vast expanse of African diasporic art communities through the study of...

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W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship

This fellowship is intended to bring emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and artists to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

Advancing Equity Through Research Fellowship

(formerly the Research on Women and Girls of Color Fellowship)
This fellowship is part of the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research. Founded by Melissa Harris-Perry, the Collaborative is a voluntary affiliation of institutions in the United States committed duly to taking meaningful action to support and improve research addressing the lives of women and girls of color, and to expanding research opportunities for women of color.