Category: News and Updates

African American Children, Academic Achievement & Parental Involvement

                  Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Buffett Early Child Institute at the University Nebraska discusses the role of parental participation in the academic success of African American children in her talk “Pathway to Excellence for Black Children?: Critical Examination of Family… Read more »

Structures of Ferguson: Race, History, and Mobilization

The recent killing of the young African American male, Mike Brown, and related events in Ferguson, Missouri were at the center of a September 8th panel discussion co-hosted by the IAAR and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies. Charged with examining underlying factors that gave rise to the situation in Ferguson, an interdisciplinary panel… Read more »

IAAR Faculty Fellows Announced

The Institute of African American Research is pleased to announce the two recipients of the first–ever IAAR Faculty Fellowship: Enrique Neblett and Alvaro Reyes. Both are UNC faculty members. They will be fellows with the IAAR for the academic year 2014-2015, during which time they will work on developing or completing their individual research projects…. Read more »

IAAR Holds Opening Event

On August 29th, close to 70 people gathered in UNC’s Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly room for the IAAR’s symposium, Voting Rights, Racial Justice, and Moral Mondays: Examining Civil Rights in the 21st Century, to launch the Institute for the new academic year and under its new director, Professor Karla Slocum.

Andrews, Crayton and Unah Speak at IAAR Opening Event

The IAAR is pleased to have three UNC faculty speak at its opening event, Voting Rights, Racial Justice and Moral Mondays: Examining Civil Rights in the 21st Century. Professors Kareem Crayton, Isaac Unah, and Kenneth (Andy) Andrews will examine recent national rulings and state legislative changes in the context of civil rights concerns past and… Read more »

The IAAR has a new director

Karla Slocum, an associate professor of anthropology at Carolina, has been appointed director of the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), effective July 1. Slocum’s research focuses on globalization, place, rural life ways, and race and history as they relate to groups within the African Diaspora. “Her strong record of scholarship, long-standing relationship with the… Read more »