Book Award for Faculty Affiliate Brendan Jamal Thornton

Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and IAAR Faculty Affiliate Brendan Jamal Thornton received the Barbara T. Christian Literary Award presented by the Caribbean Studies Association to the best book in the Humanities in 2017 category for his book Negotiating Respect: Pentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic (Gainesville: Florida… Read more »

Boley, Indian Territory : Freedom and the All-Black Town

IAAR’s second Visiting Scholar lecture in fall 2016 featured independent scholar, Dr. Melissa Stuckey, who is currently the historical consultant for the Coltrane Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation and economic development in Oklahoma’s surviving historic black towns.  Read More.

African Americans in Charlotte and North Carolina: A Brief Reading List

Given recent events in Charlotte, we have developed a short reading list of scholarly texts on Black experiences in the Charlotte metropolitan area and North Carolina more generally. In focusing on Charlotte, we pay special attention to the Black experiences historically and contemporarily in the areas of economic development, education and law enforcement. In focusing… Read more »

2016 University Diversity Awards

The Moore Undergraduate Research Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) director, Professor Rosa Perelmuter, was recently honored with the 2016 University Diversity Award. To read more about it, please see: Diversity Awards

2016 – 2017 IAAR Faculty Fellows Announced

The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) is pleased to announce that Andrea Benjamin and Chérie Rivers Ndaliko will receive the IAAR Faculty Fellowship for 2016-2017. Andrea Benjamin Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science While a Faculty Fellow with the IAAR, Professor Andrea Benjamin will complete data collection and data analysis for a project exploring how minority representation in… Read more »

IAAR Public Lecture given by Professor Keith Clark on the novelist Ann Petry

On April 6, 2016, Professor Keith Clark of George Mason University, delivered his lecture, Invisible Woman/Native Daughter: The Life and Fiction of Ann Petry. Dr. Clark, who received his Ph.D. in English from UNC-Chapel Hill (1993), returned to the Carolina campus to discuss his findings based on his published book, The Radical Fiction of Ann… Read more »

IAAR Faculty Fellow Lecture, They Can’t Breathe – A Lecture by Dr. Wizdom Powell

On February 16, 2016, Dr. Wizdom Powell spoke to the UNC community about the findings of her research which was supported by IAAR’s Faculty Fellowship Program. The lecture entitled, They Can’t Breathe: Why Neighborhoods Matter For Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outcomes Among Emerging Adult African American Men, was delivered to a packed audience at the Stone… Read more »

Public Voices, Public Discourse : Directing the Op-Ed Project Discussion

On February 12, 2016, Professors Daina Berry and Cherise Smith, co-directors of the University of Texas at Austin’s Op-Ed Project, New Voices in Thought Leadership, came to UNC’s campus to talk to professors and researchers interested in becoming thought leaders. The talk focused on the development, organization, and outcomes of the program.      … Read more »