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Director’s Message
I am pleased to share exciting news from Africana Studies
at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis! Since
1981, the Africana Studies program has dedicated itself to
developing students who can think critically to solve real
world problems. Our exceptional faculty has produced
research and publications exploring the experiences of
African Americans and the African descended peoples
worldwide.
I am most grateful to recognize the service of Dr. Bessie
House-Soremekun, who has stepped down as director of
Africana Studies. Dr. House Soremekun has decided to
build on the momentum of a very successful sabbatical
this past fall, and with two book contracts and a recent
grant award in hand, she is turning her attention toward
several research endeavors. Among her accomplish-
ments as director was the Annual Madame C.J. Walker/
Frederick Douglass Public Lecture and an award from
the National Council of Black Studies. Thank you, Dr.
House-Soremekun!
This year, our focus is on bringing innovative and creative
research into the classroom as well as connecting our
faculty and students to the important work being done in
various communities throughout Indianapolis. Africana
Studies has recently developed a Spotlight Speaker Series
that promotes faculty research, program initiatives, and
community leaders. Included in our Speaker series are:
Joyce Moore, Michael Jordan, Juhanna Rogers, Dr. Joseph
Tucker Edmonds, and Dr. Ronda Henry Anthony.
Cassandra Williams
Interim Director of Africana Studies
Africana Studies
Newsletter 2015-16
Africana Studies scholarship award winners
Outstanding Africana Studies students received awards and recognition during
the School of Liberal Arts Celebration of Scholarship last spring. Amongst the win-
ners were Ian C. Harrell (Senior, Economics and Africana Studies) and Kimberley
Ho-A-Lim (Senior, Economics and Africana Studies), each recognized for their
academic excellence. We are grateful to the generous donors who make many of
our scholarships possible!
3rd Annual Symposium - The Life and
Times of Madam C.J. Walker
Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles presented the keynote
address during this year’s Madam C.J. Walker/Frederick
Douglass Annual Lecture sponsored by the Africana Studies
Program and the Frederick Douglass Papers in the IU School
of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The third annual lecture and work-
shop,“A Public Symposium: The Life and Times of Madam
C.J. Walker: A Life, a Legacy, and a Landmark,” took place
at the Jewel Center on Friday, November 6, 2015. The event
included performances and short talks that focused on
entrepreneurship, history, culture and community.
The new Journal of Africana
Entrepreneurship and Economic
Development (JAEED)
Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun and Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker are
cofounders of the Journal of Africana Entrepreneurship and
Economic Development (JAEED). JAEED will provide a global
intellectual platform for the publication and dissemination of
high-quality, peer-reviewed articles that focus primary atten-
tion on Africana entrepreneurship and business development
processes in African nations and the African Diaspora in
North America, as well as African-descended people in other
parts of the world.
Student spotlight - Raven Moody
This fall Africana Studies student, Raven Moody, was
awarded an internship on Channel 13 News. Raven is a senior
with a major in journalism and a minor in Africana Studies.
“Within journalism I choose to do TV broadcasting, it’s some-
thing I’m really good and really passionate about,” Moody
says. She also published a memoir-“Growing Beyond my
Yesterday,” coming soon to bookshelves-to share her journey
and different lessons learned throughout her life in hopes
of inspiring young people. Raven says,“My biggest thing is
helping others learn from my journey, my experiences, and
I want to see everyone succeed in life no matter what their
environmental factors were growing up.”
This year Africana Studies
Africana Studies concludes its movie Series on Africa, Race,
and Hip Hop culture. The first movie in our series included
“Beasts of No Nation,” next was “Dear White people,” and
then we concluded our series with “Straight Outta Compton.”
We’re trying to use current movies as a tool to get students
to think critically about pop culture, to bridge the gap, and
recruit students and young scholars from the local commu-
nity and elsewhere into the Africana Studies Program.
We also were able to bring jazz musicians, poets, and artists
to the Campus Center Atrium to help bring awareness to
African American culture. On March 9th, Africana Studies
brought IUPUI’s very own Rob Dixon and his trio to preform
for our students. Not only were students excited to hear
him play but they could also register to take classes with
him during the upcoming semester. We were lucky to have
a nationally recognized saxophonist perform for IUPUI’s stu-
dents, faculty and staff in the campus center. Professor Alicia
Flemming recited her poetry, while music played in the back-
ground. We also had professor David Williams who wrote the
book, Indianapolis Jazz: the Masters, Legends and Legacy of
Indiana Avenue and spoke about artifacts from the early 20th
century. Carl Hazelwood, Rodney Walker and Jerome Neal
displayed their artwork. At this event students created lasting
bonds with active members of the community.

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Newsletter

  • 1. Director’s Message I am pleased to share exciting news from Africana Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis! Since 1981, the Africana Studies program has dedicated itself to developing students who can think critically to solve real world problems. Our exceptional faculty has produced research and publications exploring the experiences of African Americans and the African descended peoples worldwide. I am most grateful to recognize the service of Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun, who has stepped down as director of Africana Studies. Dr. House Soremekun has decided to build on the momentum of a very successful sabbatical this past fall, and with two book contracts and a recent grant award in hand, she is turning her attention toward several research endeavors. Among her accomplish- ments as director was the Annual Madame C.J. Walker/ Frederick Douglass Public Lecture and an award from the National Council of Black Studies. Thank you, Dr. House-Soremekun! This year, our focus is on bringing innovative and creative research into the classroom as well as connecting our faculty and students to the important work being done in various communities throughout Indianapolis. Africana Studies has recently developed a Spotlight Speaker Series that promotes faculty research, program initiatives, and community leaders. Included in our Speaker series are: Joyce Moore, Michael Jordan, Juhanna Rogers, Dr. Joseph Tucker Edmonds, and Dr. Ronda Henry Anthony. Cassandra Williams Interim Director of Africana Studies Africana Studies Newsletter 2015-16
  • 2. Africana Studies scholarship award winners Outstanding Africana Studies students received awards and recognition during the School of Liberal Arts Celebration of Scholarship last spring. Amongst the win- ners were Ian C. Harrell (Senior, Economics and Africana Studies) and Kimberley Ho-A-Lim (Senior, Economics and Africana Studies), each recognized for their academic excellence. We are grateful to the generous donors who make many of our scholarships possible! 3rd Annual Symposium - The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles presented the keynote address during this year’s Madam C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Annual Lecture sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the Frederick Douglass Papers in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The third annual lecture and work- shop,“A Public Symposium: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker: A Life, a Legacy, and a Landmark,” took place at the Jewel Center on Friday, November 6, 2015. The event included performances and short talks that focused on entrepreneurship, history, culture and community.
  • 3. The new Journal of Africana Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (JAEED) Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun and Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker are cofounders of the Journal of Africana Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (JAEED). JAEED will provide a global intellectual platform for the publication and dissemination of high-quality, peer-reviewed articles that focus primary atten- tion on Africana entrepreneurship and business development processes in African nations and the African Diaspora in North America, as well as African-descended people in other parts of the world. Student spotlight - Raven Moody This fall Africana Studies student, Raven Moody, was awarded an internship on Channel 13 News. Raven is a senior with a major in journalism and a minor in Africana Studies. “Within journalism I choose to do TV broadcasting, it’s some- thing I’m really good and really passionate about,” Moody says. She also published a memoir-“Growing Beyond my Yesterday,” coming soon to bookshelves-to share her journey and different lessons learned throughout her life in hopes of inspiring young people. Raven says,“My biggest thing is helping others learn from my journey, my experiences, and I want to see everyone succeed in life no matter what their environmental factors were growing up.”
  • 4. This year Africana Studies Africana Studies concludes its movie Series on Africa, Race, and Hip Hop culture. The first movie in our series included “Beasts of No Nation,” next was “Dear White people,” and then we concluded our series with “Straight Outta Compton.” We’re trying to use current movies as a tool to get students to think critically about pop culture, to bridge the gap, and recruit students and young scholars from the local commu- nity and elsewhere into the Africana Studies Program. We also were able to bring jazz musicians, poets, and artists to the Campus Center Atrium to help bring awareness to African American culture. On March 9th, Africana Studies brought IUPUI’s very own Rob Dixon and his trio to preform for our students. Not only were students excited to hear him play but they could also register to take classes with him during the upcoming semester. We were lucky to have a nationally recognized saxophonist perform for IUPUI’s stu- dents, faculty and staff in the campus center. Professor Alicia Flemming recited her poetry, while music played in the back- ground. We also had professor David Williams who wrote the book, Indianapolis Jazz: the Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue and spoke about artifacts from the early 20th century. Carl Hazelwood, Rodney Walker and Jerome Neal displayed their artwork. At this event students created lasting bonds with active members of the community.