Professors of African studies, history, art, economics, international
development, religion, American studies, and other disciplines contribute to a rich program. Africana studies is dedicated to discovery and scholarly reflection on the diverse cultures, economic systems, and histories of Africa and African Diaspora communities. We have an inclusive approach that encourages a multicultural world view.


Student Projects

The McDonogh Legacy: students will be investigating the experiences of the first black students at Lafayette.

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Africana Studies Courses

Get a glimpse of the courses being offered for Africana studies.

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Africana studies offers experiences that enable you to investigate topics of your choice, including internships and study abroad programs.

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Lectures, meetings, and other special events are just part of what's happening in the Africana Studies Program.

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David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple Visiting Lecture Series

Riley Temple, the son of David L. Sr. and Helen J. Temple, wanted to re-create experiences for Lafayette students to enjoy up-close and personal time with great writers, or visual and performing artists in honor of his parents.

Read more about the Temple Visiting Lecture Series