African American Studies

Congratulations Dr. Nadia Brown on your promotion to Associate Professor.

Congratulations Dr. Marlo David on your promotion to Associate Professor.

The Journal and Courier did an interview with Dr. Patton re: our 29th bi-annual symposium
"Black to the Future: Black Culture Through time and Space"
please click here to check out the interview.

Ferguson Teach in Part II
Ferguson Teach In part II see J&C comments on the event below.
Post-Ferguson teach-in draws 30 at Purdue 
The crowd at the Ferguson Teach In, sponsored by African American Studies and Diversity Resource Office

Crowd at Ferguson Teach IN

Idlewild: The rise and decline of an American resort town- Dr. Ronald Stephens

Alain Locke Buried
Alain Locke Buried - Leonard Harris attends

Hanna Kids
Hanna kids get hands on experience with Math and Science.

NCBS Engagement Grant: Summer Camp
Please see the link below for a story about the summer camp organized by Dr. Bynum and Tamecia Jones.  The project was funded by a CLA engagement grant, NCBS engagement grant, the office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion.

African American Studies News

African American Studies & Research Centers faculty in the news!

African American Studies at Purdue University mourns the passing of a great author, Dr. Maya Angelou.
see interview clip below with Dr. Venetria K. Patton

Dr. Venetria K. Patton promoted to Professor of English and African American Studies

Nadia E. Brown, assistant professor in political science and African American Studies at Purdue University is the author of "Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Marking" click here for more information.

Dr. Venetria K. Patton to speak at UNL, click link below

Think Magazine featured an article on African American Studies/Black Cultural Center's trip to Ghana see link below

Professor and Author Dr. Nadia E. Brown to Headline SJC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program’s-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day-program

African American Studies and Research Center congratulates Dr. Leonard Harris

Professor Leonard Harris will receive the 2014 Frantz Fanon Life-Time Achievement Award at the
June meeting of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  He will receive his award at a special
session devoted to the winners’ work.  His work was described as follows by Jane Anna Gordon, President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association: 
Philosophy Born of Struggle is the precursor to what the Caribbean Philosophical Association has
built on. It made the clear case that in addition to doing important work, it is important to build institutions that will nurture it. Professor Harris is a pioneer and consistent leader in that regard.”

Many of us in the organization also remember the important contributions you made at the Caribbean Philosophical Association conference in Guadeloupe in 2008 and the important work you have done with UNESCO for the building of a genuine African Diasporic philosophy. The committee also spoke of your work on insurrectionist ethics, your critical challenges to American philosophy, and the important mentoring of young scholars offered over the years. Africana philosophy (all fields), Caribbean thought, Latin American philosophy, and cross-racial work in feminist philosophy would not be what they are without the important foundations you set for their development.

Dr. Venetria K. Patton to speak at Lock Haven University The event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hamblin Hall of Flags on LHU campus, the event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Su’ad Khabeer in The New York Times: click link below

Dr. Su’ad Khabeer on AlJazeera’s show, The Stream: click link below

Dr. Venetria K. Patton in BuzzFeed: click link below

Dr. Su'ad Khabeer will join African American Studies with a joint appointment in Anthropology this fall.  Welcome aboard Dr. Khabeer.

Dr. Cornelius Bynum new book A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights was released December 2010.  Dr. Bynum is an Associate profession in the Department of History at Purdue University.


Last Friday, the AMST monthly newsletter.

In an effort to better highlight and celebrate the wonderful work by American Studies students, faculty, and alumni we are launching Last Friday, a monthly newsletter for our program.  
As the name suggests, the newsletter will go out on the last Friday of each month during the academic year, an apt moment to reflect on the events of the past month and signal the activities in upcoming weeks.

October 2016 Issue
September 2016 Issue
August 2016 Issue
April 2016 Issue
March 2016 Issue
February 2016 Issue
January 2016 Issue
December 2015 Issue
November 2015 Issue
October 2015 Issue
September 2015 Issue
August 2015 Issue
June 2015 Issue
May 2015 Issue 
April 2015 Issue
AMST April Newletter Annoucement

Past News

Yvonne Pitts received a Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award for 2013-2014 from the Office of the Provost, Purdue University.

Caroline Janney was named a University Faculty Scholar by the Office of the Provost, Purdue University.

Venetria Patton presented papers at the conferences of the College Language Association and the National Council for Black Studies. At the latter conference, she was honored with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Stephanie A. Allen (current Ph.D. candidate) participated in the Gender Matters: Continuities and Instabilities conference held this spring in Chicago and presented a portion of her dissertation work entitled “Black Lesbians, Contemporary American Culture, and the Politics of Representation.” Stephanie has also written two articles for the Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, due to be published this summer. She was also asked to be on the advisory board of the film A Persistent Desire: The Evolution of Butch Femme, directed and produced by Lenn Keller, which is currently in production. She is also a contributing writer and member of the Blackwood Research Group, where other Purdue graduate students and faculty write and discuss issues of race, gender, sexuality, and identity. This fall, Stephanie will present her paper “On Black Lesbian Femme Invisibility,” at the annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) meeting in November.


Nadia Arzberger Wins Outstanding Senior Award 

Nadia Arzberger, Senior in the Anthropology program at Purdue, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award for Asian American Studies minors! A top student in each of her ASAM courses, Nadia was also engaged in community activities aimed at applying and extending the work she did in the classroom. Arzberger and her sisters of Omega Phi Chi Muliticultural Sorority organized and ran an event last fall called "Her Many Faces," which brought together a panel of faculty and staff to discuss the experience of minority women on Purdue's campus and the larger community. We are proud to have Nadia as an Asian American Studies Minor, and congratulate her on her great work!

The Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) is now open! 

Founded in January 2015 as a result of the dedicated efforts from students, faculty and staff spanning back through Purdue's history, the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) joins the Black Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and LGBTQ Center as an integral component in fostering a diverse and inclusive campus. We are working to build an archive to better construct the AAARCC's history and ensure detailed records are kept as we move forward.

Comparative Literature

Alumna Catalina Florina Florescu has a new edited collection, Disjointed Perspectives on Motherhood, from Lexington Books, am Imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.  Click here for more information.


Welcome to the Film/Video Studies Program at Purdue University! Please check back often for news and information, and feel free to browse through the provided links for more about the program!

April 2016 Newsletter

Past Newsletters


Check back soon for upcoming events.


DEAR STUDENTS – Welcome back. This semester the Film and Video Studies Program has lined up a stellar series of events for you. Please do not opt to stay inside your dorm room when we have TROLL 2(October 8) and 12 O’CLOCK BOYS (October 22) in the house! Though I do not calculate happiness, I guarantee you that these events will seriously rock your world and bring looks of awe to your faces. You’ve probably heard how legendarily terrible TROLL 2 is.

Well now it’s time you live it. The film will be followed by a talk, Sublime Failure: The Lure of the Bad Film, by Jeffrey Sconce from Northwestern University. On October 22 Lotfy Nathan will be here to answer your questions following the screening of his award winning documentary 12 O’CLOCK BOYS at the Lafayette Theater. Also in this letter is a brief look into what some of you did this summer, alumni news, and details on how to get on board with two upcoming FVS events: FVS Scores, in which budding musicians get the opportunity to “score” 5-10 minutes from a recent movie (live on stage and in front of an audience) and the 15 Movie Fest, the first-ever film festival devoted to the surprisingly creative work of filmmakers aged 15 and younger.

We are currently canvasing the state trying to get middleschoolers to submit their work. Come join us: the more noteworthy this event will be, the greater will be the prestige of your FVS degree. Years from now people might be asking you “Hey, were you there when they held the 15 Movie Fest?” So email me ( Come work on your own future by helping the program become greater. And drop by my office anytime! Major thanks to Brandon Fulk for beginning and Kimberly Hunt for completing production on this newsletter. -Lance Duerfahrd Director of the Film and Video Studies Program

  • Congratulations to Mallory Gieringer, a senior in film and video studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, for winning the "Best Experimental Short" category at the Hollywood Short Film Festival

  • Troy McKay has been selected as the new Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Video Studies. He completed his PhD from Iowa State University in 2017. For the past four years Troy has been an Assistant Professor teaching film and video production at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA while completing his doctoral studies. Prior to Troy’s academic experience, he worked in freelance film production in Los Angeles, CA for the over 15 years. In his career, he has accumulated over 20,000 hours of “on set” time and has worked on projects for ABC, CBS, and NBC as well as other major studios.  Recently, he worked as the lead actor and producer of the film “Road to the Open”, which was released in February of 2014. He is a current member of the Screen Actor Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the University Film and Video Association, the Iowa Motion Picture Association and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Upcoming Events:

See the MARS Monday link for upcoming events.

The 2016 MARS Annual Symposium
Thursday, November 10, 4:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Guido Ruggiero, Cooper Fellow & Professor of History, University of Miami, “The Lord Who Rejected Love or Boccaccio’s Griselda (Decameron X.10) Reconsidered Yet Again”
MATH 175
Sponsored by:  The Program in Medieval & Renaissance Studies in cooperation with the Department of History, the School of Languages & Cultures, WGSS, LBGTQ Studies, & Comparative Literatures


Summer Newsletter 2015

Summer Newsletter 2014

Summer Newsletter 2013

Exciting Upcoming Religious Studies Events: Mark your calendars!

Summer 2016

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 26-27
The William L. Rowe Memorial Conference
Events will begin at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 26th, and end at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 27th. A banquet in honor and remembrance of Professor Rowe will be held on the 26th. To attend the conference, please register at $10 registration fee can be waived by using the coupon code "banquet." If you would like to attend the banquet, however, there is a $25 fee. 
Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

More to Come...

Fall 2016

Jim Davidson Lecture in the Sociology of Religion
Thursday, September 15, MRRT 148, 3:30pm
Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan, “Between Retreat and Revival: Religion, Secularism and the Politics of National Heritage”
Refreshments following
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology​ 

Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity
Documentary film screening and discussion
Thursday, September 22, West Lafayette Public Library, 6:00 p.m.
Refreshments Provided
This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Purdue’s Arabic Program/School of Languages and Cultures & A CLA INNOVATE 2.0 grant

9th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion
Monday, September 26 ~ Krannert Auditorium ~ 8:00 p.m.
Tzvi Novick, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, "God in the Lab: Technical Expertise and Rabbinic Authority"
Co-sponsored by the Purdue Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Programs​

Islamic Studies Lecture
Thursday, September 29, Anniversary Drawing Room, PMU, 4:00 p.m.
Loren D. Lybarger, Ohio University, “Secularism and the Religious Return Among Palestinians in Chicago:  An Ethnographic Reflection on the Politics of ‘Islam’ in the Current Moment”
Reception to follow
Sponsored by the Religious Studies Program, the Arabic Program in the School of Languages and Cultures, and made possible by the INNOVATE 2.0 Arabic Speakers Grant​

Public Lecture on Catholicism and the 2016 Election
Wednesday, October 26, Fowler Hall, 7:00pm
John Allen, "The Pope Francis Effect, the Catholic Church in America, and the Election"
Sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation; St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue; the Religious Studies Program at Purdue; the Lewis Family Foundation; and the Metanexus Institute.

"Does the Gaia Principle Re-mythologize the World?"
Thursday, November 17, RAWLS 1071, 7:00pm
Dr. Robert Segal,  Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Sponsored by the Religious Studies Program, the Metanexus Foundation, and the Aquinas Educational Foundation


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