Josef Woldense has been able to construct a picture of the administration of 20th-century Ethiopian ruler Haile Selassie to provide a close analysis of ways autocrats keep their power. He has developed a game to help his students understand how precarious the role of an autocrat can be.
Elliott Powell, a professor in the American studies department, researches the historical intersection of sexuality, gender, and race in popular music. He looks at the role of sexuality in collaborations between South Asian and Black popular music from 1960 to the present.
The Morrill Hall Takeover happened 50 years ago. The event led to the creation of the Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota, and now the department is taking time to celebrate the anniversary through teach-ins and other events.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Mischa Penn passed at age 89. He taught for more than 50 years at the University and was the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Penn's home department was anthropology and worked on a committee that led to the creation of the Department of African American Studies.
The inaugural John S. Wright Luminaries Lecture Series in Africana Studies comes as the University community is exploring how to reckon with the institution's past after the Board of Regents declined to rename several campus buildings last spring.
Professor Rose Brewer from the Department of African-American & African Studies examines issues of race, class, and gender. According to Brewer, America is still engaged in “an ongoing struggle for what I would call real democracy.”
Professor Emeritus John Wright was a trailblazer for the creation of the University's Department of African American and African Studies. After his retirement, Wright will continue as a professor emeritus in the AAAS department.
Dr. John S. Wright is ready to hang up his teaching hat from the school where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. As a student, Wright was a key figure in a group that brought Martin Luther King to campus in 1967.
The Departments of African American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota have announced the retirement of Professor John S. Wright after 35 years of exemplary faculty service. His service to the U precedes and extends beyond his years as a professor. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Wright was instrumental in the 1969 Morrill Hall takeover by the Afro-American Action Committee.