Universities, Centers, Libraries and Film Programs


The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina and African Studies Center (Title VI National Resource Center)

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established on July 1, 1988. Initially known as the Black Cultural Center, it was renamed for beloved faculty member Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone after her untimely passing in 1991. Upon its inception, The Stone Center focused its attention on raising awareness of and appreciation for African-American culture by the campus community. Today, the Center is one of the preeminent sites in the nation for the critical examination of African and African-American diaspora cultures, providing intellectual and cultural programming that is both timely and informative.

Cultural programs include:

The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film

A twice a year (fall and spring) series that features primarily independent film from all corners of the African diaspora and beyond with commentary by the directors of the films and scholars.

The Hekima Film Discussions

An informal gathering of students, faculty and community residents who come together to view and discuss black and independent films from across the African diaspora.

The staff and programs of the African Studies Center work to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus hub for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa, including the sponsorship of a wide variety of activities that bring together interested faculty and students from a large number of academic disciplines, focusing on the interconnected issues of democratization, development, health, and gender.




The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University – Bloomington/ African Studies Program (National Resource Center)

The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A’s primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions.

The African Studies Program marked its 50th anniversary in fall 2011.  Its official development began in 1961 with a five-year development grant from the Ford Foundation under the directorship of political scientist and Liberia scholar J. Gus Liebenow.  The Program grew quickly and gained recognition as a Title VI National Resource Center in 1965, a status it has been able to maintain over the years.  Partnerships and cooperation with African institutions and colleagues have been integral to the Program’s activities since its inception.




Duke University African and African American Studies/Duke University Institutes

Consistent with its title, the Department of African and African American Studies is Duke’s headquarters for interdisciplinary research and teaching about Africa and its various diasporas in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  Here, anthropologists, literary critics, political scientists, philosophers, sociologists, historians, and art historians work together with scholars of music, cultural studies, film, performance, popular culture, gender, sexuality, race, public policy, and the law to reveal the multifarious experiences and perspectives of those of African descent as well as to theorize and historicize racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and other markers of difference. In conjunction with this work, we interrogate and rethink the disciplinary methods that conventionally have rendered these experiences and markings invisible.



Left of Black

Left of Black is a weekly webcast hosted by Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal and produced by the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.



John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

Founded in 1999, the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) is built on a fundamentally collaborative model fitting Duke’s emphasis on facilitating interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Through an array of innovative programs, we seek to encourage the conversations, partnerships, and collaborations that are continually stimulating creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, and teaching at Duke.

The core commitment of the Humanities Labs is to engage undergraduates in advanced research alongside faculty and graduate student mentors and collaborators. Current and past labs include the Global Brazil Lab and the Haiti Lab.



Center for African Studies at University of California – Berkeley/ Stanford University Center for African Studies (National Resource Center)

Berkeley’s Center for African Studies was established in 1979 as an interdisciplinary research center to support basic research and training of scholars. The Center supports scholarly activities over a broad range of topics that address contemporary African issues and works closely with several teaching units including The Department of African American Studies and the International and Area Studies Teaching Program. Through language study, fellowships, seminars, and curriculum development, the Center provides opportunities for students majoring in traditionally defined fields to develop a comprehensive interdisciplinary program in African Studies.

For nearly a quarter century, the Joint Berkeley-Stanford Center for African Studies has been the core institution for Africa-related activities not only on our respective campuses but also for the entire Northwest Pacific region. The combined resources of Berkeley and Stanford in the Joint Center have generated an environment that attracts scholars and students from around the globe. Berkeley and Stanford have both made significant investments in African Studies over the past several years. Faculty with strong Africanist interests have been appointed at Berkeley in African American Studies, Demography, Economics, Italian Studies and Political Science; at Stanford, in Anthropology, Africa Art and Political Science. As part of an initiative to support international and area studies, a search for an Africanist in the Humanities will be undertaken in 2003-4. JCAS research focus has also embraced North Africa more closely working with scholars at both campuses to bridge what has been a questionable and artificial divide. Overall, JCAS scholars and students bring strong disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences, and biosciences to bridge boundaries and forge new approaches to current issues with a concern for both scholarship and practical outcomes. With 2 other NRCs at Stanford and 7 others at Berkeley, cross-regional dialogue is constant in our work.



BAM/PFA Film and Video Collection

The Pacific Film Archive was conceived as an American version of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris—a center committed not only to exhibiting films under the best possible conditions, but also to increasing the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of cinema. The BAM/PFA collection serves as an educational resource for the UC Berkeley community as well as for scholars, teachers, film critics, filmmakers, and programmers from around the world. At the same time, our curators draw upon the collection for the film and video exhibition program.



University of Michigan African Studies Center (NRC)

The University of Michigan African Studies Center, established in July 2008 within the International Institute, serves as a conduit through which the many Africa initiatives across the university, from the humanities, sciences and social sciences, to Medicine and Engineering to may be furthered to the mutual benefit of the university and its African partners.




Harvard University Center for African Studies (NRC)

Center for African Studies (CAS) is the umbrella organization for all things Africa-related at Harvard University.  In 2010, CAS became a National Resource Center for African Studies through the United States Department of Education.

The Center serves as an intellectual hub, connecting students, faculty, and members of the wider Africanist community with shared interests through seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the academic year. CAS also funds research and travel in Africa through our grants and internships programs.



New York University Institute of African American Affairs

The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) at New York University was founded in 1969 to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond. IAAA is committed to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies. The institute is currently under the direction of writer, filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar and art historian Manthia Diawara.



University of Florida Center for African Studies (National Resource Center)

The Center for African Studies is in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida. As a National Resource Center for African Studies, our mission is to promote excellence in teaching and research on Africa in all the disciplines at the University of Florida. The Center also disseminates knowledge about Africa to the wider community through an integrated outreach program to schools, colleges, community groups, and businesses. Central to this mission is sustaining contacts and expanding interactive linkages with individuals and institutions on the African continent. In addition to undergraduate education, the Center promotes and supports graduate studies as essential for the development of a continuing community of Africanist scholars.



African Studies Center at Boston University (National Resource Center) and African Studies Library

The ASC is federally funded under Title VI as a National Resource Center to promote language and area studies in Africa. The ASC is currently the only Title VI center at BU and one of only two Title VI Africa centers in New England. Through our Title VI funding, we are able to provide Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to some graduate and undergraduate students studying African languages.

Founded in 1953, the African Studies Center has provided a strong foundation in African studies to generations of university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and numerous others.

The African Studies Library has been collecting Africa research materials for half a century as a department of Mugar Memorial Library. The ASL supports research at the university but also serves as an important resource for the local and national African studies community. In is the most widely used Africa collection in the Northeast. The collection of $155,000 volumes, serials, and documents is interdisciplinary with major strengths in the social sciences and broad representation in the humanities, language, and the natural sciences. In its reading room, study carrels, and stacks it occupies the entire 6th floor of Mugar Memorial Library. Its full-time staff of two librarians, a bibliographer and student support provide reference and research service as well as access to current periodicals, African newspapers, map government documents, and books in African studies. Additional materials are located in the libraries of the schools of Education, Law, Theology, Medicine, and Science.



UCLA African Studies Center and African Studies Library (National Resource Center)

UCLA’s African Studies Center is one of the US’s oldest and most distinguished research, teaching, and outreach centers. We continue to build on our existing excellence in research by faculty whose focus runs the gamut from North Africa and the Sahara to Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congo, Kenya, and the South Western Indian Ocean. The journal African Arts and the Marcus Garvey Papers are two signature projects that have given our Center enormous visibility over the years. Since its founding, UCLA’s African Studies Center has played a role in making a difference in Africa, from leading the educational reform in the post-colonial phase to leadership of the 1980s anti-Apartheid movement, and today is fully engaged in Africa, from health sciences to the arts to the environment.

The UCLA Library is ranked in the top ten North American research libraries by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member survey. In addition to its holdings of over ten million physical volumes and thousands of electronic journals and databases, the library provides access to resources beyond its local collections through participation in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and other consortial resource sharing programs, at the regional, national and international levels.




Ohio University African Studies (National Resource Center)

The African Studies Program at Ohio University provides students, scholars, and members of the broader community opportunities to develop their understanding of this important world region.

As an inter-disciplinary program, the African Studies Program strives to provide students with a strong grounding in the traditional African Studies core disciplines (including political science, anthropology, history, geography, literature) while giving them the opportunity to form their course of study around their professional and academic goals. Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case-study of the process of social change in the developing world.



University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Center for African Studies/ Northwestern University African Studies (Title VI National Resource Center) and Herskovits Library of Africana Studies at Northwestern University

The Center for African Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)-granting institution in partnership with the Program of African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern University. Established in 1970, the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois is one of the leading African studies programs in the United States. The Center is committed to providing comprehensive and excellent educational opportunities. Its activities and programs are a testimony to the strength and vibrancy of African studies on this campus.

The renowned Africana Library was founded at Northwestern University in 1954. Later named after its visionary, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies is a distinguished collection of Africana that has become an integral part of the legacy of Africa and the African diaspora.

Serving PAS and Northwestern faculty, students, and more than a thousand U.S. and international scholars each year, the Herskovits Library of African Studies is the largest separate collection of Africana in existence.




Undergraduate National Resource Center in African Studies by the University Of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges (Title VI NRC)

The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania is part of a four-school consortium that includes the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. As part of this consortial arrangement, the African Studies Center receives funding from the United States Department of Education as a National Resource Center for teaching African area studies and languages at the undergraduate level.

The consortium promotes interdisciplinary instruction and research in African languages and area studies, and it is involved in vibrant exchange relationships with African institutions of higher learning across the continent. The four institutions have faculty members from a vast array of disciplines who teach, conduct research, and publish on Africa, and whose combined scholarly interests represent the entire African continent. An annual fall African Studies workshop draws scholars from throughout the northeast to Penn for a day-long presentation of papers focusing on recent developments in Africanist scholarship, issues, and debates. Throughout the academic year speakers are invited from a wide spectrum of disciplines, academic and civic institutions, and all parts of the world.






University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program (NRC)

Since its founding in 1849, the University of Wisconsin has been at the forefront of publicly supported higher education, research, and outreach in the United States. The Wisconsin Idea of melding high-quality research and teaching with public service to the state and nation has guided the university for 150 years. Working in this tradition, the African Studies Program led the nation in carving out a prominent place for Africa in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of American universities.



Kansas University African Studies Center (NRC)

The Kansas African Studies Center coordinates and develops the interdisciplinary interests of Africanists across the University of Kansas, and promotes the understanding and study of Africa in the university, the state, and the wider region. The Center’s mission includes the enhancement of curriculum, the sponsorship of research, the organization of conferences, the promotion of special projects, the acquisition of library and related resources, and the implementation of outreach programs. KASC actively pursues funding opportunities to make these activities possible and assist the university in their realization.



Yale University Council on African Studies (NRC)

As part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Council on African Studies (CAS) supports and coordinates the study of Africa within Yale University. Designated by the United States Department of Education as a Comprehensive National Resource Center for the study of Africa, CAS promotes education and scholarly exchange about Africa through its curricula and educational activities open to the general public. Since 1985, CAS has coordinated an Outreach Program aimed at expanding and enhancing knowledge of Africa in educational institutions, the media, business, and government local schools, colleges, and civic groups in Connecticut and throughout New England. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, African studies at Yale builds on a legacy dating back to the study of African languages in the late 18th century. Prior to World War II, Yale became one of the first universities to incorporate African studies into its mainstream curriculum, which led to the formal establishment of the Council on African Studies in the post-war years. The Council has continued its legacy of leadership in African studies into the 21st century through its distinguished scholarship, innovative degree programs and projects, and one of the world’s leading Africana library collections.



University of Minnesota African American and African Studies (NRC)

The Department of African American & African Studies plays an important role in the University’s rich liberal arts tradition. The department’s beginnings in the Morrill Hall takeover of 1969 by students demanding change demonstrate that the academy—and society—often move forward by challenging traditional boundaries and practices.

Today, the department offers students opportunities to explore American cultural diversity and the wide diversity of the African continent. An undergraduate major in African American & African Studies provides students with a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the cultural and historical experiences of African American & African peoples from a multidisciplinary perspective including history, political science, sociology, psychology, literature, music, and art. Courses and faculty are drawn from the department as well as from other units of the University.



Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. The Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building, and the Landmark Building. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.



The Africa Centre

The Africa Centre exists to promote Africa’s cultural diversity outside of the continent. We serve as a hub to promote creativity and innovation in African art, culture, business and entrepreneurship in London. Throughout our rich, 50-year history, the Africa Centre has inspired, enlightened, challenged and encouraged.

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom
+44 20 7836 1973




Film Programs

Focus Features’ Africa First Program

Focus Features and Focus Features International (FFI) together comprise a singular global company, dedicated to producing, acquiring, financing, selling, and distributing original and daring films from emerging and established filmmakers, films that challenge mainstream moviegoers to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world. The company’s flexible and nuanced approach to distribution allows it to support a wide range of films, from those geared to a single local market to worldwide hits. The company operates as Focus Features domestically, and as Focus Features International overseas.



Sundance Diversity Initiative

Sundance Institute has defined diversity as one of the core values driving the Institute’s work. The Diversity Initiative at Sundance encompasses our efforts in all programs of the organization to reach into new communities of storytellers and audiences across regions, genres, ethnicities, gender and orientation.