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Africana and Latin American Studies (ALST) Program

Histoire de nègre
Laine Barrand, Nicole Jackson, Matthew Kavanagh, and Linh Le served on a panel and shared their experiences of performing the staged reading of Histoire de nègre.
Social Research in Africa
Madison Paulk ’16, a political science and African studies double major from Buffalo, N.Y., atop the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. READ MORE
ALST Faculty
Compelling instruction and field-leading research. Meet our ALST faculty.
Model African Union
Our Model African Union is a great way to pursue your academic ALST interests outside the classroom.  READ MORE
Kori Strother wins 1819 Award
Leader of campus reform earns 1819 Award, Colgate's highest honor.  READ MORE
Lecture Series
ALST brings a variety of challenging and inspiring speakers to campus. Learning is not confined to the classroom.  READ MORE
Paradox of the Slave Trade
John Thornton of Boston University lectured on "The Paradox of the Slave Trade: Africans and Europeans in the Export Trade." VIEW LECTURE
Africana and Latin American Studies (ALST) is an interdisciplinary program studying the histories and culture – both material and expressive – of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, as well as African Americans.

About ALST

You can pursue a major or minor in Africana and Latin American Studies with a concentration in one of the following four areas:
The geographical areas we study and the diverse peoples who inhabit them provide rich opportunities for interdisciplinary and comparative studies. That is why, in the course of your studies, you will be challenged to draw on information and research methods from disciplines as diverse as political science and music in order to develop a fuller picture of these communities.

We aim to promote an understanding both of the constituent regions individually and their mutual interdependence. Our studies include the examination of the indigenous civilizations of these regions and studies of the impact of migration, imperialism and colonialism, racism, nationalism, and globalization in shaping the lives, ideas, and cultural identities of their inhabitants.

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in Africana and Latin American Studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors! READ MORE

Off-Campus Study Opportunities

You'll find that Colgate and the ALST Program strive to provide a globally focused education in a world that is increasingly international in nature. There are off-campus study opportunities for students to study almost anywhere in the world, and ALST students may be particularly interested in the following program:

Program Contacts

Chair: Brian Moore (216 Alumni)
Administrative Assistant: Aaron Solle (221 Alumni)
Program Assistant: Anneliese Gretsch (218 Alumni)
Phone: 315-228-7806
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7098

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Histoire de Nègre

A total of 21 students from Prof. Ramakrishnan's FRE/ALST 226 and Christian DuComb's ENGL 351 participated in a staged reading of the Martinican play, Histoire de nègre on March 28, 2015. It recounts the history of slavery in Martinique as it relates to the American civil rights movement. This staged reading at Colgate was the first performance of this historically important play in English.

Subsequently, on May 29, 2015, four students from the FRE/ALST 226 class served on a panel at the Caribbean Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss and share their experiences of performing the staged reading of Histoire de nègre.
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