Department of Pan African Studies
Welcome to Kent State University's Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS). The Department is located in Oscar Ritchie Hall (ORH), an academic building named in honor of the first African-American Professor employed in the state of Ohio's system of Higher Education.
The Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) has a dual mission. Its academic mission is to offer a comprehensive, holistic, academic experience grounded in the knowledge base, cultural norms, traditions, and histories of diverse groups of people of African descent, whether on the African continent or within the African Diaspora.
The DPAS curriculum reflects our pedagogic approach that is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. DPAS offers a major with a choice of three concentrations, and two minors: one in Pan-African Studies and the other in African Studies. Both draw from perspectives and sources in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Also, the Department of Pan-African Studies provides support to the Kent Core Courses, particularly our survey courses, Black Experience I and Black Experience II, which are offered both in classroom settings and on line.
The second part of the DPAS mission is to educate and inform the Kent State University and larger community about African and African derived cultural expressions, and in so doing, strengthening student and departmental ties with the larger community.
News & Announcements
From Fashion to Spirituals: A Closer Look at the Life of Nineteenth Century African Americans Ritchie Hall, on Kent State Universityâ€™s Kent Campus, will be â€œthe place to beâ€ for drama, fashion, history and music on the evening of Nov. 21.
- Posted Nov. 15, 2013
Kent State Universityâ€™s African Community Theatreâ€™s Fall Production to Premiere Nov. 21
- Posted Nov. 11, 2013
Kent State University African Community Theatre's Fall Production to Premiere Nov. 21 Kent State Universityâ€™s African Community Theatre (ACT) will premiere its production of â€œNo Niggers, No Jews, No Dogsâ€ written by John Henry Redwood and directed by Terrence Spivey on Nov. 21 in Ritchie Hall on the Kent campus.
- Posted Nov. 6, 2013
Senegalese Scholar to Speak at Kent State University on October 24 and 25 Alphonse Raphaël Ndiaye, Ph.D., a visiting scholar of Boston University from Senegal, will speak about â€œKinship Joking Relationships as Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in West Africaâ€ at Kent State University on October 24 at 7 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Room 214, following a reception at 5:15 p.m. on the first floor of Ritchie Hall.
- Posted Oct. 18, 2013
Artistic Director of Historic Karamu House Named Director-in-Residence at Kent Stateâ€™s African Community Theatre With plans for two entertaining and inspirational performances this academic year, the Kent State University African Community Theatre (ACT) recently welcomed its Director-in-Residence Terrence Spivey, artistic director of the Karamu House, a historic performing arts center in Cleveland.
- Posted Oct. 14, 2013