Genevieve Beenen

The department of African American Studies (AAS) entered the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in 1979. Prior to this, it existed as a program for eight years, where it had no affiliation with CAS or any other college or university within Syracuse University (SU). It was academically isolated, under-resourced, and its prospects of surviving the 1970s were slim. According to Professor and current Department Chair, Renate Simson, when AAS was a program, “the students who took our courses could not fulfill any kinds of requirements by taking those courses. TheyRead More