News & Announcements Archive


Perspectives on the Unrest

Perspectives on the Unrest
CAS's Hollis Robbins, Lester Spence, and Kennedy McDaniel were interviewed for The Johns Hopkins University Arts and Sciences Magazine's cover story, "Perspectives on the Unrest."


New York Times Journalist Charles Blow Speaks at Second JHU Forums on Race in America

New York Times Journalist Charles Blow Speaks at Second JHU Forums on Race in America
Charles Blow, along with Political Science and Africana Studies professor Lester Spence, led a talk Wednesday at the second event in the JHU Forums on Race in America series. The first event featured Ta-Nehisi Coates, who spoke just days after unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. Blow discussed police brutality, […]


JHU Forums on Race in America

JHU Forums on Race in America
Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff, and the wider Baltimore community are engaged in important discussions about racial inequality and deep divisions that exist in our society. In classrooms, workplaces, and public spaces, they are expressing pain and frustration about the products of institutionalized racism: police brutality, mass incarceration, separate and unequal schools, and an […]


Johns Hopkins expert contributes to White House-led effort to reduce school absenteeism

Johns Hopkins expert contributes to White House-led effort to reduce school absenteeism
Robert Balfanz, a research professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, will provide research for Obama’s initiative, called Every Student, Every Day: A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism. The Johns Hopkins School of Education will be part of a public-private partnership to […]


Professor Katrina Bell McDonald Returns from China

Professor Katrina Bell McDonald Returns from China
Professor Katrina Bell McDonald has recently returned from a month-long visit to China. McDonald is an Associate professor of Sociology and an affiliate of CAS, and recently served as an International Professor for the OPNS International Summer Program in Beijing 2015. Read about her experiences below: For the second time, I spent the month of […]


Dr. Jim Ashton Awarded PhD in History

The Center for Africana Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Jim Ashton on his successful dissertation linking patriotism and nationalist ideologies to the culture and practice of music in 19th century America. He previously held a B.A. in History from Miami University (Ohio), an M.A.A. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (as well […]


“Baltimore: The Path Forward”

“Baltimore: The Path Forward”
Professor Lester Spence and D Watkins will take part in the Baltimore Book Festival this Saturday, September 26th, as part of a special panel, “Baltimore: The Path Forward” discussing the future of Baltimore’s diverse communities, and what it takes to unify this city.


D. Watkins on Baltimore and Racial Inequality in America

D. Watkins on Baltimore and Racial Inequality in America
MSE Symposium speaker series will be hosting Baltimore writer D. Watkins on October 7th at 7pm, regarding “Baltimore Uprising: The People’s Perspective.” D. Watkins recently released his first book, titled The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America. “Telling our stories and educating people are the best things we can do, if we hope to pull […]