Princeton’s Center for African American Studies has become a national model for teaching and research on race, with a faculty that includes some of Princeton’s most celebrated scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The center’s public lectures, symposia, conferences, film series, civic initiatives, and artistic performances inspire public dialogues about aspects of race that touch every domain of American life. Its wide-ranging and interdisciplinary focus affirms Princeton’s commitment to make the study of race an integral part of its liberal arts education.
The center has been able to expand upon its initiatives through the generosity of Princeton alumni, parents, and friends. Endowments have been established to support faculty and student research, foster discourse on the issue of race and American culture, provide fellowships to graduate students, and encourage excellence in teaching. Other gifts have enabled the center to sponsor conferences, host distinguished visitors, and provide Princeton students with exceptional opportunities for intellectual growth.