May 20, 2015
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Purdue University:
Department of Sociology Department Head

The Department of Sociology seeks a Department Head to further develop the strengths of a dynamic department through effective management, leadership, and a shared vision of the Department's future.  The appointment will begin on July 1, 2016, for an initial period of five years and is renewable.  The Department Head is appointed by and reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Sociology and a distinguished record of research and publication suitable for an appointment as a full professor with tenure in Sociology and leadership/administrative ability.  Areas of specialty are open.  Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.  Purdue's Department of Sociology offers degrees at the BA, MS, and PhD levels, and its faculty have a range of research and teaching specializations (see

Purdue offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package. The university is located in an affordable greater metropolitan area of approximately 200,000, conveniently located between Indianapolis and Chicago.  Candidates should submit a letter of application outlining research interests, a vita, and a statement of approach to administration and departmental leadership to:

R. Douglas Hurt, Chair
Head Search Advisory Committee
Department of Sociology
Purdue University
700 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Electronic submissions in Word or .pdf files may be emailed to Names of references will be requested from finalists.  Review of applicants will begin on October 2, 2015, but applications received after this date will be accepted until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Call for Entries for the Black Power Encyclopedia

I am pleased to announce the following call for entries for the Black Power Encyclopedia (1965-1975) 
 a two-volume reference work that focuses on the emergence and evolution of the Black Power Movement in the United States during the years of 1965-1975. The work will be edited by myself, Akinyele Umoja and Karin Stanford.  

We are searching for contributors who can write biographies and cover major themes (Please see attached document for full list). We would appreciate your recommendations for historians who may be working in this area, and encourage you to send the call for contributors to your listserve.

Please direct any inquiries to

Columbia University Summer Institute

The Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) is now accepting applications for its 2015 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI). Convening for two weeks between Monday 13 and Friday July 24, this year's STSI is themed "The Many Worlds of Black New York" and will focus on the history, cultures, and institutions of African-descended peoples in New York City.


This Summer Institute offers what few others are able:

  • The opportunity to study African-American history, art, culture, politics, and life through the lens of New York, and in New York

  • Attend seminars facilitated by today's leading scholars in African-American Studies

  • Visit and tour historical landmarks and institutions around the city

  • Receive instruction in the latest research methods and,

  • Enjoy afternoon and evening cultural excursions throughout New York City.


This year's lecturers will include Ansley Erickson, Joshua Guild, Cheryl Hicks, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Brian Purnell, and Christina Greer. STSI seminars will explore various themes including:

  • The New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance

  • Educating Harlem: Activism for Equality in the Mid-20th Century

  • The Struggle for Civil Rights in Brooklyn

  • Race, Policing, Gender and Criminal Justice

  • Black Immigration since 1965

  • Health/Medical Rights

In addition to serving as a space for collaborative thinking and skills training, STSI will offer a unique opportunity to explore the tremendous richness and vast scope of African-American Studies.


Please click here to see the attached flyer or go to  for more information. Feel free to distribute widely.


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