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The Center's History

The Center originated from initiatives in the Department of African & African-American Studies in the 1980's. Founded in 1992, the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) has served as the premier resource for African Studies in the Mid-America region for more than two decades. 

The Center has been a designated National Resource Center in African Studies with Title VI funding during two three-year cycles (1994-1997, 2000-2003) and two four-year cycles (2006-2010 and 2010-2014). KASC also awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, with the U.S. Department of Education most recently funding African Studies and language training in Amharic, Arabic, KiSwahili, Hausa, Somali and Wolof from 2014-18.

KU's Africanists have received numerous other grants from the Fulbright program, Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie, Wenner-Gren and Ford Foundations; American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Center for Atmospheric Research, American Philosophical Society, National Science Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, School for Advanced Research, and Kansas Humanities Council.

Center faculty have also received grants from the Department of State, including University Affiliation Programs with Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Senegal and the University of Zambia in Lusaka.


Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship


The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit www.migrationstories.ku.edu to learn more. 

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