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Extensive collections of African art and cultural materials are housed in the Spencer Museum of Art on campus, including a number of notable ethnographic artifacts. Recent contemporary acquisitions include works by Mary Sibande, Pieter Hugo, and Yelimane Fall. In a significant move, the diverse African collection at KU is integrated into exhibition strategies in which artworks from multiple world regions and time periods are displayed in innovative ways.  The museum’s collections, exhibitions, facilities, and projects are integrated into the interdisciplinary experience of African Studies at KU.

At the Natural History Museum there are significant specimen collections from Africa.

Professor Yacine Daddi Addoun gives a lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

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 to learn more. 

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