ERIC Number: ED103503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct-16
Reference Count: N/A
The First Three Years of the Afro-American Studies Department, Harvard University.
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences established the Afro-American studies program as a department after reviewing a careful, reasoned analysis by a committee of Harvard professors who had worked for almost a year to develop the program. The Rosovsky Report and the faculty's action in creating a department of Afro-American Studies, represented honest forward thinking which reflected university-wide concern to improve the quality of education at Harvard. The faculty thus established a commitment to the experience of black people as a valid intellectual pursuit. The Afro-American Studies Department continues to attempt, in the spirit of the Rosovsky Report, to discover how scholarship may be appropriately used to devise solutions to the "problem of the twentieth century." In our minds, research and scholarship are not in disharmony with the utilization of such research. It is our conviction that we must set our priorities realistically. We find that this policy does not in any way compromise our standards of excellence. It is clear then that to honor its commitment to Afro-American studies, Harvard must now initiate a capital fund drive to create at least four additional chairs in Afro-American studies, guarantee the operation of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, and develop graduate degree programs in Afro-American studies. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Faculty of Arts and Sciences.