Why choose Black and African Diaspora Studies at Dal?
In this minor program, you'll explore African-Canadian society and culture from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Through core courses and other materials, you will discover, analyze and celebrate the history, culture and sociology of Black people in Canada and of the global African diaspora.
Scholarly panel set to consider Lord Dalhousie's history on slavery and race.
When he laid out his vision for Dalhousie College in the early 19th century, George Ramsay, the ninth Earl Dalhousie, spoke to a college open to all, regardless of class or creed.
The application of such a vision in 1818 was much more limited than would be at all acceptable today, as it was primarily meant to apply to students from different Christian denominations. Women, in contrast, weren’t admitted to Dalhousie until 1881 — 15 years after the granting of the university’s first degrees — and it took until 1896 for the first known Black Nova Scotian graduate in Dal's history.
As the major gateway into British North America for travelers on the Underground Railroad, the U.S./Canadian border along the Detroit River was a boundary that determined whether thousands of enslaved people of African descent could reach a place of freedom and opportunity.
Dr. Cooper's mandate is to help advance the field of Black Canadian Studies, and to foster an understanding of the cultural diversity of black Canadians through teaching, research, publications, national networks and presentations
Dalhousie students interested in exploring the experiences of Black Canadians and the global African diaspora from a historical and contemporary perspective will soon have just the program they’re looking for.
While the minor will be a natural fit for students in disciplines such as History, Sociology and International Development Studies, it is also open to undergraduates in Science, Commerce, Management, Computer Science and Informatics.
"The Black presence in this country is not just something that happened after 1945 as many people think," says Dr. Cooper, who is the James R. Robinson Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dal. "I want learners to have a sense that this is a community with a long history here."
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