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Kansas African Studies Center

The Kansas African Studies Center is a comprehensive National Resource Center funded by Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education Act for the study of Africa. It coordinates and develops the interdisciplinary interests of Africanists at KU and promotes the study and understanding of Africa in the university, the state, and the region. It sponsors research, enhances curriculum, organizes conferences, promotes special projects, acquires library and related resources, conducts outreach programs, and seeks grants and special funding to make these activities possible.

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Langston Hughes Center

The Langston Hughes Center (formerly the Langston Hughes Resource Center, founded in 1998) is an academic research and educational center that builds upon the legacy and creative and intellectual insight of African American author, poet, playwright, folklorist, and social critic, Langston Hughes. The center coordinates, strengthens, and develops teaching, research, and outreach activities in African American studies, and the study of race and culture in American society at the University of Kansas and throughout the region. The center is a hub of critical examination of black culture, history, literature, politics, and social relations. In addition, like Hughes himself, the center has a Diasporic focus, promoting research and discussions on Africans in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa. Toward these ends, the Langston Hughes Center, regularly sponsors conferences, lectures, seminars, and forums on a variety of topics; coordinating activities with, among other groups, the Kansas African Studies Center and the Center of Latin American Studies at KU.

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