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Missing a ChapterWhile we found your issue, “Harvard’s New Chapter in Black Studies” (see Black Issues, Oct. 9), to be informative, you failed to identify Michigan State University’s Ph.D. program in African American and African Studies (AAAS) on p.33 when listing African Studies programs. AAAS was established in February 2002 and welcomed its first class in August 2003. Darlene Clark Hine, John A. Hannah Professor of History; Geneva Smitherman, University Distinguished Professor of English; Professor Harriette P. McAdoo, department of family and child ecology; and Professor Bill E. Lawson, department of philosophy, comprise its executive committee.
AAAS is interdepartmental, cross-college and deeply diasporic. It is also closely affiliated with MSU Press’s new book series, Black American and Diasporic Studies, as well as the university’s Race in 21st Century America conference project. Our Ph.D. program in African American and African Studies is also affiliated with the Midwest Consortium for Black Studies (which includes faculty from MSU, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Michigan State University also offers a Ph.D. in Comparative Black History in its Department of History. Its director is Darlene Clark Hine.
Thanks for your continuing attention to Ph.D. programs in African American Studies. Sincerely, Curtis Stokes
Director, African American
and African Studies
Associate Professor,
James Madison College
Michigan State University

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