News Archive

Finding a Major That Fits

July 14, 2015
Drexel University Emerging Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences

When it comes to choosing the path to your career, Lloyd Ackert firmly believes in exploration. As a young man, he headed to the University of Minnesota with the intention of studying English. That changed....

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#BlackLivesMatter Panel Explores Black Community and Police Violence

February 24, 2015
#BlackLivesMatter - Panelist Lallen Johnson

While presenting his research at the #BlackLivesMatter panel discussion on race and police violence Friday night, Drexel Professor André Carrington, PhD, posed a series of rhetorical, sobering questions....

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#BlackLivesMatter Panel Discussion at Drexel during Black History Month

February 19, 2015
Protestors carrying placards at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New York City in Nov. 2014.

During Black History Month, a roundtable discussion will be held at Drexel University on Friday, Feb. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. to examine police violence against African Americans, the criminal justice system and community res...

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New Student Group, Certificate Program Both Tackle Issue of Human Trafficking

June 10, 2014
Students Advocating Against Slavery

In Guatemala the summer after her freshman year at Drexel, Kaelee Shepherd sat in the passenger seat of a car as it stopped at a red light. A young girl, maybe 7 or 8, walked up to her window....

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Modern-Day Slavery Expert and Author E. Benjamin Skinner to Speak at Drexel

May 15, 2014
E. Benjamin Skinner

There are more slaves in the world today than at any time in history, according to human trafficking expert and author E. Benjamin Skinner in his book "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery."...

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Work Study Jobs Available

April 03, 2014
Job Opportunities

Did your spring break vacay leave you strapped for cash? Apply to one of these student jobs to replenish your funds!...

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Students Spend Winter Break in Ghana, Giving Medical Care, Learning a Language and Dancing

February 04, 2014
Jenn Everett was among the Drexel students to make a Global Medical Brigades trip to Ghana over winter break.

The 15 Drexel students who volunteered at a public health clinic in Ghana over winter break were put to work almost as soon as they arrived in the village of Adansemaim—but not in any way they had anticipated....

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New Book on Racial Identity by Yaba Blay, PhD, to be Released on Black Friday with Launch Party at the Painted Bride

November 05, 2013
(1)ne Drop Cover

On Black Friday, Nov. 29, a new book on racial identity by Drexel University’s Yaba Blay, PhD, one of today’s leading voices on colorism and global skin color politics, will be released from Blay’s recently launched inde...

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Authors Toni Morrison and Rita Dove to Join Philadelphia's Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez at Drexel

October 15, 2013
Toni Morrison

Sonia Sanchez will celebrate the end of her term as Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate with an inspirational night of personal stories, readings and live music at an event entitled “Conversation and Song: Walking t...

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A 7-Year-Old’s Dreadlocks Inspire Project Affirming Natural Black Beauty

September 17, 2013
Yaba Blay

Seven-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from school on her first day…because of her hair. The elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, deemed the dreadlocks she wore under her big, pink bow to be “faddish,” and, thus, “u...

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Drexel Provides Tool Kit to Build Peace

September 12, 2013
Hand making peace sign

The International Day of Peace is quickly approaching, and Drexel is planning its first teach-in for peacebuilding as a prelude to the big day on Sept. 21. Thanks to a grant from the United States Institute of Peace (USI...

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New Book by Dr. Yaba Blay Explores Racial Identity and Skin Color Politics

August 01, 2013
1ne Drop

What does it mean to be Black? Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? What determines who is Black and who is not? A new book by Dr. Yaba Blay, an assistant professor and co-director of the Africana Studies p...

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Where do we go from the George Zimmerman trial? Panel will discuss race, justice and activism at Drexel

July 26, 2013
Dr. Donald Tibbs - Associate Professor of Law

The trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot black teen Trayvon Martin, captured the nation’s attention in recent months. The case touched off an intense national debate about race, underscor...

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Sepphoris: From Galilean Town to Roman Polis

May 24, 2013
Sepphoris, The House of Dionysos, early 3rd century CE, Triumphal Procession of Dionysos

The Judaic Studies Program and the Anthropology Program of the Department of Culture & Communication of Drexel University present “Sepphoris: From Galilean Town to Roman Polis” a lecture by Dr. Zeev Weiss...

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The Friends That Study Together Stay Together

May 24, 2013
Alex Sevit, Kailey Kluge and Nick Stropko

Friday night parties took on a whole new meaning when Kailey Kluge, a pre-junior international area studies student, and Alex Sevit, biomedical engineering BS/MS ’15 and Goldwater Scholar, were filling out their re...

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A Dream Realized: Drexel Student to Study Abroad in Russia

May 13, 2013
Kailey Kluge

Kailey Kluge’s friends used to tease her about becoming a Russian spy in a Bond movie, but it seems as though she’ll be working on the other side now that she was named a Boren Scholar last month....

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Best-Selling Author Michelle Alexander to Speak on Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System

April 30, 2013
Michelle Alexander

Acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and award-winning author Michelle Alexander will join Drexel University on Monday, May 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. for a discussion about racial bias in the criminal justice system. The even...

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What I'm Reading: Dr. Yaba Blay

March 29, 2013
Dr. Yaba Blay

Dr. Yaba Blay, professor of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, reads nonstop as part of her research and teaching. This does not leave her much time for recreational reading, but she recently made time...

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Atlas Embraced

February 25, 2013
Elias Okwara

A graduating senior and one of the shining stars in Drexel's International Area Studies Program, Elias Okwara is already on his way to a promising career...

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The Failure of Rape Law Reform

February 15, 2013
Up Against the Wall

Debates about the term “legitimate rape” and whether or not a woman’s body can prevent rape have permeated media coverage in recent months, shedding light on the fact that views about sexual assault vic...

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Art Exhibit Explores What Blackness Looks Like

February 01, 2013
One Drop: Fact, Fiction, or Fate?

Africana Studies and the Office of Equality and Diversity present “(1)NE DROP: Fact, Fiction, or Fate?,” featuring Dr. Yaba Blay, assistant teaching professor of Africana Studies and artistic director of the ...

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What I'm Reading: Dr. Maria Hnaraki

December 18, 2012
Dr. Maria Hnaraki

Dr. Maria Hnaraki, associate professor in the Department of Culture and Communication, believes dancing is the ultimate creative act. It was a huge part of her life growing up on the Greek island of Crete....

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CNN's Soledad O'Brien to Moderate Advance Screening of "Who is Black in America?" Documentary and Discussion

November 28, 2012
Soledad O'Brien

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will join Drexel University for an advance screening of the new documentary “Who is Black in America?” on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., part of a multi-part se...

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Oct 15th Panel to Discuss "Issues at Stake"

October 11, 2012
Drexel Votes Election Panel Flyer

Which issues will most influence your decision for a presidential candidate? Which issues are of most concern to Philadelphians? With the presidential election quickly approaching, Drexel University will host “Elec...

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Bragging Rights: CoAS Students Take Home Awards

May 14, 2012
Bragging Rights: CoAS Students Win Awards

This spring, students in the College of Arts and Sciences were acknowledged for their continued academic and professional prowess andtheir commitment to community outreach.


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IAS Student Receives Boren Scholarship

May 07, 2012
Colby Hepner Receives Boren Scholarship

Colby Hepner (International Area Studies, BA ’13) received the prestigious Boren Scholarship, which will allow him to spend the 2012-13 academic year in South Korea. The scholarship provides U.S. undergraduate stu...

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The Jewel Series: Mexican Literary Classics on the Screen

March 20, 2012
Dona Barbara Film Poster

Café Latino, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center (a local non-profit), is proud to host “The Jewel Series: Mexican Literary Classics on the Screen.” The series will kick off on April 26, 2012 at 6 PM<...

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Shadow Acts: Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Friends

June 01, 2011
Shadow Acts: Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Friends

Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 7 PM, Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center (3128 Market Street)

Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences and Westphal College have organized a celebration highlighting poetry,...

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CoAS Students, Faculty Win Awards

May 14, 2011
Caitlin Costello Thumb Image

As the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, students and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences continue to receive prestigious honors, ranging from Fulbright Scholarships to the Thomas R. Pickering Undergra...

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The Future of Hip Hop

December 02, 2010
Future of Hip-Hop Flyer

Africana Studies in sponsorship with The Good Idea Fund will present "The Future of Hip-Hop" featuring Grammy award winning hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco and Michael Eric Dyson, an acclaime...

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2500 Years of Marathon

November 18, 2010
John Trikeriotis, Dr. Gonda Van Steen, Dr. Maria Hnaraki, Jim Carroza

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Greek Studies program will host “Battle of Marathon 2500 Year Anniversary” with Dr. Gonda Van Steen, Andronicos Nicholas Cassas Chair in Greek Studies and associate professor in t...

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Professor Donald Stevens: "Border with Mexico: Historical Perspectives"

November 17, 2010
Slide from Border with Mexico: Historical Perspectives

Join International Area Studies as they host International Café, Wednesday, November 17th at 12:00pm in MacAlister 2019/2020. This month’s event will feature Professor Donald Stevens presenting his lectu...

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Globalization of Hip-Hop

November 12, 2010
Ringwood Boiz in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Takver.

From its block party roots, Hip Hop has gone from meager turn tables to a multibillion dollar industry. American Hip Hop’s influence has permeated every aspect of our modern world. From fashion & music to politics &a...

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Feminism and the Anti-racist Struggle

November 10, 2010
Feminism and the Anti-Racist Struggle

Dr. Kobayashi will lecture on Sartre and Fanon and their discussion over whiteness and race as a basis for asking who can be an anti-racist. She will describe some recent controversies within the Canadian Association of ...

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"A Walk To Beautiful"

November 04, 2010
A Walk to Beautiful

Join International Area Studies as we begin our Global Health Series with a screening of the award winning feature-length documentary "A Walk to Beautiful", followed by a meet and greet with its director Mary Olive Smith...

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The Motorcycle Diaries

October 21, 2010
The Motorcycle Diaries

International Area Studies presents "The Motorcycle Diaries" in continuation of their international film series. "The Motorcycle Diaries" is an adaptation of a journal written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna when he...

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Supporting Haitian Infrastructure

October 21, 2010

During the past summer, a team of Drexel faculty and staff affiliated with Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative traveled twice to post-earthquake Leogane, Haiti. Professors Franco Montalto, Michael Piasecki, Mimi Sheller...

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Dig Your Way Out of Debt

October 13, 2010
Stack of credit cards. Photo by Andres Rueda

Come learn how to strategically reduce and prevent credit card debt. We will cover budgeting tricks, “good” and “bad” debt, and much more in this financial literacy workshop for women. Alisha Thompson-Adams is an instruc...

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Bicycle Repair for Women

September 30, 2010
Bicycles and parts

Come learn how to change a flat tire on your bicycle. In this hands-on workshop for women, a Bicycle Ambassador from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will lead us through how to change a flat tire. Participa...

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Back to Basics Home Repair

August 25, 2010

The Office of Equality and Diversity and The Women's Studies Program will host "Back-to-Basics Home Repair," a special home repair workshop for women, on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Intercult...

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Black Orpheus

August 12, 2010
Black Orpheus

Join International Area Studies for our international film fest featuring "Black Orpheus". Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 1959, Marcel Camus’ "Black Orpheus" (Orfeu Negro) brings the ancien...

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Financial Literacy Workshop

July 07, 2010
Street signs at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway

Join Carol Arnott, a certified financial planner whose practice focuses on women-in-transition as she discusses how to invest wisely during difficult financial times.

5:30-7:00 workshop—Intercultural Center, 1st floor...

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Protecting Ancient Mariners

May 21, 2010
Sea Turtle - Ancient Mariners

Dr. Maria Hnaraki, director of Greek Studies, invites the Drexel community to join the journey of Mediterranean turtles via ARCHELON on Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete on Friday, May 21, 2010 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Mit...

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Language Change and Continuity in Greek

April 14, 2010
Dr. Maria Hnaraki and Dionysis Goutsos

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Maria Hnaraki, Director of Greek Studies, is pleased to welcome a Senior Visiting Scholar in the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation....

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Africana Studies Presents the Black Power Movement Speaker Series

April 13, 2010
Black Power Speaker Series

Throughout the months of February and March, the Africana Studies program, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Earle Mack School of Law, presented a five-part lecture series in honor of Bl...

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Papadakis Performs for Papadakis

April 09, 2010
Constantine Papadakis

Dr. Maria Hnaraki invites the Drexel community to join Greek Studies for a memorial concert in honor of the late Drexel President Dr. Constantine Papadakis on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m....

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Ricardo Jimenez Visits Drexel

March 03, 2010
Ricardo Jimenez

The College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies and Latinos for a United Campus, in association with the National Boricua Human Rights Network, present a discussion with Ricardo Jimenez, former political prisoner and ...

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Conversations With a Gender Outlaw

January 22, 2010
Kate Bornstein

Author, playwright, and performance artist Kate Bornstein, a male-female transsexual, shared with eager Drexel students her personal and professional perspective on understanding the current binary model of gender...

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History of the Black Power Movement

January 08, 2010
Hasan Jeffries

Africana Speaker Series presents several engaging events on the "History of the Black Power Movement," with: Dr. Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of History at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity ...

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John Brown 150th Anniversary

December 04, 2009
John Brown's Marching Song

Drexel University will feature acclaimed author David Reynolds in an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Brown’s raid, an important moment in the African American struggle for liberation. David Reynolds is ...

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Greek Food for Thought

June 06, 2009
Dr. Nico Scarmeas

Dr. Maria Hnaraki, director of Greek Studies, invites you to an evening of food and festivities. Join Greek Studies are they present Dr. Nikos Scarmeas, associate professor of neurology at Colum...

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