University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies

About FDI

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies was established in 1986 to promote the development of African and African-American studies in undergraduate and graduate education and through advanced research at the University of Rochester. The Institute has developed an interdisciplinary major which, though not excluding natural sciences, will focus primarily on the social sciences and humanities. A broad range of undergraduate courses in African and African-American Studies are offered in collaboration with several departments within the University. We offer undergraduate internship, a series of distinguished outside speakers; a bi-weekly video & film series to discuss in a relaxed environment video and documentaries capturing Africa's past and present and to become acquainted with, and debate, issues relating to the continent; a Work-in-Progress Seminar Series to graduates and faculty who have the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research in the broad area of African and African-American Studies.