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Villanova University’s Africana Studies Program connects faculty, students, and community members interested in the academic study of Africa and the African diaspora. With 25 faculty affiliates, about 20 courses offered each semester, a robust calendar of public events, and a major and a minor, the Program has grown significantly since its founding in 1994. Whether the topic is politics in Africa, the literature of the Black diaspora in France, the history of the US civil rights movement, or Black theology, the Africana Studies Program encourages critical thinking, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and connecting academic work with lived reality. As an Augustinian Catholic university, Villanova is oriented to its core by the vision of an African diasporic faith leader, and the Africana Studies Program contributes to the University’s mission as we pursue knowledge that has often been overlooked or undervalued, and as we develop deeply inclusive community.