Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


African American Center, 1969


Founded in 1969, the African American Center offers a variety of academic, cultural, and student service programs designed to encourage and support the intellectual and personal growth of African American and other Tufts undergraduates. The center sponsors lectures, workshops, concerts, and films that reflect and celebrate the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual traditions of the African diaspora.

The center is located in Capen House on the Medford campus. Administrative offices for the African American Center, as well as a small library and conference room, are located on the first floor of the house. The second and third floors serve as a residence for students interested in African American culture. Residents of Capen House each complete a project that reflect and celebrates the cultural heritage of the African diaspora. These projects are presented annually as part of the Capen House Diaspora Project Series.

The African American Center administers a number of programs. In August the center sponsors the Black Student Orientation Retreat on Cape Cod, to welcome students of color and acquaint them with the resources available to them as part of the Tufts community. In December, the Center, in conjunction with the Pan-African Alliance, the Tufts Black student organization, coordinates a celebration of Kwanzaa. February's activities center around celebration of Black History Month, with a variety of speakers and events. Throughout the year the center sponsors, with the Department of Music and the Dean of Arts and Humanities, a series of lectures and performances called At Place Congo. The series features scholars and performers whose work explores the music and culture of African Americans.

For students, the center sponsors the Black Men's Group and the Black Women's Group, ongoing support/discussion groups which meet regularly to discuss issues of interest and concern. The director of the center provides an outside facilitator and appoints a student asistant from each of these groups to ensure their continuation and efficacy.


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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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