Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Web Site Explores Link between African Diaspora, Global Politics

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Web Site Explores Link between African Diaspora, Global Politics

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EVANSTON, ILL.

A Web site exploring the connections between the African Diaspora and major historical developments of the 20th century has debuted on the Internet.

The interactive Web site is the product of a collaboration among faculty, graduate students and technical staff at Northwestern University to create a virtual archive housing scholarly documents that reveal the linkages between transnational Black politics, social movements and world historical events of the 20th century.

Dr. Michael Hanchard, a political scientist at Northwestern University, conceived the idea for "Global Mappings: A Political Atlas of the African Diaspora," the official title of the Web site.

Development of the Web site began in 1998 with funds from the Ford Foundation. The undertaking represents the first major project of the Institute of Diasporic Studies at Northwestern University.

The Institute is jointly supported by Northwestern's Program of African Studies and the African American Studies Department to generate, promote and support research on the African Diaspora. …

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