Publicity image of the Black Panther, in full costume, in front of the expansive green Wakanda landscape.
After its creation 50 years ago at the hands of white writers and artists, the Black Panther has been guided by a short list of influential figures, most recently writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and film director Ryan Coogler. Comics scholar Rebecca Wanzo scrutinizes the intervening years and finds an evolution in the character’s representation of blackness.
Photo of Washington University diploma being held by a student in a green graduation gown.
How are doctoral programs preparing humanities graduate students for the possibility of careers outside the tenure track? And how can we better support the faculty who lead these efforts? The Center for the Humanities receives $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for “Faculty for the Next Generation: Toward New Models of PhD Training in the Humanities.”
Photo of dancer, choreographer and activist Katherine Dunham in her dance studio in the 1950s. Among the dancers participating in the class is the actor James Dean.
Eartha Kitt, foreground, and James Dean in a Katherine Dunham dance class in the early 1950s. There's hardly a more recognizable figure in dance, especially African-American modern dance, than Katherine Dunham. In her new book, dance scholar Joanna Dee Das explores Dunham's engagement in the black freedom struggle both onstage and off.

Photo of a woman singing, eyes closed as if to focus solely on the sound of her voice.
Musical performances in the ethnographic setting, the karaoke room and the black church take center stage in the interdisciplinary “Embodying Intimacy: New Work in Voice and Performance” symposium, writes performance scholar Paige McGinley.


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