(ALLHIPHOPNEWS) Harvard University announced Wednesday it will use a $15-million donation to launch the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.
The center will house four new entities: the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the History Design Studio, the Program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine, and the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, according to a statement on the university’s website.
The new center will also encompass several existing entities at Harvard: W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, the Image of the Black Archive and Library, the Du Bois Review, Transition Magazine, the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, and the Hutchins Family Library.
“The Hutchins Center will house a group of world-leading research institutes and programs, all vitally important and all equally dedicated to the creation of cutting-edge knowledge in the field of African and African-American research,” said Glenn Hutchins, in a statement. Hutchins, who is Caucasian, graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and a graduate degrees in both business and law in 1983.
The Hiphop Archive and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University recently announced the Nasir Jones Fellowship which will provide selected scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that "education is real power," as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with hip hop.
The Nasir Jones Fellowship honors Nas and his work while supporting the work of others. Fellows are chosen by a selection committee comprising members of the Harvard University faculty. More information on the Hiphop Archive and W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is available at www.hiphoparchive.org