Griot: A central figure in many West African cultures. Historically, the griot held many functions, including community historian, cultural critic, indigenous artist and collective spokesperson.

The Griot Institute for Africana Studies provides faculty and student intellectual and creative engagement with the interdisciplinary investigation of the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora.

Griot Opening Event

The Griot welcomes students, staff and faculty into the new academic year.

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 26 at noon on the Science Quad. Food will be available and entertainment will be provided by The Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

(Rain location is the Hearth Space in the ELC)

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The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.
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The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

The Griot Tree photograph is used by permission of the artist, Bobbie Crews.

Watch a play with us in NYC

Join us on a bus trip to see Sweat, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This recent play from Lynn Nottage tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together at a factory. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the are pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.

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