About the Griot
The Bucknell Griot Institute for Africana Studies is a collaborative enterprise devoted primarily to the interdisciplinary exploration of the aesthetic, artistic, scholarly, and cultural products and intellectual currents of historical and contemporary Africana communities. The Griot Institute embraces narrative as a thematic and theoretical framework for its projects and programming.
The Institute is led by Carmen Gillespie, professor of English and Director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies. Gillespie received her Ph.D. from Emory University. Her research, writing, and teaching interests are in American, African American, and Caribbean literatures and cultures and creative writing.
Read more about Carmen's teaching philosophy and her work with the Griot.
From the Director
Thank you for visiting the Bucknell Griot Institute for Africana Studies. Our primary mission is to engage the campus community in a wide array of scholarly and artistic programs that will generate discussion and exploration of some of the questions that are central to understanding the dynamics of Africana Studies. We invite the community to join us as we continue to examine, interact, and learn about Africana cultures together.