Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures

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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 the Study of Black Lives and Cultures 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.

The mission of the Bucknell Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives and Cultures is to document and bring into view narratives of both historical and contemporary African and Diaspora communities. The Griot Institute fulfills its mission with narrative as a thematic and theoretical framework for its projects and programming through collaborative enterprises devoted to interdisciplinary exploration of specific aesthetic, artistic, and scholarly products, as well as intellectual and cultural trends and currents across communities in Africa and its diasporas.

Explore the Griot Institute further in the Griot Booklet linked below.

Latest Griot Newsletter

View the Griot's resources on race, racism and resistance


Follow our Griot Institute Intern Blog for photos and updates

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Events & Series

Every year, the Griot Institute offers the Bucknell community a series that focuses on a question or issue of concern central to Black lives and cultures.

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Learn more about the Spring Series

Martin Luther King Jr. Week

An annual campus community gathering to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. through learning, discussion, community engagement and art.

Get involved in MLK Week

Griot Project Book Series

Consists of scholarly monographs and creative works devoted to the interdisciplinary exploration of African America.

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Projects and Undergraduate Research

The Griot provides rich opportunities for students to pursue scholarship related to the institute's mission.

Read about their work

Bucknell in the Caribbean

Bucknell in the Caribbean provides first-hand information about the languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the Caribbean through readings, lectures, field trips, group projects, attendance and participation in cultural performances, ethnographic interviews, as well as analytic reflections. You will explore the cultural and environmental impacts of slavery, colonialism, independence and tourism. The islands of Puerto Rico and Antigua serve as our classroom. Bucknell in the Caribbean is happening May 14 – June 5, 2024. The application deadline is Dec. 1. Please send questions to

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Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures