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Message from the Director

Dr. Abel A. Bartley is the Director of the Pan African Studies Program

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Image of Dr. Abel BartleyOn behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of the Clemson University Pan African Studies department, I would like to welcome you to our brand new degree granting program. The Pan African Studies is an innovative interdisciplinary degree program, which combines the best of the intellectual world social and community engagement. It combines the many missions of the university to be both socially and academically engaged with the society at large.

We are very excited about the many new opportunities to research important issues and problems facing South Carolinians. We want to document the history of all of the important African American institutions such as churches, businesses, and schools in and around the state. We also want to highlight the important relationship between Black South Carolinians with Barbados and other islands of the Caribbean. We also want to outline the importance of Africa and its culture on shaping the Western hemisphere. We want to become a clearinghouse of information for those interested in learning more about the black experience. While doing this, we want to integrate the university with the community in new and exciting ways.

By digitizing information gained through research, and making it available on the fastest growing research medium in the world, the internet, we want to connect Clemson University to the rest of the world. The Pan African Studies Program is especially important to me because it allows me the opportunity to combine my research passions, African Americans, Africans and urban development. With the help of my award winning faculty and the support of the university, we will be able to conduct groundbreaking study which will help our students better understand the important role Africans have played throughout history.

If you are a student who does not know what you want to study, I invite you to visit Clemson University, check us out. You can find us in Hardin Hall or on the web. We would love to meet you and show you some of the many things we are involved in. We hope to see you soon.

Dr. Abel A. Bartley, Director
Pan African Studies