The Triangle African American History Colloquium (TAAHC) is a student-based organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was founded in January 2005 for the purpose of bringing together students, staff, and faculty who have an interest in African American history and culture. The group emerged from a shared desire to draw attention to research and resources related to black history. Our objectives are fourfold: to link undergraduate and graduate students and faculty across disciplines who share common research interests related to black history and culture; to build reciprocal working networks among students and faculty at UNC and our colleagues on campuses across the Triangle; to raise awareness regarding existing resources on campus and in the larger community related to African American history; and to raise the profile of African American history as a field of study at UNC and other area institutions.

The annual New Perspectives Conference, now in its eighth year, strives to present a friendly and collaborative environment for exploring new perspectives on and approaches to the rich fields of African American history and culture. The conference reflects and amplifies TAAHC’s commitment to: the highest standards of scholarship; the newest thinking in African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American history; the building of collaborative relationships between emerging and established scholars; the importance of active leadership from graduate students and faculty alike; and the necessity of a warm, encouraging, and professional environment in which to engage these issues.

TAAHC Planning Committee, 2013-2014: Robert Colby, Cheryl Dong, Shannon Eaves, Evan Faulkenbury, Brian Fennessy, Anna Krome-Lukens, Liz Lundeen, Joshua Lynn, Jeanine Navarrete, Bradley Proctor, William Sturkey, and Mishio Yamanaka. TAAHC’s faculty advisor is Professor Jerma Jackson.

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