Our Vision

Kaleido[scopes]: Diaspora Re-Imagined presents the myriad ways in which Africana Studies grapples with the complexities of black experiences broadly construed. Kaleido[scopes] features student projects, papers, and creative responses produced in Africana Studies courses at Williams College.

Kaleido[scopes] compiles student works that explore real- world applications of Africana Studies and theories presented inside of the classroom. The Journal also features student artistic contributions to Africana Studies. Multimedia projects will be displayed on a companion blog.

Kaleido[scopes] aims to heighten awareness of the cutting edge research in Africana Studies. The Journal is a forum to surface the creative ideas and multidimensional voices of the Africana Studies Department at Williams College.

Our Story

In 2014, two undergraduate students - Sevonna Brown ('15) and Ahmad Greene-Hayes ('16) approached Professor Rhon Manigault-Bryant with an idea: to create an engaging, dynamic forum for Africana Students to present what they had learned and the work they had created in Africana Studies courses. The result was Kaleido[scopes]: Diaspora Re-Imagined.

With the partnership of Nneka Dennie ('13), and the editorial teamwork provided by Jallicia Jolly ('14) and Kenny Jean ('14), the first issue was born in 2014.

Since then, Kaleido[scopes] has continued to draw from the rich learning and creative experiences of our students, and to offer our knowledge of the African Diaspora and Africana Studies through our unique viewpoint: as undergraduates navigating life and learning in the Purple Valley of the Berkshires.

Meet the Editorial Team

Capturing student knowledge and experience of Africana Studies is what we do!

Student Editor

Student Editor

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Student Editor

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Rhon Manigault-Bryant

Faculty Advisor

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