Souls is a quarterly interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Black History, a scholarly resource center of the Institute for Reasearch in African-American Studies at Columbia University; it is published by Taylor & Francis. Established in January 1999, the journal maps the broad boundaries of scholarship and intellectual debates in the contemporary Black experience: the current studies in recent Black history, politics, socioeconomic research, social theory, and culture. Produced in the spirit of the intellectual activism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Souls presents creative and challenging interpretations of the key issues now being confronted by scholars of modern Black America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

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Under the direction of Dr. Manning Marable and with the guidance of members of the Shabazz family, the Institute has launched the Malcolm X Project which principally includes the development of a multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X , providing interactive electronic visual presentations of Malcolm X’s writings, historical documents and speeches, media & film clippings of Malcolm X, and interviews with historians of the period; a Malcolm X – Dr. Betty Shabazz Oral History Project, which would record interviews with their surviving siblings and close relatives, prominent civil rights, labor, business and community leaders from Harlem and throughout black America; the Malcolm X Papers Project that would compile and organize the full range of Malcolm X’s correspondence, speeches, interviews, unpublished writings, and related materials, which would be published in several edited volumes, and a comprehensive biography of the subject; and an annual symposium at Columbia University on the thought and legacy of Malcolm X, bringing international scholars, writers and artists to celebrate and examine his life and contemporary legacy.

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The Africana Criminal Justice Project (ACJP) was established to further develop and stimulate engagement (among academics, students, activists, and practitioners) with black intellectual production on the intersections connecting race, crime, and criminal justice systems.  ACJP also supports initiatives seeking to address a response to the contemporary crisis of racialized criminal injustice, especially through the promotion of black civic capacity and leadership in communities impacted by mass criminalization and incarceration. These core objectives guide our research, education, and organizing initiatives.

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Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women is a collaborative research project designed to move the study of black thought, culture, & leadership beyond the "Great Men" paradigm that characterizaes most accounts of black intellectual activity. Founded & organized by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Director, IRAAS & Mia Bay, History, Rutgers University, this project was developed by an interdisciplinary working group of approximately 25 scholars and graduate students who met at Rutgers in April, 2004. As a result of that collaboration, the research project is dedicated to mapping the intellectual activity of African-American women & exploring the distinctive ways in which black women have engaged & challenged the ideas of both white Americans & Black male thinkers. It seeks to define and promote black women's intellectual history as a field. Future activities include a public conference in the Spring of 2006, a volume of essays on African-American women's political and economic thought, creative and scholarly work, religious ideas, gender theory and identity politics. In addition to the conference and the volume, the project will be disseminated by way of a list sere and website that will offer both scholars & the public information, resources, curricula & opportunities to exchange ideas on the intellectual history of black women.

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