Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies & the Economy - Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to CAUSE at Carnegie Mellon University

Founded in 1995, CAUSE is an interdisciplinary research and education center in the Department of History, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University. Focusing on African American urban life and history since the transatlantic slave trade, the Center encourages scholarship that addresses the historian’s interest in understanding socioeconomic, political, and cultural change over time... [Read more]

Out of the Shadows: A Colored Solidarity

An original work of Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance form, this performance tells the story of a prominent Indian feminist and anti-colonial activist, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya, as she confronts racism in Louisiana in 1940. A powerfully moving work of dance that blends forgotten history with original music, poetry, and motion, Out of the Shadows will be performed by renowned dancer and choreographer, Anjal Chande. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Director, Joe William Trotter, Jr. was featured in C-SPAN's 2016 Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) Cities Tour in Pittsburgh.

Race and Renaissance Joe Trotter talked about his book, Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh since World War II, about the lives and contributions of Pittsburgh African Americans since World War II, including their significance in the second Great Migration, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and other historical events.

Previous Events

Friday, September 23, 2016
CAUSE Annual Fall Reception
Posner Center, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, October 28, 2016
Nathan Connolly
Herber Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

"The Caribbean History of an American City: Greater Miami and the History of the Rest of Us"

Friday, November 18, 2016
Panel Discussion

"From the Grassroots to the Ivory Tower: Memoirs on the 20th Century African American Experience"

Friday, February 24, 2017
Waverly Duck
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

"No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty, Policing and Drug Dealing"

Friday, April 7, 2017
Scot Brown
CAUSE Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-17, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

"Tales from the Land of Funk: Dayton, Ohio and African American Funk Bands in the 1970s"

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Full program poster 2016-17