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Grand Challenges: Africa Through Language and Area Studies (ATLAS)

Grant Type: Team Project Grant
Topics: Racial and Social Justice, Education
Colleges Represented: ARHU, BSOS

Grand Challenges Grants Program


The Africa Through Language and Area Studies (ATLAS) serves as a nexus for the study of African languages, history, contemporary issues, and research at the University of Maryland with the goal of increasing the understanding of the African continent and its growing global influence. Through a website that acts as a virtual hub, ATLAS seeks to centralize all courses, events, and student groups that focus on Africa and the African diaspora, as well as showcase relevant research and scholarship throughout campus. The website is intended to be a platform where the campus community can come together to find and share information encompassing all UMD activities related to African studies.

ATLAS also hosts a monthly speaker series and an annual conference on the study of Africa and its diaspora, bringing together interested faculty, staff, and students and attracting African thought leaders and scholars to engage with the UMD community. By celebrating the diversity and contributions of the many UMD faculty and students working on topics related to Africa, ATLAS seeks to reduce disparities in representation, increase the prominence of African and African American topics of study, encourage more scholarship on Africa, and foster community across different departments and fields of study.

Team Members:

PI: Miranda Abadir (ARHU), Second Language Acquisition, National Foreign Language Center

Matthew Thomann (BSOS), Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Connie DiJohnson (ARHU), Second Language Acquisition (SLA), National Foreign Language Center

ATLAS News and Events

April 29, 2024
ATLAS Monthly Speaker Series: Free African Language Resources
Connie DiJohnson and Bryan Anderson, both from the NFLC (ARHU), are our featured speakers.
Learn about the NFLC-UMD's free resources for African language learning and maintenance with Connie DiJohnson and Bryan Anderson. The NFLC-UMD's portal has over 1,000 language learning materials and self-assessments in African languages. Join us for a tour of the portal and share your language learning needs.
Attendees must register to receive a Zoom link

February 27, 2024
ATLAS Day Conference
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

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