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From its inception, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies has produced scholarly publications focusing on the various theoretical debates, politics, culture and recent history of black America, Africa and the black diaspora. Our first journal, Race and Reason, was started in the fall
semester of 1994. Produced annually for four years, Race
and Reason highlighted
the various activities of the Institute, and presented contemporary
research in the field of African-American Studies.
In January 1999, the Institute initiated a far more ambitious
publications project. With the collaboration of Westview Press,
as well as significant support from Columbia University, the
Institute launched SOULS, a quarterly interdisciplinary journal
that is dedicated to the mapping of the intellectual contours
of the modern black experience: the various ideological debates,
politics, culture and recent history of African-American people.
In the spirit of W.E.B. Du Bois, SOULS (whose title was inspired
by Du Bois's classic 1903 analysis of black American culture
and politics, The Souls of Black Folk) presents creative and
challenging interpretations of the major themes and issues
currently being discussed by scholars of black America. SOULS brings together intellectuals from both traditional and academe
and the black community to engage in a critical dialogue about
contemporary problems and challenges facing black America today.
The editorial direction of the journal is shaped by founding
editor Manning Marable, and Managing Editor Cheryll Y. Greene,
a veteran book and magazine publishing professional. The editorial
advisory board consists of Herbert Aptheker, Dennis Brutus,
Johnnetta B. Cole, George Frederickson, Bernice Johnson Reagon,
Sonia Sanchez, Cornel West, Ossie Davis, and Ruby Dee.
Quarterly issues include feature articles, interviews, book
reviews, and an extended "symposium" section drafted
by prominent scholars, writers, and leaders on the central
theme of each issue.