Photo book celebrates Center for African Studies’ 50th anniversary

Center for African Studies
Valerie Garcia, ’19, is among those pictured in the new photo book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for African Studies. (Photo: Alex Nana-Sinkam)

For 50 years, Stanford’s CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES has been a hub for rigorous inquiry and a welcoming home for all Stanford students and scholars with an interest in Africa. On Sept. 29, the center highlighted its 50th anniversary by debuting a book of remarkable photos by ALEX NANA-SINKAM, ’13, MA ’14, spiced with reflections from the Center for African Studies community.

Nana-Sinkam photographed center alumni, friends, faculty, current students and family during a two-hour window one afternoon in November 2015. Participants wrote on their faces, hands and arms what the center has meant to them – conveying the center’s strengths and embodying them as well.

“The hope was that in capturing each individual’s interpretation of this place, we could bring to light how diverse yet singular this community actually is,” Nana-Sinkam explained.

The book is available at the center in Encina Commons, where many of Nana-Sinkam’s images will also be on exhibit through 2016.

Explore some of Nana-Sinkam’s images on the Stanford 125 website.