1992: Making a Name in Afro-American Studies

June 05, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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 In his first year at Harvard, as chairman of Afro-American studies, Henry Louis (Skip) Gates Jr. left a largely positive impression as he built up the department’s faculty and its reputation. "African-American studies and African-American literary studies are unimaginable in the United States without Skip Gates," Houston A. Baker, president of the Modern Language Association, told The Chronicle. "First time I’ve ever had a real job," Mr. Gates joked. He kept this one until 2006, when he stepped down to do more teaching and research. As his fame has spread, he has stayed on at Harvard, as director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.