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Building on its previous research endeavors and the renewed interest in the concept of local knowledge in the academy and in public policy circles, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, with support from the Ford Foundation, established the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge (CSLK) in 2002. RotundaAs the first and only such research center in the United States dedicated to promoting new and innovative research on and related to the concept of local knowledge, CSLK is uniquely positioned to assess, challenge, and transform prevailing views of local knowledge.

Bringing together academic and lay scholars from a variety of backgrounds, CSLK will be at the forefront in challenging prevailing cultures of scholarship in the academy and in advancing humanistic, scientific, economic, legal, and environmental perspectives on local knowledge.