"Africa Worldwide

Spring 2017 

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The Caribbean: A Cultural Mosaic

The spring library exhibit was curated by Nadra Hebouche, Africana Studies of the Africana Studies Program and the exhibit display was coordinated by Meg Massey from the College Library.  This display features works by Maryse Condé, Sir Derek A. Walcott, and Reinaldo Arenas as well as other prominent writers from the Caribbean.

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Moving from Access to Inclusion

January 25, 2017, 6:00 pm
Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall

Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack is and Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2016.  He is  a 2015 Nathional Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The Nathional Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar.  American RadioWorks, National Review, and  NPR have featured his research on lower-income college students as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. 

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Transforming the Academy ...
   One Campus at a Time

February 1, 2017, 12:00 Noon
Academy Room, Shadek-Fackenthal Library

This event is open to all faculty members of the F&M Community Only.

Dr. Willie-LeBreton is the Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College.  She served as editor and contributor to the recently released "Transforming the Academy: Faculty Perspectives on Diversity and Pedagogy." (Rutgers University Press, 2016)

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The Contemporary African Diaspora

     Immigrant Communities in the United States

February 13, 2017, 7:00 pm
Roschel Theatre

Toyin Falola, Ph.D., is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Kluge Chair of the Counties and Culture of the South, Library of Congress.  He is an author and editor of over 150 books on Africa and the African Diaspora and widely proclaimed as Africa's preeminent historian and one of the major intellectuals of our time.

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Being Omu [Female Monarch]: An African Analysis of Transformatory Power

March 2, 2017, 7:00 pm
Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall

Nkiru Nzegwu is Professor of Africana Studies at Binghamton University, the current editor and founding co-editor of JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, founding co-editor ofWest Africa Review; founding editor of Ijele: Art eJournal of the African World; founder of Africa Knowledge Project (AKP) – a digital platform for publishing and distributing peer-reviewed academic journals and curated resources; founder of africaresource.com, an educational platform on the Internet; and founder of Africa House in Endicott, NY, the birthplace of IBM. She has published widely in the areas of critical African women’s studies, African and African diaspora art, and African philosophy. Nzegwu is an Internet pioneer of online academic publishing and was appointed to the board of the International Consortium for Alternative Academic Publishing [ICAAP]. She was an art consultant and an associate editor of the Emmy award-winning Smithsonian documentary, Nigerian Art: Kindred Spirits (1990). 

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W. E. B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement, to Black Lives Matter

March 29, 2017, 7:00 pm
Bonchek Lecture Hall, Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University. His interests include race, social inequality, religion, politics, W. E. B. Du Bois and social movements. Morris is the author of the award winning book, The Origins of the Civil rights Movement which won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association. He is co-editor of the volumes, Frontiers in Social Movement Theory and Opposition Consciousness. Morris' book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of American Sociology, was published in 2015 by the University of California Press.  It has won the R.R. Hawkins Award from The Association of American Publishers. The Scholar Denied has also won the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award from the American Sociological Association and selected as co-winner of the Alfred McClung Lee Book Award of the Association for Humanist Sociology. Morrishas published widely on a variety of topics.
In 2006 Morris won the Association of Black Sociologists Joseph Himes award for Lifetime Achievement for a Career of Distinguished Scholarship. Morris was the 2013 recipient of the Association of Black Sociologists' A. Wade Smith Award for Teaching, Mentoring and Service. In 2009 Morris won the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for a lifetime of research, scholarship and teaching from the American Sociological Association. Morris is former Chair of Sociology, Director of Asian American Studies and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. The American Publishing Association will soon release a film, The Scholar Affirmed, on aspects of Morris' life and how he came to write the book.

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Freedom Without Border: On Gender, Sexuality and Identity in the Arab-Muslim World

A talk by Abdellah Taïa followed by a public screening of his film Salvation Army
April 3, 2017, 7:00 pm
Bonchek Lecture Hall - Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Abdellah Taïa is a world-renowned Moroccan-born and Paris-based filmmaker, writer and activist. His ground-breaking movie Salvation Army (2014), which examines same-sex sexuality within the North-African and Muslim context, is already widely recognized as a masterpiece of cinema that has given the Arab world “its first on-screen gay protagonist” (The New York Times, 2014). Considered as the first openly gay Arab author, Abdellah Taïa is undoubtedly recognized among journalists, critics and academics as a “transgressor and cultural paragon” (Interview Magazine, 2009). Indeed, since the cultural and political upheavals that have characterized what is now commonly known as the Arab Spring(s), Abdellah Taïa, as a Moroccan, Arab, gay, and Muslim public figure, has been at the forefront of the cultural movements, especially in Morocco and in France, that aim at debunking the pessimistic commonplace often associated with Islam and the African continent.

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The Communities Left Behind: Race, Health and Policing in the 21st Century.

April 13, 2017, 11:30 am - Common Hour
Mayser Gymnasium

Abigail A. Sewell, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Emory University.  Sewell is the founder of the Race and Policing Project, a collaborative effort to curate research at the intersections of racial inequality and criminal injustice for community consumption and usage. CO-Sponsored with Sociology and the Ware Institute.    



Fall 2016

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Subversive Voices of North African Women Writers

This newest exhibit was created in collaboration with Eiman Zein-Elabdin and Nadra Hebouche of the Africana Studies Program. The exhibit, "Subversive Voices of North African Women Writers: In Memory of Assia Djebar and Fatima Mernissi," inaugurates Africana Studies' year-long series, "Africa Worldwide 2016-2017." View the exhibit in the Shadek-Fackenthal Library now through October.

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Haiti Will Not Perish: A Talk by Michael Deibert

September 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall

Michael Deibert's writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, Le Monde diplomatique, Folha de São Paulo and the World Policy Journal, among other venues. He has been a featured commentator on international affairs on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, France 24, National Public Radio, WNYC New York Public Radio and KPFK Pacifica Radio. He is the author of Haiti Will Not Perish: a Recent History (Zed Books, 2016), In the Shadow of Saint Death: The Gulf Cartel and the Price of America's Drug War in Mexico (2104), The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair (2013) and Notes from the Last Testament: The Struggle for Haiti (2005). In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the International Peace Research Association and, in 2008 he was selected as a finalist for the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, sponsored by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, both in recognition of his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.



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"Islam and Secularism: What is an American Muslim?"

September 21, 2016, 7: 00 pm​
Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall

Professor An-Na'im is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Professor An-Na`im is a scholar of Islam, constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Shari`a law. His book Islam ad the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a (Harvard, 2008) has been discussed widely and translated into several languages. His latest book What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship (Oxford, 2014) examines Islam and politics in the US.

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, International Studies, the Mueller Endowment for Islamic Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society, the Muslim Students Association, and the Sudan Institute for Research and Policy.

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Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving Beyond Critique?

September 22, 2016, 11:30 am
Common Hour - Mayser Gymnasium

Sally Haslanger is the Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. She is a leading scholar of metaphysics and epistemology who has done groundbreaking work on the social construction of categories such as gender, race, and the family, on social explanation and social structure, and on topics in feminist epistemology. Her book Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford University Press, 2012) won the 2014 Joseph B. Gittler Prize for “outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of philosophy of one or more of the social sciences”. Sally has recently been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015) and was honored as the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam.

In “Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving Beyond Critique,” Haslanger will argue that we must understand racist ideology not simply in terms of belief, but in terms of social practices that frame our experience and our practices generally. For this reason, in order to resolve the durable inequalities associated with race, we must go beyond critique of racist beliefs.


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 A Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:30 pm
Brooks College House Great Room
Jabari Benjamin '18, Ehenneden Idehen-Amadasun '18, Cesar Cortorreal Jr. '20 (IMPACT), 

Professors Antonio Callari and Vincent Huang, Department of Economics 

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Diversity in Media:
100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

October 25, 2016, 7:00 pm
Bonchek Auditorium - Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Fred "Kudjo” Kudjo is an activist-producer-director-speaker born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father a Ghanaian surgeon who lived in Italy since the early 60's. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mass Media, from the University of Bologna. After his experience, working with the production crew of Spike Lee film's “Miracle at St. Anna”, in 2010 FredKuwornu produced and directed the Award-winning documentary Inside Buffalo about the African-American veterans who fought in Italy during Wodlrd War II. In 2012, he released "18 IUS SOLI "which examines Afro-Italians in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy but not yet Italian citizens. In 2016, He released " Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema" . His next projects, with the production company Do The Right Films Entertainment is  "Afropolitan", a documentary about a contemporary concept of Pan Africanism.

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The Cuban Drumbeat: Fidel Castro and Africa

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Stahr Auditorium, Stager Hall

Piero Gleijeses is a professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. His publications include Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991, Chapel Hill, NC, 2013, awarded the 2014 Friedrich Katz Prize of the American Historical Association; La Esperanza Desgarrada. La rebelión dominicana de 1965 y la invasión norteamericana, Havana, 2011; Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002, awarded the 2003 Robert Ferrell Prize of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations;  Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954, Princeton, 1991. 

Race, Gender, and Visual Culture in Latin America

November 16, 2016, 4:30 pm
Bonchek Lecture Hall, Ann and Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building

Tamara J. Walker is an historian of slavery and gender whose work as appeared in such publications asSlavery & AbolitionGender & History, and the Journal of Family History, and received support from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. Her book, Exquisite Slaves: Race, Clothing, and Status in Colonial Lima, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in early 2017. In 2016-2017, she will be the inaugural Visiting Scholar at the Americas Center at the University of Virginia, and a fellow at the Max Planck Center for European Legal History. 

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Foreign Aid and Dominant Media Representations of Africa
A Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 4:30 pm
Ware College House
Zoe Laryea '17 and Axel Ntwari '17 (the African and Caribbean Students Association)

with Professors Patrick Bernard, Department of English, and Eiman Zein-Elabdin, Department of Economics.