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Africana Studies’ Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Distinguished Speaker Series

Chiji Akoma, PhD, associate professor, Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies, discussed the oral performance aesthetic that defines Igbo drama and the challenges of transposing that into literary and written drama during an Africana Studies Tuesday Talk on Nov. 27, 2018


The Africana Studies Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences continues its 25th anniversary celebration this semester with a distinguished speaker series. Save the date for the Africana Studies Program Distinguished Speaker Series Spring 2019 lineup:

Jasmine Cobb, PhD on “New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair after Emancipation”
Monday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Idea Accelerator, Falvey Memorial Library

Jasmine Cobb, PhD, Department of Africana Studies, Duke University, will give a talk titled “New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair after Emancipation.” This event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library, the Waterhouse Foundation, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday Talk: Rory Kramer, PhD on “The Impossibility of Integration”
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library

Rory Kramer, PhD, Department of Sociology, Villanova University, will give a talk titled “The Impossibility of Integration.” This event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday Talk: Crystal Lucky, PhD on “Relentless Hearts: A Journey of Time, Love and Perseverance”
Tuesday, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library

Crystal Lucky, PhD, Department of English, Villanova University, will give a talk titled “Relentless Hearts: A Journey of Time, Love and Perseverance.” In June 2018, Debbie Africa was released from prison after serving a 40-year sentence related to an incident involving MOVE in 1978. Four months later, Michael Africa, Sr. (VU ’05), a second member of the MOVE 9, returned home and was reunited with his wife and their son, Michael Africa, Jr. Their story of love, unity and separation speaks to the strength of family, the power of forgiveness and the will to move forward. Join Dr. Lucky as she moderates a panel discussion with the Africa family on their new book project. This event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of History, Campus Ministry, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Annual Senghor-Damas-Césaire Lecture featuring Patrick Manning, PhD on “Africana Studies in Africa and North America: Knowledge of Past and Present”
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Events Room of Garey Hall

Patrick Manning, PhD, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk titled “Africana Studies in Africa and North America: Knowledge of Past and Present.” This event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of History, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

All events are free and open to the public. All events have been ACS approved.


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Last Modified: February 13, 2019