ALA Lecture Series – Feb 26, 2022

Where are the Black Diasporic Scholars of African Studies?

With Anne Adams, Garrey Dennie, Joseph McLaren & Wendy Wilson-Fall

Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST; London, 4:00 PM; Lagos, 5:00 PM; Johannesburg, 6:00 PM; Nairobi, 7:00 PM

***Live on the ALA YouTube Channel***

The interest of Black scholars from the US, the Caribbean, Canada and the UK in African literature, and African studies in general, is in serious decline. This panel brings together scholars from these regions to examine the historical and present contexts of this situation and to discuss ways to reverse the trend. In what ways can educators hope to undertake outreach efforts to renew interest in the study of African literature and other forms of expression, by a new generation of Black scholars?

Anne Adams is Professor Emerita, Cornell University, Africana Studies and Research Center and Comparative Literature. Garrey Dennie is an Associate Professor of History and the Coordinator of African and African Diaspora Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Joseph McLaren is Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University, where he taught African American and African literature. Wendy Wilson-Fall is a social anthropologist, Associate Professor, and Chair of Africana Studies at Lafayette College.

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