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Africana Studies Lecture Series Thrives on its Second Year

by Francis Tanglao-Aquas, Director

D.B. WalkerAfricana Studies inaugurated its annual Alumni Lecture on October 18 by welcoming Dr. Corey D. B. Walker (Ph.D. in American Studies, 2001), the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Winston Salem State University. Dr. Walker spoke on the challenge of Blackness in American higher education by illuminating how and in what ways students and scholars of Africana Studies may establish theoretical coordinates for elaborating new avenues of critical thinking and radical humanism in the world.

Africana Studies also continued its speaker series funded by the Charles Center and the Reves Center where faculty are able to present their research work to the community. Professor Artisia Green presented her Charles- Africana Lecture, "Let Them Eat Cake!" a personal narrative essay on her journey as an artist institutionalizing social change through theatre at her alma mater, William & Mary. For the Reves-Africana Lecture, Professor Fahad Bishara of History lectured on the complexities of debt obligations in Omani East Africa. The lecture series will continue on the First Fridays of February, March and April in 2014 (visit the Reves Center calendar) and will feature Prof. Hannah Rosen of History, Prof Richard Turits of University of Michigan, Prof. Chris Slogar of California State University, and Dr. Kirpal Singh of Singapore Management University.