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AFRICANA STUDIES NEWS

Faculty Present Work in South Africa

Four members of the HWS faculty presented papers at the 40th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (ALA) this spring. The conference, "Texts Modes and Repertoires of Living In and Beyond the Shadows of Apartheid," featured the work of Professor Emeritus of French and Francophone Studies George Joseph, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies Marie-Helene Koffi-Tessi...
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Dunn Discusses Africa on WRVO

Associate Professor of Political Science Kevin Dunn was interviewed for a WRVO public radio segment, "The Campbell Conversations," hosted by Grant Reeher, the director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and professor of political science at Syracuse University. The show, in which Dunn and Campbell discuss African politics, originally aired on WRVO (89.9 in Oswego/Syracuse) on Sunday, March ...
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Dunn Releases Book on African Politics

Kevin Dunn, chair and associate professor of political science at HWS, and Pierre Englebert, a professor of African politics at Pomona College, have announced the publication of their co-authored textbook, "Inside African Politics," an important work that introduces readers to a rich exploration of contemporary politics in Africa. Released by Lynne Rienner Publishers, one of the foremost publishe...
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Lamerique’13 Enters Penn Law

After graduating from Hobart summa cum laude this spring, Jose Lamerique '13 will pursue a law degree at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the country's eight Ivy League institutions. "I have wanted to go into law school since graduating from high school," says Lamerique, who earned his B.A. in history with a minor in Africana studies. "I assessed my strengths and weaknesses and decided that...
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New York Times Features Perkins’12

Rashid Perkins '12 was recently featured in a piece by the New York Times editorial board about the Fresh Air Fund. Perkins participated in the Fresh Air Fund's summer program starting at 7 years old. The article begins, "Rashid Perkins still remembers that first day. One summer morning, when he was 7, he left his home in Jamaica, Queens. At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, he said goodbye to his...
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McCorkle Presents Poetry Reading

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies James McCorkle '76 will perform as part of the Musical Moments recital series at the Geneva Public Library on Friday, Sept. 9. McCorkle is the author of "The Still Performance" (a study of post-modern American poetry), the editor of "Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry," and most recently, with Jeff Gray and Mary McAleer Balkun, "Greenwood Ency...
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Pinto Honored:Four Present at Conference

George Joseph, professor in the French and Francophone Department, and Assistant Professor James McCorkle and Scholar in Residence Thelma Pinto, both of the Africana Studies Program, recently participated in the 37th Annual African Literature Association conference, held at Ohio University this spring. The theme of the conference was "African Literature, Visual Arts and Film in Local and Transnat...
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"Invisible Children" March 21

The documentary "Invisible Children" tells the plight of the Ugandan children who are impacted by the longest running war in Africa today. The documentary will be shown on campus, followed by a discussion with representatives of Invisible Children New International Tour on Monday, March 21. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with the representatives of the organization to learn more abou...
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Sankofa Hosts Soul Week

In celebration of Black History Month, Sankofa will host a variety of activities during Soul Week to educate, remember, and highlight black history and culture throughout the week of Feb. 21 - 25. The first activity will be a Community Panel Discussion titled, "The Use of the N-Word" ("Don't Call Me Nigger"), which will include: Assistant Professor of History William Harris, Assistant Professor o...
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Presenting at African Literature Assoc

George Joseph, professor in the French and Francophone Department, and Assistant Professor James McCorkle and Scholar in Residence Thelma Pinto, both of the Africana Studies Program, recently participated in the 36th Annual African Literature Association conference, held in Tucson, Arizona. The theme of the conference was "Eco-Imagination: African and Diasporan Literatures and Sustainability." "I...
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