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Africa~Diaspora Forum: Peter Hulme

In the 1920s in New York the jazz cabaret was seen as offering what the writer Eric Walrond called “Africa undraped”, and its sound was the tom-tom.  This talk will explore the period’s fascination with that instrument and with what it might signify, focusing on two texts entitled Tom-Tom, both of which offer to associate contemporary Harlem with “Africa”, in one or another of its manifestations.

Africa~Diaspora Forum- Kenda Mutongi

Kenda Mutongi teaches a wide range of courses in African history, world history, and gender history. She is the author of two award-winning books: Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi (Chicago UP, 2017) and Worries of the Heart: Widows, Family, and Community in Kenya(Chicago UP, 2007). She has also published several articles in the major African …

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African Diaspora Forum-Maya Trotz (U. of South Florida) and Kevin Rhiney (Rutgers U.)

Caribbean in the Flux of Change – People, Land, Air & Sea   Battered States and ‘Resilient’ Futures? A Critical Reflection on the Caribbean post Irma-Maria Kevon Rhiney, Rutgers University   Roughly one month after hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the Caribbean nation of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, the Dominican Prime Minister asserted, “we have a unique …

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STEPHEN W. SAWYER’S DEMOS ASSEMBLED: DEMOCRACY & THE INTERNATIONAL ORIGINS OF THE MODERN STATE

Previous studies have covered in great detail how the modern state slowly emerged from the early Renaissance through the seventeenth century, but we know relatively little about the next great act: the birth and transformation of the modern democratic state. Demos Assembled (University of Chicago Press, 2018) provides us with a fresh, transatlantic understanding of that political …

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Artists / Scholars-in-Residence

CSAAD’s inaugural Artist/Scholar-in-Residence will be author Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions and This Mournable Body. She will be on campus February 18 to 28, 2019. Tsitsi Dangarembga is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and cultural activist, began writing plays at the University of Zimbabwe, where THE LOST OF THE SOIL (1983) and SHE NO LONGER …

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