African and African Diaspora Studies Annual Newsletter
Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs College of Arts and Sciences
Table of Contents
Director’s Statement Director of Graduate Programs Statement AADS Graduate Students AADS Undergraduate Students AADS-GSA AADS Alumni Spotlight AADS Alumni- Where Are They Now? AADS Staff AADS Core and Affiliate Faculty and Committees AADS Language Instructors AADS Core Faculty Spotlight Faculty Accomplishments: Published Works AADS Certificates AADS Study Abroad The Jean Muteba Rahier Afro-Ecuadorian Collection Happy Holidays from AADS
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Director’s Statement 2015-2016 is the fourth and last year of my second four-year term as FIU’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program Director. I began serving in that capacity in July 2008. In a letter I sent several weeks ago, I informed Dr. John Stack, the Dean Designate of the Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), that I did not wish to be considered for another four-year term once my current term expires on August 18, 2016. I am ready to pass the baton and hope someone else will like to care for the Program as I have (or better) for 8 years. I hope that my years of AADS leadership will be remembered as good years. I certainly have given a lot of energy to it, often losing sleep over administrative complications, bureaucratic processes, negotiation with “traditional departments,” and other management delights. Structurally speaking, directing a multi- and inter-disciplinary degree-granting academic unit is an activity that might perhaps resemble the position of a departmental chairperson. That resemblance is only superficial, however. Indeed, Programs such as AADS do not grant tenure to faculty. For that reason, AADS cannot count but with limited time commitment from its core and affiliate faculty. (Our core faculty have a joint appointment with AADS and a traditional department, in which they either have tenure or are tenure earning). This means that the things that need to be done often fall exclusively on the director and the office staff. Someone once said that AADS should be elevated to Departmental status. Hopefully that will happen soon. That would greatly improve what we can do. I guess that the occasion of my ending tenure as director calls for the drawing of a balance sheet or a “state of AADS” with identification of both accomplishments and remaining challenges. Accomplishments I would dare say that the state of AADS is very good, even though the Program faces in the short and medium terms significant challenges. When I became director of the African-New World Studies Program (ANWS) in July 2008, discussions about the creation of three multi-disciplinary schools within the College of Arts & Sciences (SIPA, SEAS, and SISH) had begun circulating. The word was that ANWS didn’t do continental Africa and only focused on the African diaspora. One of the first things the Program engaged in at my initiative in the summer 2008 was to discuss the possibility of a name change. The expression “New World” evoked Eurocentrism. We needed to claim continental Africa unambiguously while also keeping our identity as an African diaspora studies unit. There was unanimity minus one in favor of the name change to “African & African Diaspora Studies Program” when we voted for the name change. We joined the newly created SIPA and moved 3|Page
our offices from Biscayne Bay campus to Modesto Maidique campus, on the third floor of the Labor Center building, where we still are. We have been enjoying excellent neighbor relations with the Center for Labor Research and Studies (CLRS) with who we share the third floor of L.C. At the suggestion of then College of Arts & Sciences dean, Dr. Ken Furton, and because our MA in AADS program was on the list of Low Performing Degree Programs for not having graduated a 5 year average of 4 students per academic year (20 over 5 years), we engaged in the complex processes of creating three combined MA in AADS/Ph.D. programs in Atlantic History, Global & Sociocultural Studies (with majors in either anthropology, geography or sociology), and International Relations. We engaged in a number of curriculum reforms of our undergraduate offerings. We terminated our undergraduate Certificate in African-New World Studies and replaced it with a Certificate in African Studies and a Certificate in Global Black Studies. More recently, we also developed our third undergraduate certificate: an undergraduate Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies. We kept our graduate Certificate in African & African Diaspora Studies and more recently developed a graduate Certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies. We revamped our University Core Curriculum course offerings, our Gordon Rule-Writing Intensive courses, and developed a number of Global Learning courses. We began offering most of our undergraduate certificates’ course offerings online. We maintained and improved the FIU, local, national, and international reputations of the Program by developing and maintaining an up-to-date website, by organizing a number of events of interest to FIU, local, national, and international communities we serve and are engaged with (conferences, symposia, roundtables, film projections, etc.). We kept the Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture Series going (we just had our 17th lecture in October 2015). We revived the Chris Gray Memorial Lecture Series (Please click on the link and scroll), with lectures focusing on continental Africa. As we integrated SIPA, the house of the Social Sciences at FIU, we created the AADS Humanities Afternoon (Please click on the link and scroll), which has for objective to maintain AADS’s many linkages to the Humanities. We created a summer Study Abroad Program to Senegal and The Gambia (Senegal & The Gambia: Traditions, Globalization, and Tourism in West Africa), during which FIU students took a course of Introduction to Wolof Language and Culture, along with a course of Anthropology of Globalization. We successfully went through our second program review. After one failed attempt, we successfully submitted a Title VI-Undergraduate International and Foreign Languages (UISFL) grant proposal entitled “Expanding and Developing African Studies at Florida International University.” We were awarded the grant by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2014. That grant is currently unfolding as we are at work to reach a number of deliverables: •Hiring two part-time language instructors (Swahili and Wolof). •Funding the participation of language instructors in an intensive workshop organized for professional development in African Language instruction. •Acquisition of required teaching materials for Swahili and Wolof courses of instruction. •Supporting faculty development by funding research trips to continental Africa each year. •Funding for new acquisitions to expand library holdings on Africa. •Developing at least seven new continental Africa-focused courses in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences. 4|Page
•Providing a $1,500.00 stipend to each of five students every year for participation in our existing study abroad program in Senegal and The Gambia. •Organizing and hosting two workshop seminars (one per year) for FIU and South Florida community college faculty in curriculum development and the teaching of courses on continental Africa. •The organization, development and co-hosting with Miami-Dade County and Broward County public schools of four teacher workshops during the two years of the grant to develop competence and training aimed at deepening and widening course contents on continental Africa. Thanks to this grant, we have already begun offering two levels of courses in Swahili and Wolof on FIU’s main Modesto Maidique campus. We have prepared, under the leadership of the Swahili instructor, Professor Zablon Mgonja, a study abroad program to Zanzibar, which is offered to FIU and local students this coming summer 2016. We will be able to fund at least five scholarships for this study abroad program. A number of new continental Africa-focused undergraduate courses are being developed. We created a Work-in-Progress series to allow for AADS Core and Affiliate Faculty to present the work they are currently working on to receive multi- and inter-disciplinary feedback. We continued the tradition of holding Welcome Back receptions at the beginning of every fall semester, during which AADS faculty members and new graduate students introduce themselves and share some conviviality. Remaining Challenges In July 2008, the MA in ANWS was on the State of Florida University System Board of Governors’ List of Low Performing Degree Programs. We elected to attempt to get off that list by creating three combined MA/Ph.D. programs. The rationale behind this decision was that it was university policy to attempt to increase the number of Ph.D. graduation. By creating these combined programs we would both contribute to the increase of the number of Ph.D. graduations at the same time as we would also increase enrollment in our MA program. We did indeed manage to attract students who I don’t think would have thought about FIU for their graduate studies if it weren’t for their participation in the combined programs we offer. I and the AADS Steering Committee are very proud of our Program and of the strides we have made in recent years in several areas, including MA graduations and enrollments. As our combined MA in AADS/Ph.D. programs in Global and Sociocultural Studies (with Majors in the disciplines of anthropology, geography or sociology), Atlantic History or International Relations progressively became better known (the last one came into existence in 2010), we received an increasing number of queries and actual applications. Preoccupied to maintain academic quality, we have been selective in our admission process. The actual progress indicated in the table above obviously points towards a steady graduation rate increase. We expect to graduate three more students for the Summer 2015-Spring 2016 period, which should bring a total of four graduations for that time period. This fall semester 2015, we have welcomed 6 new students in our MA program (see the tables below). These students should all be graduating during the period Summer 2016-Spring 2017. The data about actual graduations (2014-2015) and the expected graduations for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 show an improvement from the graduations from earlier periods (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014).
AADS Graduates 2010-2015 Time Period Name
Term Summer 2010-Spring 2011
Spring 2011 Summer 2011-Spring 2012
-Christina Bazzaroni -Sarah Labbe -Sabrina Collins -Jameel Barnes
Summer 2011 Summer 2011 Spring 2012 Spring 2012 Summer 2012-Spring 2013
-Fiacre Bienvenu -Charles May
Spring 2013 Spring 2013 Summer 2013-Spring 2014
-Jheanell Haynes -Felix Jean-Louis -Danielle Black
Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Spring 2014 Summer 2014-Spring 2015
-Martina Louis -Abby Gondek -Tonya St. Julien -Masonya Bennett -Aysha Preston
Summer 2014 Spring 2015 Spring 2015 Spring 2015 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Six Fall 2015 Incoming Students Stand alone MA in AADS -Cordelia Jones -Santiel Chambers MA in AADS/PhD in GSS -Kemar McIntosh MA in AADS/PhD in IR -Sharlia Gulley -Graham Palmateer MA in AADS/PhD in HIS -Ayinde Madzimoyo
It is our conviction that the BOG should have given us more time to assess our MA program following the major curriculum changes we introduced for the creation of our three combined MA/Ph.D. programs in 2009 and in 2010. We appreciate the limited patience of the BOG and are now willing to adopt additional curriculum changes suggested by the FIU administration to satisfy the BOG. We only hope that the BOG will now give us a clear, unambiguous, and realistic timeline for the implementation of these additional curriculum changes, which will most certainly need several more years before producing the positive results expected. We have changed the curriculum of our stand-alone MA in AADS program from 36 credits over two academic year to 30 credits over three terms (10 credits in fall, 10 credits in spring, and 10 credits in summer C). We are currently preparing the proposal to offer our MA in AADS entirely online beginning in the fall 2017. We hope to submit this proposal for approval in early spring 2016. And also, I would like to Kemar McIntosh, a student in the combined MA/PhD in African and African Diaspora Studies and Global & Sociocultural Studies, for putting the newsletter together. Jean Muteba Rahier Professor of Anthropology Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies
Director of Graduate Programs Statement Dear AADS Community, As the incoming Graduate Program Director, I must first acknowledge the efforts of my predecessor, Dr. Alexandra Cornelius. An invaluable member of AADS core faculty, she has worked tirelessly to strengthen African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU through, among other things, recruiting and selecting excellent candidates, providing leadership around improving graduate education, and supporting our graduate students in a multitude of ways. She has left very big shoes to fill and I only hope that all will be patient with me as I attempt to grow my feet. It is with tremendous gratitude that I also acknowledge Jean Muteba Rahier as he completes his final months in the position of AADS Program Director. A prolific and internationally renowned scholar, Dr. Rahier has been at the helm of the program for nearly eight years, during which time he has demonstrated an almost dizzying capacity to take on formidable challenges and propel the program to new heights. His vision, energy, and commitment are evident in the many milestones that he has achieved for the program. These include, but are not limited to, the program name change and move from BBC to MMC in 2008, the establishment of three combined MA/PhD programs in addition to new undergraduate and graduate certificates (most notably the certificate in Afro-Latin American Studies), the launching of two study abroad programs in continental Africa, the hiring of three AADS core faculty (myself included) and recruitment of several affiliate faculty, being awarded the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant for the development of African Studies at FIU, and organizing, hosting, and co-sponsoring a number of intellectually generative conferences, symposia, and lecture series. Dr. Rahier has managed to do all of this while attending to the innumerable administrative duties that are the daily bread of Program Director, giving service to the university outside of AADS as well as to the profession, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, and publishing two books, two edited volumes, and over twenty articles, book chapters, and reviews. His tremendous productivity in addition to his ability to advocate for the Program while navigating the often times rough waters of university politics has left many of us in awe. I have taken the reins of Graduate Program Director at a moment of great transition for The African and African Diaspora Studies Program, one that in some respects foreshadows changes within the university and wider academy. In addition to the upcoming change in leadership, the Board of Governors’ assessment of our program as “low performing,” in spite of our significant and successful efforts to increase our enrollment and graduation rates, means that more curriculum changes are afoot! While it is unfortunate that this mandate is coming from a distorted evaluation of AADS’s contribution and worth to the university and the State of Florida, this 8|Page
situation has inspired me to make lemonade out of lemons. As the GDP, I will seize this as an opportunity to broaden our capacity to educate those seeking a degree in AADS in order to fulfill their professional and personal goals. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, I joined FIU as an Assistant Professor in Global and Sociocultural Studies and African and African Diaspora Studies in 2009. In my time as a core AADS faculty member, I have become even more invested in creating a dynamic intellectual environment that nurtures interdisciplinarity, provides a space for rich collegial exchange, and produces rigorous scholarship on Africa and the African Diaspora. Our graduate program and the students we have the honor and responsibility to support as they pursue their goals are integral to such an environment. I would like each student who enters, moves through, and completes our program to emerge not only having engaged and mastered the principal questions and debates that lay at the center of African and African Diaspora Studies, but also better prepared to offer their own unique contribution to the field. As we know, this is a field that, from its inception, has been squarely situated within struggles for social equality and uniquely positioned to push our transforming global landscape in the direction of justice. Perhaps now more than ever, the university, the state, of Florida, and the world beyond need the insights, passion, and skills of graduate students trained in AADS. Sincerely, Andrea Queeley
AADS Graduate Students My name is Graham Palmateer. I am from Toronto, Canada. I hold a BA (History) from Trent University and an MA (History) from Marquette University. I am currently enrolled in the joint MA/PhD in African and African Diaspora Studies and International Relations. My main areas of interest are American foreign relations and Central African politics. My main areas of interest are American foreign relations and Central African politics. More specifically, I am interested in American African affairs interest groups and their political engagements with Africa (from the Cold War to present). My current research focuses on the Clinton Administration and American foreign policy during Africa's so-called "World War."
I am Santiel Chambers, a native of Port St. Joe, Florida. In 2006, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy with a minor in Business from Florida State University. In 2013, I received a Master’s of Applied Social Science from Florida Agricultural &Mechanical University with a concentration in History. I decided to continue my studies at Florida International University in the African and African Diaspora Master’s program with hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in History. I have developed a goal to study and teach a history that provides greater awareness and appreciation for the vast contributions of African Americans to Florida’s history. My aspiration is to discover, archive and illuminate the blended interrelationships of African American, Native American and European histories and preserve African American landmarks and legacies throughout Florida as an enduring public resource for both tourism and education. I have served as Membership Coordinator of the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture, Inc. and Executive Director of the George Washington High Center/Museum of African American My research interests are the following: Haitian History & Culture, Dynamic Family Relations & Community, African American Religion & African Religion, and Heritage Tourism in relation to the African Diaspora.
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My name is Cordelia Jones; and I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2010 with a scholarship from The Bernard Osher Foundation 2008-2010. I graduated Magna cum-laude. My research interests are with the urban community and my thesis paper for which I won the opportunity to present to colleagues, faculty and staff at Morgan is entitled: "Urban Renewal: The Decline of Inner-City Community Centers and the Impact on African American Males". I am currently employed by Gulfstream Goodwill as Shift Supervisor for the Philip D. Lewis Homeless Resource Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. I have worked for Gulfstream Goodwill for approximately four and a half years, originally as Program Manager for Youth Services, until the grant funding ended which resulted in my current position. I have a passion for Jamaica (traveling alone in 2005 and 2006). Currently I have volunteer and travel (2016 will be year 3) extensively to assist the poverty-stricken community of Petersfield, Jamaica assisting the Joseph and Vera Douglas Foundation. I am a member of several organizations: Association of Black Social Workers- member, Open Heart Ministry - Board President, the Lake Worth Interfaith Network - Board Secretary and the Joseph and Vera Douglas Foundation â€“ member. I am also the mother of 5 wonderful adults who give me love and support and a grandmother of 9 - my oldest granddaughter studying at SUNY Purchase majoring in theatre. I am Sharlia Gulley. I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Politics and International Relations, combined with the pursuit of a Masterâ€™s in African and African Diaspora studies. I graduated from California State University-Los Angeles with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Pan African Studies. I was a primary organizer for J4TMLA, which later was absorbed into the international Black Lives Matter movement, where I acted as a primary point of contact as well as the lead person for communications. My interests are centered on using art as a catalyst for social and political change and movements. I am also working on uncovering the impact of sociopolitical campaigns, largely orchestrated by the west, and cultural and artistic commonalities in the development of racial identities on the island of Hispaniola. My goal in this work is to alleviate tensions and oppressive policies on the island by highlighting commonalities and shared cultural experiences.
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Ayinde Madzimoyo is from Atlanta, Ga. He is a 2004 graduate of Florida A&M University. Ayinde is the father of 3 powerful sons Addae, Olaniyan, and Anyanwu. He taught high school mathematics in Clayton County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, for 6 years. Ayindeâ€™s broad research interests include themes of migration, memory, and resistance that pervade the histories of African descendant peoples.
I am Kemar McIntosh. I earned a B.A. in Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. I began an M.A. program in Philosophy at Stony Brook University before coming to Florida International University, where I am currently enrolled in the combined M.A. in African & African Diaspora Studies and Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies program. As an undergraduate student I was a scholar-activist at the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College, interned at Zenith-Optimedia and the Hetrick-Martin Institute, where I worked on social justice projects and helped with redesigning administrative modules. I was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and participated in fundraising and consciousness raising events such as the Empire State Pride Agenda, where I advocated for policy reforms to better prevent and also respond to the homelessness of LGBTQ youth in New York. I recently had the privilege of being a panelist at the Time to Thrive Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I spoke about the intersectional marginalization of LGBTQ youth of color. As for my dissertation project, I will be exploring queer politics in the Caribbean from an intersectional standpoint. Broadly, my research interests entail queer theory, colonial and postcolonial theories, feminist political ecology and critical race theory. After completing the Ph.D., I intend to either work for an NGO concerned with international human rights or become a lecturer.
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I am Nathan Seely. I am originally from Shepherd, Michigan, a small town of approximately 2,500 people. I decided to attend Saginaw Valley State University, where I first planned to be a physical therapist. After changing my major multiple times, I finally found my true calling with history after being inspired by multiple history professors at Saginaw Valley. After a short four years at SVSU, I graduated in May of 2014 with my Bachelor’s degree in history. I plan to focus my attention on African American history, as I believe the narrative of this history is truly unique and all peoples can learn valuable lessons by studying it. This history also allows one to understand American society today at a much deeper level, and perhaps some of today’s issues can be solved with greater understanding. I was blessed with the opportunity to pursue my career goals at Florida International University when admitted to the joint MA/PhD program in African and African Diaspora Studies and History. During my time here at FIU, I plan to focus my research on the structure of the African American family throughout the United States’ history. I hope that in doing this, American society will come to a greater understanding of underprivileged groups and individuals. I am excited to continue my journey here at Florida International University, and am excited to see where the future will take me. Go Panthers!
My name is Lea Murray. I was born in Berkeley, CA. I am a full time Masters student in the African and African Diaspora Studies Program. I earned a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science and an M.P.H. in Public Health Nutrition--both at U. C. Berkeley. I am interested in volunteer tourism and heritage tourism. I am particularly interested in Volunteer Tourism and its effect on the black identity of orphans as most volunteer tourists who visit orphanages are white and female. Children in orphanages tend to associate "help"/service with whiteness. I have volunteered in Kingston, Jamaica and Port Au Prince, Haiti. In both instances where I volunteered and was the only black female volunteer, the children shunned me and literally threw themselves onto the white volunteers. Eventually the children warmed up to me, even if only with hesitation. These experiences have prompted me to study the research question "What Color is help.”
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My name is Tanisha Ingram and I am originally from the DC Metropolitan Area. I am a recent graduate from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where I earned a B.A. in Africana Studies and Sociology. As the product of two Jamaican-born immigrants living in the United States, my research interests include outlining the push and pull factors that result in the migration patterns of West Indians and how the various identities of second generation Caribbean immigrants to the U.S. contributes to a collective and rearticulated Caribbeandiasporic consciousness.
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AADS Undergraduate Students My name is TruLe'sia Newberry, and I am a senior seeking an International Relations & Political Science Dual-Degree student with a minor in Social Welfare and certificates in Global Black Studies, African Studies, Leadership Studies, Leadership Development, Law Ethics & Society, and Human Rights & Political Transitions. I served as one of the Undergraduate Representatives of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program my freshman year. In 2012-13 I've had the pleasure of working with the Black Student Union council, Black Female Development Circle, Inc., Golden Key Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda, NAACP, and Strong Women, Strong Girls throughout my years at FIU. This year, I work in the Women's Center as the Program Assistant and as the Campus Recruitment Ambassador for City Year. My passions include being an advocate for educational reform to establish educational justice for communities of color, being a voice to end poverty as a Real Change Fellow with RESULTS, and empowering women & girls worldwide as the Founding President for the United States National Committee for UN Women at FIU, and community organizing for the FIU SquaDD of Dream Defenders. Participation as an AADS certificate student has equipped me with the education & curriculum to be able to engage in conversations, programs, and actions to establish Black Solidarity within the FIU campus & Miami-Dade Community. In May 2016, I will be graduating, interning for the Congressional Black Caucus in the summer, serving as a core member of the City Year Miami team until May 2017, and then departing for the Peace Corps in August 2017. I hope that by the time I return AADS will have an undergraduate degree available for future students. Esi Fynn-Obeng is a senior here at Florida International University, double majoring in Communication Arts and Sociology. She represents one of FIU's many Black Student Leaders and most importantly, Black Activists on campus. She's a proud Pan-Africanist woman who strives and advocates for the liberation and empowerment of Black people. She stands as the founding and current president of the African Student Organization, a social/cultural organization founded two and a half years ago in attempt to build cultural ties among students of the African Diaspora while facilitating the education of African culture.
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AADS Graduate Student Association The GSA is a student-led organization that allows graduate students to get together, share ideas, and plan programs of interest in the department of AADS program. Some of the events we are in the process of organizing and plan to attend for this academic year are: Big Night in Little Haiti event AADS Themed Film Screenings Hip Hop as Literature event
The 2015-2016 AADS-GSA is led under the direction of: Nathan Seely, President Sharlia Gulley, Treasurer Santiel Chambers, CSO Representative Elections will be held in Spring 2017 for the following
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AADS Alumni Spotlight AADS would like to congratulate Ms. Angela E. Roe on winning the prestigious Premio Boeli van Leeuwen award for her documentary, Sombra di Kolo/ The Shadow of Color, produced and now receiving national recognition in Curacao. The documentary addresses the silenced effects of racial power relations in Curacao, and seeks to revive conversations about the ways race mediates the lived realities of many Curacaoans. Ms. Roe is also a PhD candidate in the Global and Sociocultural Studies program, and will be defending her dissertation in the spring. Angela was generous enough to share what the award certificate captures about her seminal work on the discourse surrounding race relations in Curacao as the following: "As proposed by the independent Jury and the Board of Advisers in this, and based on the decision of the Council of Ministers of Curaรงao d.d. 2 sept 2015, the government of Curaรงao awards Ms. drs. Angela E. Roe the Premio Willem. C. J. (Boeli) van Leeuwen 2015 for her original, inspiring, vision widening, interactive, and at times perhaps confronting scientific research activities regarding the experience of race and skin color in Curaรงao in particular. She does this among others through her directed documentary film "Sombra di Kolรณ". Her work makes it possible to address still concealed taboos around ethic relations in our community, comparable to an important part of Boeli van Leeuwen's work. One of the goals of Ms. Roe in this is to contribute to "social healing and enhancement of nation building," which are themes that were also most dear to Boeli van Leeuwen."
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AADS Alumni I am Abby Gondek. I completed my MA in African and African Diaspora Studies in May 2015. I successfully defended an exit paper entitled: Placing Ruth Landes Within Afro-Brazilian Studies: The Debates about 'Black Matriarchy,' 1930-1950 and Contemporary Critiques. I am currently in my third year of the Global and Socio-cultural Studies PhD program. I am currently taking Ethnohistorical Research Methods with Dr. Dennis Wiedman and Race, Gender and Sexuality: Entanglements Across Time and Space with Dr. Vrushali Patil. For Ethnohistorical Research Methods I am working on a final project using NVivo that explores what happened to two-thirds of the objects in the Ruth Landes ethnology collection at the National Museum of Natural History. I learned about the Ruth Landes ethnology collection and the loss of objects as part of my participation in the Smithsonian Institute in Museum Anthropology in the Summer of 2014. For Dr. Patilâ€™s course, I am working on my dissertation proposal and comprehensive exam preparation. My tentative dissertation title is: Trans-national, trans-racial, and trans-discipline networks between women scholars in the social sciences and the colonial/imperial project, 1930s-1960s. I am Aysha Preston. I am a third year student in the joint MA/PhD African and African Diaspora Studies and Global and Sociocultural Studies program. I completed the AADS Master's requirements in July 2015. My predissertation proposal was titled: Redefining "Baby Mama": Challenging Stereotypes Among Black Single Mothers in Washington, DC. After spending the summer at the Smithsonian Institution as a Predoctoral Research Fellow for the National Museum of American History, my research interests have slightly changed. I want to gain a deeper understanding of how black single mothers position themselves as members of the middle class through material culture against dominate narratives of middle class being of the nuclear family type. I hope to use my doctoral research to add representations of black women, the black middle class, and single mothers in museum exhibits.
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I am Masonya Bennett. I am from Morven, North Carolina. I completed my M.A in African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU in the fall of 2015. I also have a M.A in Latin American studies as well as a B.A in Africana and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As part of the joint M.A/Ph.D. program in AADS and Global and Sociocultural Studies, my research explores the experiences of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino immigrants in Charlotte, N.C. I look at the ways in which particular spaces of consumption, such as beauty salons, boutiques and restaurants shape/reshape black subjectivity and collective identity among these groups and African Americans.
I am Tonya St. Julien. I am a PhD student in the combined African and African Diaspora Studies MA/PhD in History program at Florida International University. In 2009, she was awarded the Posse Foundation Scholarship and received her B.A. in Anthropology (2013) at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her research interests include Atlantic and twentieth century Haitian history, particularly the golden age of Haitian tourism. Tonya is a McNair Graduate Fellow.
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AADS Staff As the Office Assistant for the program, Reyni Valerio provides support for planning and executing marketing campaigns, the undergraduate and graduate academic programs, event logistics, the monthly e-digest, the website, and much more. Ms. Valerio is currently pursuing a Master of International Business with a specialization in business in Latin America. She also volunteer at her church. She enjoys living in South Florida, especially this time of the year!
Abeer Albarghouthi is pursuing a Biomedical Engineering Major. This is her first year as an AADS office assistant. One of her goals as a student is to expand her knowledge in the different departments here at FIU so that she can know how to succeed during her college years. She hopes to ultimately benefit from this experience personally and professionally.
Ada Salgado is a freshman nursing major. She is Honduran. Her goal is to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. This is her first year as a student worker with AADS. She loves pepperoni pizza and chocolate.
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AADS Core and Affiliate Faculty Core Faculty Jean Rahier, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Africana &African Diaspora Studies Jean-Robert Cadely, Associate Professor of Linguistics & Modern Languages and African & African Diaspora Studies Alexandra Cornelius, Lecturer of History and African & African Diaspora Studies, Graduate Program Director of African & African Diaspora Studies Hilary Jones, Associate Professor of History and African & African Diaspora Studies. Andrea Queeley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African & African Diaspora Studies Okezi Otovo, Assistant Professor of History and African & African Diaspora Studies
Affiliate Faculty Iqbal Akhtar, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies Pascale Becel, Associate Professor of French and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages Ferial Maya Boutaghou, Assistant Professor of French and Women Studies Steven R. Blevins, Assistant Professor of English Lakhdar Boukerrou, Regional Director of FIU GLOWS Phillip Carter, Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics John Clark, Professor of International Relations Danielle Clealand, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations Erin Damman, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations Nandini Dhar, Professor of English Annette B. Fromm, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Museum Studies Jenna Gibbs, Assistant Professor of History Percy C. Hintzen, Professor of Sociology Tometro Hopkins, Associate Professor of English and Linguistics Assefa Melesse, Associate Professor of Earth and Environment April Merleaux, Assistant Professor of History Aurora Morcillo, Professor of History Roderick Neumann, Professor of Geography and Chair of Global and Sociocultural Studies Ulrich Oslender, Assistant Professor of Geography Mark Padilla, Associate Professor of Anthropology Alpesh Patel, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art and Theory and Director of the MFA Program in Visual Arts 21 | P a g e
Vrushali Patil, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies Tudor Parfitt, Research Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs; President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies, Department of Religious Studies Valerie Patterson, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Administration David Rifkind, Associate Professor of Architecture Heather Russell, Associate Professor of English Shimelis Setegn, Program Executive Officer, GLOWS, Assistant Professor of Research, EOH Vicky Silvera, Head, Special Collections, University Archivist, Curator Linda Spears-Bunton, Associate Professor of Education Curriculum & Instruction Derrick Scott, Instructor of Geographic Information Systems/Geography and Social Sciences, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies Ryan Stoa, Deputy Director - Global Water for Sustainability Program, Fellow in Water Law and Policy - College of Law Alex Stepick, Professor of Anthropology Juan Torres-Pou, Associate Professor of Spanish Chantalle F. Verna, Associate Professor of History and International Relations Eric Von Wettberg, Assistant Professor of Biology Donna Weir-Soley, Assistant Professor of English Kirsten Wood, Associate Professor of History Albert Wuaku, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Adjunct Faculty Mariama Jaiteh Jasminder Kaur Noelle Theard
Graduate Committee Jean Cadely, Professor of Anthropology and Director of African and African Diaspora Studies Alexandra Cornelius, Lecturer of History and African & African Diaspora Studies Andrea Queeley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Graduate Program Director for African & African Diaspora Studies Jean Rahier, Professor of Anthropology and Director of African & African Diaspora Studies
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Hilary Jones, Associate Professor of History and African & African Diaspora Studies Okezi Otovo, Assistant Professor of History and African & African Diaspora Studies Valerie Patterson, Clinical Associate Professor Albert Wuaku, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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AADS Language Instructors Samba Camara is a PhD Candidate at The Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts, and his current dissertation is entitled, Performing Postcolonial Nationhood: Islamic Poetry, Popular Music, and the Negotiation of a Tolerant Muslim Culture in Senegal. Mr. Camara holds an MA degree in International Studies from Ohio University and is a graduate of Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal) where he obtained his Licence d’Anglais (BA) in 2008, Maîtrise d’Anglais (MA) in 2009, and D.E.A Etudes Américaines (pre-doctoral degree) in 2010. As a Wolof language instructor and former Fulbright scholar, he holds a Second Cycle Language Teaching Certificate (CAEM) from Dakar’s FASTEF Teacher Training College (ex-École Normale Supérieure de Dakar). Mr. Camara’s areas of research include African Arts and Literature, Postcolonialism and Modernity theories, African Performance, Art Expressions in the Muslim world, and Global Islam. As an interdisciplinary scholar of Africa, Mr. Camara’s research investigates aspects of African culture where art, literature, and performance intersect in peoples’ negotiations for new subjectivities and postcolonial identities. In his study of contemporary African arts, Mr. Camara approaches local creativity in Africa in relation to historical modes of inter-influence with non-African geographies. He perceives these ‘new spaces of artistic creativity’ as crucial for understanding the discourse of modernity in African arts and aesthetics as well as Africa’s cultural relations with the West and the Muslim world. Zablon Mgonja has backgrounds in African Languages and Literature, Linguistics and language Instructional material design. Zablon is a graduate of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Eastern Africa- Baraton in Kenya, and a recipient of thee Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship at Fisk University in Nashville, TN. He currently teaches Elementary Swahili and several other African and African Diaspora Studies courses. His research interest is in the study of endangered languages of Tanzania and is currently focusing on Chasu, his mother tongue, spoken around the Mount Kilimanjaro area of Tanzania. As part of this work, Zablon has published a paper on the consonant system of the same language and a book titled “the Phonotactics of Southern Chasu”. His future plan is to digitize the language so future generations may access it. 24 | P a g e
AADS Core Faculty Spotlight Andrea Queeley is a cultural anthropologist who seeks to expand and deepen critical understandings of the global black experience with a geographic focus on the Americas. Her work contributes to a broader and interdisciplinary inquiry into how racialized subjects negotiate structural inequalities in contexts of political, economic, social, and environmental crisis. Her publications on this subject include: Rescuing Our Roots: the African Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba (University Press of Florida, In Press, expected November 2015), a monograph based upon field research she conducted in eastern Cuba; six articles in peer-reviewed journals, five of which are sole-authored; and two original book chapters in edited volumes. An active Caribbeanist scholar, one of Dr. Queeley’s current projects is situated in New Orleans and focuses on themes of displacement and cultural citizenship in the still-unfolding aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has shared her research at over twenty-five professional conferences, workshops, and community symposia and served as the Associate Editor of Transforming Anthropology. Dr. Queeley’s formal training as a social scientist began at Brown University where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Afro-American Studies, which included study abroad at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She then gained experience applying her academic training in psychology to the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this phase of her career, she began to explore African diasporic cultural politics with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean through studying Afro-Haitian dance, training capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art, and traveling to Cuba where she first encountered black Cubans of Anglo-Caribbean origin. Inspired to pursue graduate education in the field of cultural anthropology, she entered the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, from which she earned her Ph.D. in 2007. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Queeley embarked upon a two-year Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship at Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in New Orleans. Recently promoted to associate professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Dr. Queeley has been a fully engaged member of the FIU faculty. She has taught 9 separate undergraduate and graduate courses, including the core courses in AADS and two online courses that she developed. As an AADS core faculty member, she has served on several permanent and ad hoc committees, and is currently coordinating the AADS Works-in-Progress series. She has served on seventeen M.A. and Ph.D. student committees both within and outside of her units, and received the 2012 Faculty Appreciation Award from the GSS and AADS Graduate Student Associations. 25 | P a g e
Over the summer, Dr. Otovo participated in a number of important academic events. She attended the Latin American Studies Association annual conference, held in San Juan, PR, where she presented her paper, "Pela Humanização do Parto: A Historical Look at Race, Childbirth, and Black Female Citizenship." In May and June, she was an invited speaker for two panels sponsored by HistoryMiami in partnership with the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the North Miami Regional Library on "Haiti and the Reverberation of Freedom." Dr. Otovo has just published an article "Marrying 'Well:' Debating Consanguinity, Matrimonial Law, and Brazilian Legal Medicine, 1890-1930" in the Law and History Review 33:3 (August 2015). In September, she was invited to present her research in Brazil at the seminar "Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies," jointly hosted by the University of São Paulo and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. See http://research.ncl.ac.uk/motheringslaves/events/saopaulo/. She presented a paper on "Black Maternity as Political Risk: Abolition, Reproduction, and Republicanism Compounded,” which was taken from her forthcoming book, Progressive Mothers, Better Babies: Race, Public Health, and the State in Brazil, 1850-1945 (University of Texas Press, May 2016). Dr. Otovo also recently gave an interview on race and education in Brazil for the article "Color Struck" by Autumn Arnett that has just appeared in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (September 24, 2015).
Dr. Alexandra Cornelius earned her BA at Hunter College, City University of New York; MA in History at Purdue University, and Ph.D. In American History at Washington University, St. Louis. Cornelius has served as the Graduate Program Director in African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University (FIU), and will begin in Fall 2015 her term as the Associate Chair in FIU’s Department of History. She teaches courses in African American Intellectual History, Race, Gender and Science in the Atlantic World, and Social Movements in Modern United States History. Her work explores the ways African American women writers and intellectuals have engaged social scientific theories about black family life in urban settings. Cornelius’s most recent publication is “ ‘A Taste of the Lash of Criticism’: Racial Progress, SelfDefense, and Christian Intellectual Thought in the Work of Amelia E. Johnson.” in Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women Mia Bay, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Martha Jones, and Barbara Savage eds. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015. In April 2015, Cornelius also was invited to participate in the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s grant sponsored symposium
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titled “Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies” held at Newcastle University, UK. Trained in social and cultural history of sub-Saharan Africa, Hilary Jones’ research and teaching aims to better understand the relationship between Africa, Europe and the Americas. She focuses on histories of power and politics, comparative race and slavery, women and gender, and modern empire. Jones obtained the Ph.D. in African History from Michigan State University with minor field studies in Comparative Black History and African Art History. Her first monograph, The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa (Indiana University Press, 2013) is the first English language book to analyze the society and culture of Senegal’s métis population, a mixed-race community on the West coast of Africa that emerged in the era of the transatlantic slave trade. Jones is the author of three articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as three book chapters, book reviews and contributions to reference works. Her translation and analysis of a runaway slave testimony from late nineteenth century Senegal appears in the edited volume African Voices of Slavery and the Slave Trade, Volume 1: The Sources (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In November, Jones’ review of Africans in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida) appeared in the Journal of American Studies Vol. 34, no. 3 (2014).Currently, Hilary Jones is Associate Editor for the Journal of West African History, an interdisciplinary journal of cutting edge research on issues such as gender, sexuality, religion, political economy, and West Africa’s Diaspora. The inaugural issue of this new peer-review journal, published by Michigan State University Press, debuted in March 2015 and volume 1, issue 2 appeared in September of this year. In January, Jones travelled to The University of Chicago at the invitation of the African Studies Workshop where she commented on a doctoral dissertation in progress about women, gender and colonial citizenship in the twentieth century French empire. Jones returned to University of Chicago in May 2015 to participate in the symposium, “Color in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” where she presented a paper on discourses of race, class, and skin color in precolonial Senegambian society. A member of the African Studies Association, Jones collaborated with historian Nwando Achebe to organize a two-panel session for the annual meeting. The panels brought together scholarly papers in honor of Claire Robertson, an eminent historian of women and gender in Africa. Jones chaired one panel and presented a paper entitled, “Métissage in French West Africa and Orphanages for `Abandoned Children’ in early twentieth century Senegal.” In May, Hilary Jones participated in the Caribbean Studies Association meeting held in New Orleans, Louisiana. She delivered a paper on West African workers on the French Panama Canal project. During the last academic year, Hilary Jones taught two graduate seminars (Colonial Africa and Race in Comparative Historical Perspective), the face-to-face undergraduate survey, AFH 2000: African Civilizations, a Junior Seminar for History Majors on African Gender History, and an upper division course on Africa before 1800. In addition, Jones worked to develop new course offerings. In collaboration with Dr. Alexandra Cornelius (History and AADS), Jones received a Global Learning Faculty Development grant to offer a new course called “Blacks in Paris: African 27 | P a g e
Americans and the African Diaspora in the City of Light.” The Global Learning Fellowship provided financial support for Jones and doctoral student, Tonya St. Julien, to participate in the Caribbean Studies Association meeting. Travel to New Orleans, allowed Jones and St. Julien to conduct research in Tulane University’s Hogan Jazz Archive towards an article about teaching about African American musicians in twentieth century Paris through the biographies of New Orleans musician Sidney Bechet and dancer and singer, Josephine Baker. The Certificate for African Studies Faculty Committee awarded Jones a Mini Grant for FIU Faculty Continental Africa-Focused Course Development for a course that she proposed entitled History of Postcolonial Africa. Pending approval by the university curriculum committee, this upper division, Global Learning History Course will be offered in academic year 2016-2017. In terms of professional service, Jones has served as an elected member of the board of directors of the West African Research Association for three years. She has decided to stand for re-election for a second term. In this capacity, Jones has worked to garner support for the only professional association of scholars in the U.S. dedicated to research on the social sciences and humanities of West Africa. WARA collaborates with its counterpart organization, comprised of West African based researchers, and supports activities of its affiliate center in Dakar, Senegal called the West African Research Center. Jones has most recently served on the board’s fellowship committee.
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Faculty Accomplishments: Published Works Based on Andrea J. Queeley's fieldwork in Santiago and Guantánamo, Rescuing Our Roots looks at local and regional identity formations as well as racial politics in revolutionary Cuba. Queeley argues that, as the island experienced a resurgence in racism due in part to the emergence of the dual economy and the reliance on tourism, AngloCaribbean Cubans revitalized their communities and sought transnational connections not just in the hope of material support but also to challenge the association between blackness, inferiority, and immorality. Their desire for social mobility, political engagement, and a better economic situation operated alongside the fight for black respectability. Unlike most studies of black Cubans, which focus on Afro-Cuban religion or popular culture, Queeley's penetrating investigation offers a view of strategies and modes of black belonging that transcend ideological, temporal, and spatial boundaries. And an additional review posits that her work “Provides invaluable insight into the histories and lives of Cubans who trace their origins to the Anglo-Caribbean.”—Robert Whitney, author of State and Revolution in Cuba: Mass Mobilization and Political Change, 1920–1940
Dr. Andrea Jean Queeley is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies at FIU. Her research interests include Caribbean migration, Cuba, African diaspora, race, social inequality, black popular culture, and anthropological fieldwork.
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According Heather Russellâ€™s co-authored work, Rihanna is arguably the most commercially successful Caribbean artist in history. She is Barbadian and has been unwavering in publicly articulating her national and regional belonging. Still, there have been varied responses to Rihannaâ€™s ascendancy, among both Barbadians and the wider Caribbean community. The responses reveal as much about our own national and regional anxieties as they do about the artist herself. The boundarytransgressing, cultural icon Rihanna is subject to anxieties about her body language and latitude from her global audiences as well; however, the essays in this collection purposely seek to de-center the dominance of the Euro-American gaze, focusing instead on considerations of the Caribbean artist and her oeuvre from a Caribbean postcolonial corpus of academic inquiry. This collection brings together US- and Caribbeanbased scholars to discuss issues of class, gender, sexuality, race, culture and economy. Using the concept of diasporic citizenship as a theoretical frame, the authors intervene in current questions of national and transnational circuits of exchange as they pertain to the commoditization and movement of culture, knowledge, values and identity. The contributors approach the subjects of Rihanna, globalization, gender and sexuality, commerce, transnationalism, Caribbean regionalism, and Barbadian national identity and development from different disciplinary and at times radically divergent perspectives. At the same time, they collectively work through the limitations, possibilities and promise of our best Caribbean imaginings. Since arriving at FIU in 2003, Dr. Heather Russellâ€™s research and teaching interests have focused on the intersections of race, gender, class, postcoloniality, and genre. Her research has primarily examined narrative form and its relationship to configurations of national/racial identities.
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In The Geographies of Social Movements Ulrich Oslender proposes a critical place perspective to examine the activism of black communities in the lowland rain forest of Colombia's Pacific coast region. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in and around the town of Guapi, Oslender examines how the work of local community councils, which have organized around newly granted ethnic and land rights since the early 1990s, is anchored to space and place. Exploring how residents' social relationships are entangled with the region's rivers, streams, swamps, rain, and tides, Oslender argues that this "aquatic space"â€”his conceptualization of the mutually constitutive relationships between people and their rain forest environmentâ€”provides a local epistemology that has shaped the political process. Oslender demonstrates that social mobilization among Colombia's Pacific Coast black communities is best understood as emerging out of their placebased identity and environmental imaginaries. He argues that the critical place perspective proposed accounts more fully for the multiple, multi-scalar, rooted and networked experiences within social movements.
Dr. Ulrich Oslender is Assistant Professor of Geography at FIU. His research interests are: critical geopolitics; spaces of resistance and the geographies of social movements (with emphasis on Latin America, particularly Colombia); geopolitical discourses on development, displacement, terror, and the connections between them; political ecology (in particular in tropical rainforest environments); the cultural politics of blackness in Latin America (with emphasis on the AfroColombian experience).
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Study Abroad to Zanzibar, Tanzania African and African Studies Program is very pleased to announce an amazing study abroad program to Zanzibar Tanzania. This fun filled trip gives students an opportunity to stay in the beautiful sunny beach of Africa for 4 weeks. While in Zanzibar, students will have an opportunity to appreciate the cultural diversity of Zanzibar, enjoy their delicious organic foods, go on a Safari and learn Swahili. Students will also have an opportunity to study history of Islam in East Africa. Both classes are practical, fun and will involve visits to various places that will make the knowledge more tangible. Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Itâ€™s winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultanâ€™s palace. There are many other small islands close to Zanzibar, each contributing to the beauty one has to see. This cost effective trip, will take place in Summer B of 2016 i.e. June 27th through August 5th 2016. The Total cost for the program which is an amazing bargain is $ 5255 which includes: Air fare, accommodation, meals, local transportation, entrance to seasonal festivals and guided tour while in Zanzibar. Professor Zablon Mgonja who is a native of Tanzania is in charge of the program and he is very happy to respond to all questions students may have. Good news is that, there are many scholarship opportunities that can help students cover most of the program costs. There are scholarships from AADS, OSA, Gilmans and many others. To enroll in the program, you do not need to have any prerequisites, all you need is a will and determination.
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The Jean Muteba Rahier Afro-Ecuadorian Collection Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, AADS Director and Professor of Anthropology, has donated to the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino (Afro-Andean Archive and Documentary Fund) housed in the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar-Ecuador 103 cassettes recorded as part of his research in Afro-Ecuadorian communities in the Province of Esmeraldas and in the Chota-Mira Valley between 1984 and 2003. The Fondo, a collaborative agreement between the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar- Ecuador (UASB-E) and the collective Procesos de Comunidades Negras (PCN), began in 2002 when the Afro-Ecuadorian historian and community-based leader Juan Garda Salazar placed "in trust" in the UASB-E more than 3,000 hours of taped oral testimonies and over 8,000 photographs compiled in Afro-Ecuadorian communities over a 30 year period. This oral and visual archive, the only one of its kind in Latin America, has continued to grow. Today it serves as an important resource for international and national researchers, educators, and community members. In recognition of Dr. Rahier’s donation and of its substantial contribution, the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino named a special collection within its central archive: "The Jean Muteba Rahier Afro Ecuadorian Collection." They will soon be announcing this special collection on the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar (UASB)'s web page, where they will also publicly express their appreciation for this personal donation and acknowledge the ongoing Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement of International Cooperation between Florida International University and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar-Ecuador. Dr. Rahier is in the process of preparing the donation of his many photographs taken during his 1984-2003 fieldwork. These photographs will soon be donated in digitized format, duly annotated and indexed.
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African & African Diaspora Studies wishes you and yours a happy and safe holiday season! We hope that next year is full of even more wonderful things and look forward to reconvening with all of you at our events, in class, or around campus. May 2016 be your best year yet! Best wishes, African & African Diaspora Studies
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