Hilary Jones to Lecture in Ritchie Hall

The Department of Pan-African Studies welcomes Hilary Jones, assistant professor of West Africa and Africa Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, for a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Room 214, Ritchie Hall.

Jones lecture is titled, “Hybridity and Creole Cultures in West Africa: Urban Life in 19th Century Senegal." Prior to her lecture, there will be a reception and a student exhibit on the upcoming 2012 election on the first floor Gallery Foyer of Ritchie Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Jones’s research interests include 19th century Africa, French colonialism, the francophone Atlantic, histories of power and politics and women, and race and class. She is currently preparing a manuscript titled, The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life, Politics and French Colonialism in 19th Century Africa. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, The Center for African and Afro-American Studies at the University of Michigan, Africana Studies at University of Notre Dame and University of Maryland’s Graduate School.

The lecture is sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council, Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies and Department of History.

For more information, visit www.kent.edu/cas/pas or call 330-672-2300.