Pan-African Studies Chair to Speak at Black History Month Symposium at York University

Dr. Amoaba Gooden, chairperson of the Department of Pan-African Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, will speak at the Black Leadership, Partisan Politics & Social Activism Symposium being held at York University in Toronto, Canada on February 8 and 9, 2019.

The symposium will bring together community leaders, activists, academics and students to discuss the limitations and possibilities of political representation and social activism for advancing Black communities. The event opens with a reception and a conversation with David Austin and Dr. Gooden on the evening of February 8, followed by two panels on February 9 featuring invited community activists and organizers.

Dr. Gooden's research focuses on African Caribbean transnational communities; gender, identity and citizenship in the African Diaspora; and African Diaspora social networks as determinants of health. She's served as the Pan-African Studies Department chairperson since 2012 and has been a Kent State faculty member since 2006. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Guelph (Ontario); an M.A. and Ph.D. in African-American Studies from Temple University; and a certificate in Women Studies, also from Temple University. 

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POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:12pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:12pm
Jim Maxwell