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Department of Pan-African Studies Presents Third Biennial Africa and Global Atlantic World Conference

Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies announces its third biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place on April 8. This year's conference is themed "Cultures, Identities and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World" and aims to explore new ways of studying the complex experiences of Africana people worldwide. Registration is now open.

The keynote address, titled “Locating Violence; Origins and Geographies,” will be given at 1 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Room 250, by Wendy Wilson-Fall, Ph.D., an associate professor of Africana Studies at Lafayette College.

Conference activities kickoff on April 7 with a Department of Pan-African Studies open house at noon followed by a reception for "Show Off Your African Wear" starting at 4 p.m. in the Uumbaji Gallery Foyer of Ritchie Hall. To close out the conference, the African Community Theatre will run a special engagement of Carolyn Gage's Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist, directed by Eileen Larson. This 20-minute play features a powerful cast of Kent State students.

Wilson-Fall recently assumed the directorship of the Africana Studies program at Lafayette College.  Previously, she served as chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State and as director of the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, where she served for five years. Wilson-Fall works on themes of identity, culture, local histories and social space. Her research and publishing include both African diaspora and continent-based projects. Her new book, Memories of Madagascar and Slavery in the Atlantic, demonstrates through analysis of contemporary oral histories, as well as historical records, that the descendants of Malagasy slaves maintain African cultural traditions as their lineage.

The conference registration fee is $50 for non-Kent State participants and includes a reception on April 7, and continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on April 8. Conference-only registration (does not include meals) is free for Kent State faculty, staff and students.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit