Keynote Address:Friday April 13, 2018

Room 214 Oscar Ritchie Hall
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Keynote speaker 2018

Professor Linda James Myers, director of the AAAS Community Extension Center, College of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University


Previous Keynote Speakers 

Keynote Speaker 2016 

Wendy Wilson-Fall, Ph.D. 

Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, an associate professor of Africana  Studies at Lafayette College, will deliver the keynote speech titled “Locating violence; Origins and Geographies”, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 8, following a lunch session in Ritchie Hall, Room 214.  Dr. 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 University and as Director of the West African Research Center (in Dakar), 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.

Keynote Speaker 2014

Horace Campbell is Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University in Syracuse New York. He is a noted Pan African Scholar and writer. From his early years in Jamaica, Campbell has been involved in the Liberation Struggle and in the struggles for peace and justice. From his years in Toronto, Canada to his sojourns in Africa (Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe), the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, he has been an influential force, offering alternatives to the hegemonic ideas of Eurocentrism. In an attempt to theorize new concepts of revolution in the 21st century Horace Campbell has been seeking to popularize the philosophy of ubuntu and to expand on his ideas of fractals and the importance of emancipatory politics. His new book, Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA, is about the centrality of the humanist philosophy of ubuntu to emancipatory politics and the reconceptualization of revolution in the 21st century.

Keynote Speaker 2012

Dr. Sylviane Diouf is an award-winning historian specializing in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, slavery, and migrations. She is the author most recently of Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America (Oxford) which received awards from the American Historical Association, the Alabama Historical Association, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her book Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas (NYU) was named Outstanding Academic Book. She is the editor of Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies (Ohio) and the co-editor of In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (National Geographic). A recipient of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Achievement Award, the Warith Deen Mohammed Award, the Pen and Brush Achievement Award, and the Rosa Parks Award, Dr. Diouf has appeared in several documentaries. She is a Curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.