The Divide that Binds?: African and African American Studies in Conversation
Featuring Professor Sandra Greene
Location: Stanhope Hall 201
Date/Time: 12/09/10 at 12:00 pm - 12/09/10 at 1:30 pm
Lunch will be served. Space is limited to 25 people. RSVP to Jennifer Loessy at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space today!
Over the course of 2010-2011 âThe Divide That Binds?: African and African American Studies in Conversation,â? will bring four distinguished scholars to the Center for African American Studies to discuss the relationship between the two fields and to foster dialogue about what their collective future holds. Drawing on their own diverse experiences, as institution builders, pathbreaking scholars, and disciplinary innovators, our invited guests will address pressing questions about the logics involved in housing African and African American Studies separately or under a single umbrella. In convening this series we also seek to pay homage to the pioneering role that African American scholars and Historically Black Universities played in founding African Studies in the United States. Sandra Greene (Cornell University), Manthia Diawara (New York University), Paul Lovejoy (York University), and Paul Zeleza (Loyola Marymount University) will lead what promises to be a thought provoking and stimulating series of conversations.
Sandra E. Greene is Professor of African History at Cornell University. She is the author of more than twenty-five articles in various journals and edited collections, as well as the author of three books. One of these texts, Gender, Ethnicity and Social Change on the Upper Slave Coast (Heinemann, 1996) examines the history of a community in southeastern Ghana impacted by war, refugee in-migration, and the presence of European traders during the era of the Atlantic slave trade. Her second book, Sacred Sites and the Colonial Encounter (Indiana, 2002) examines the meanings and memories associated with sites of spiritual significance in southeastern Ghana as they shifted and changed during the colonial period. Her third book, West African Narratives of Slavery (Indiana, 2011) examines a life history, two biographies, a diary, and an oral tradition for what they can tell us about how Africans choose to remember and forget their experiences with slavery in West Africa. She is also the editor of African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade with Martin Klein and Alice Bellagamba (Cambrdige, forthcoming). In addition to writing and teaching courses on African history, she has served in a number of administrative positions including President of the African Studies Association.
Department: Center for African American Studies