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Africana Studies Launches Speaker Series with Lectures on Sept. 26

Toyin Falola
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September 22, 2011

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The Africana Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will launch a new speaker series on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, with presentations by prominent Africanist scholars Dr. Toyin Falola and Dr. Ademola Dasylva.

Toyin Falola will speak at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in the School of Informatics, IT Room 265, 535 W. Michigan Road. His topic will be "African Politics and Society in the Contemporary Period."

Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor of History and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author/editor of more than 100 books, the international vice president of the UNESCO Slave Trade Project, and the recipient of more than 20 lifetime achievement awards. He will be the recipient later this year of the African Studies Association's Distinguished Africanist Award.

Ademola Dasylva will speak at 4:30 p.m., on Monday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2011, in Room 268 of the Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. His topic is "A Nation at the Crossroads: Nigeria's Nollywood Film Industry and the Emerging Cultures."

The series will provide opportunities for scholarly discourse by IUPUI students, faculty, and members of the public at large to discuss relevant issues relating to Africa and the regions/communities comprising the African Diaspora. The speaker series will also provide opportunities for students to hear from alumni of the Africana Studies Program at IUPUI and Black Studies/Africana Studies departments in the United States to discuss how their educational training in these departments and programs prepared them for exciting and meaningful careers

Co-sponsors of Monday's events include the Africana Studies Program, the Committee on African and African American Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.

The series is a part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

For additional information about the speaker series, call Professor Bessie House-Soremekun, the director of Africana Studies, at 317-274-5027 or email