Villanova University's Africana Studies Program Presents Distinguished Speaker Series Fall 2018

Author, educator and social activist Lorene Cary to speak on Oct. 24

Author, educator and social activist Lorene Cary speaks at Villanova University on Oct. 24.

VILLANOVA, Pa - As it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2019, the Africana Studies Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a rich, innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa and its diaspora communities. In fall 2018, Africana Studies presents a wide range of events showcasing the innovative and integrative intellectual fare that is a hallmark of the program.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 | “Augustine, The African, and The African Church”
4:30 p.m., Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

This panel discussion focuses on St. Augustine and the formation of the African church. This event is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, The Augustinian Institute and Falvey Memorial Library. The panel features:

Melanie Webb, PhD, visiting assistant professor, Augustine and Culture Seminar, Villanova University
"Identifying Augustine: Race and the Task of Theology”
Dr. Webb is a theological social ethicist who studies Augustine and Augustinianism.

Catherine Conybeare, PhD, professor, Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, Bryn Mawr College
"Augustine the African”
Dr. Conybeare’s areas of focus include late antiquity, early Christian studies and contemporary theory.

Shannen Williams, PhD, assistant professor, History, Villanova University
"Encountering the African St. Augustine in the U.S. Church.”
Dr. Webb is an expert on U.S. black Catholic history.

Friday, Sept. 28 | Africana Studies BBQ, Afro-Pop Dance Party with DJ Edward Onaci, PhD
Garey Hall Courtyard, Rain location: Garey Cafe

Edward Onaci, PhD, History, Ursinus College, researches African and African American social movements, modern U.S. history, women’s global political struggles and more. Also known as Brotha Onaci, a DJ and music producer, he is the co-founder of the People’s DJs Collective and Sonic Diaspora. Using popular music and dance, Dr. Onaci highlights conversations and collaborations between peoples of Africa and its diaspora. Food and drinks will be provided.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 | Africana Tuesday Talk: “Return of the Black Knight”
4:30 p.m., Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

The first Tuesday Talk of the semester features Maghan Keita, PhD, professor, History and Global Interdisciplinary Studies and founding director, Africana Studies. His talk centers on African identity at the intersection of medieval and renaissance European. This event, sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 | Ida B Wells Lecture with Lorene Cary: “Fact in Fiction”
7:00 p.m., Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

Lorene Cary, author of the classic memoir Black Ice and the acclaimed novel The Price of A Child, will read from her newest project in her talk, “Fact in Fiction.” This event, sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 | Tuesday talk: “Translating Dad: Faith and Igbo Drama Typology”
4:30 p.m., Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

The second Tuesday Talk features Chiji Akoma, PhD, associate professor, Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies. In “Translating Dad: Faith and Igbo Drama Typology,” Dr. Akoma discusses the oral performance aesthetic that defines Igbo drama and the challenges of transposing that into literary and written drama. This event, sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenging and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.