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African women's poetry subject of UCR lecture

African women's poetry subject of UCR lecture

(May 7, 2001)

The poetry of African women regarding the slave trade and its aftermath is the subject a talk by Abena P.A. Busia, a Rutgers University English Professor, who is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m., Friday, May 18 in the Humanities Building room 1500 at the University of California, Riverside.

The free talk, which is open to the public, is titled "Resistance, Rebellions, Revelations: Black Women's Poetry as Redemptive History." It will be the sixth in the two-year African Diaspora Lecture Series that examines the ties between Africa and the Americas through the slave trade. The departments of history, English, and the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR sponsor the event.

The Ghanaian-born Busia, a poet and short-story writer, received her Ph.D. in 1984 from St. Anthony's College, Oxford, England. She is currently writing a book titled "Song in a Strange Land: Narrative and Rituals of Remembrance in the Novels of Black Women and the African Diaspora." The work examines how black women writers in Africa and the Americas have resisted violence and racism, rebelled against sexism, and redefined themselves through the years through their poetry.

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs $3 per vehicle.

For more information about the event, call organizer and UCR History Professor Sterling Stuckey at (909) 787-5401, ext. 1984, or ext. 1845.

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