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Pittsburgh scholar to speak at UCR about Africa slave trade

Pittsburgh scholar to speak at UCR about Africa slave trade

(February 8, 2001)

Joseph Adjaye, professor and chair of the Africana Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh, will be the second speaker in the University of California, Riverside series on the African slave trade.

Adjaye's talk, titled "The African Diaspora and the Contours of Africanity," is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the History Department Library, room 1303 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The talk is free and open to the public.

Adjaye received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Ghana. He earned his master of arts degree from the State University of New York-Birmingham, and he received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Adjaye's research specialties include African history and culture, which covers the continent from classical times to modern Pan-Africanism and popular culture. He also conducts research on Caribbean history, which focuses on slavery.

His talk comes nearly one month after performer, playwright and visiting professor at New York University, Vinie Burrows, kicked off the series with a dramatic presentation focused on the middle passage, or Atlantic Ocean crossings of slaves.
The series is part of a two-year program to increase awareness of the relationship between West Africa and blacks in the Americas. The History Department and the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR fund the program. History professor Sterling Stuckey organizes the events.

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs up to $6 per vehicle. Parking for events after 4 p.m. cost $3 per vehicle.

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