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Africana Studies Forum presented during February

BOONE – In honor of Black History Month, Appalachian State University presents the first Africana Studies Forum “Exchanging Country Marks” every Wednesday and Thursday in February.  The public is invited.

Traditionally, country marks are cultural signifiers that denote ethnic difference.  In a contemporary sense, however, they represent not only symbols of tradition and custom, but also economic, social, political, racial and gender differences.  “Exchanging Country Marks” is a multidisciplinary forum that celebrates those marks and the ways they change over time.

All events will be held in Plemmons Student Union.

On Feb. 2, Sherone Price, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will present African Dance Troupe in Blue Ridge Ballroom from noon-1 p.m.

On Feb. 3, Dr. Jeremiah Kitunda from the Department of History will present “The Botanical Atlantic: the role of European naturalist travelers in the introduction of American crops and weeds in Africa” in Blue Ridge Ballroom from noon-12:30 p.m.  Dr. James Ivory, chairman of the Department of English, will present “Anglo-African Literatures and the Crisis of the Neocolonial State: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka,” also in Blue Ridge Ballroom from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

On Feb. 9, the Appalachian State University Gospel Choir, directed by Dr. Tony McNeill, will perform in Blue Ridge Ballroom from noon-1 p.m.

On Feb. 10, Dr. Tiffany Christian from the Department of Social Work will present “Stranger in My Native Land: the discord of going to Africa as an African American” in Blue Ridge Ballroom from noon-12:30 p.m. and Dr. Antonio T. Bly, professor in the Department of History, will present “The WPA Slave Narratives of the Eighteenth Century: reading runaway slave advertisements as biography and history,” also in Blue Ridge Ballroom from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

On Feb. 16, the Jazz Ensemble I will perform under the direction of the Hayes School of Music’s Todd Wright in Linville Falls Room from noon-1 p.m.

On Feb. 17, Dr. James Barnes, a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, will present “A Multicultural, Multilingual Approach to Africana Studies” in Blue Ridge Ballroom from noon-12:30 p.m.  Dr. Tony Carey, vice provost of faculty affairs, will discuss “Shaping Identities: colonialism, slavery and resistance in the American Southeast in the 1700s,” also in Blue Ridge Ballroom from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

On Feb. 23, Jonathan Scales & the Music of Fourchestra will perform in Linville Falls Room from noon-1 p.m.

The Africana Studies Forum is sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance.  For more information about the forum, contact Terri Lockwood at lockwodtl@appstate.edu or Antonio T. Bly and blyat@appstate.edu.

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