Arcadia University Colloquium Presents “Listening for Another Black Atlantic: Senegal and African America in Cinematic Conversation,” Nov. 2
Glenside, PA—October 18, 2011—Arcadia University’s Colloquium Series presents "Listening for Another Black Atlantic: Senegal and African America in Cinematic Conversation," on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Following the lecture is a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.
Dr. Tsitsi Jaji, a Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the discussion, highlighting her current research on "exchanges" between Senegalese and African American cultures in a series of films she’s examined. Jaji completed her dissertation Africa in Stereo: Comparative Black Acoustic Imaginaries in Poetry and Film From Ghana, Senegal and South Africa in 2009, and currently is working on her first book, which builds upon her material.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Jaji has conducted fieldwork throughout Southern and West Africa, with generous support from the TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship, and has been a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (Bryn Mawr College), a Society for the Humanities Mellon Graduate Fellow (Cornell University), a member of the Telluride Association and a Penn Humanities Forum Junior Faculty Fellow.
Jaji’s lecture is concomitant with a series of events and travel courses offered and organized by Dr. Kalenda Eaton, Assistant Professor of English, including February’s African American Read-In and Language and Culture in Belize, an interdisciplinary course focused on Afro-Belizean culture. The lecture also supports UNESCO’s declaration that 2011 is the "International Year for People of African Descent."
About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. The 2010 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University No. 1 in the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North, and as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation. The Physical Therapy program is ranked seventh in the nation.