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Date Released: 9/22/2006

Students and the public alike are invited to meet the faculty of the Global Black Studies program at Purchase College at a reception on Tuesday,  September 26 at 5:15 PM in the Buffer Room of the Administration Building, followed by lectures at 5:45 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

Global Black Studies is a multidisciplinary program and is offered as a minor through the Liberal Arts. Courses examine history, culture, politics, language, and the arts. The program also incorporates technology in teaching and research to prepare students to analyze and use new information technologies on a local and global level.

The Global Black Studies program is coordinated by Dana-Ain Davis, assistant professor of Anthropology and is housed within the Anthropology Board of Study.

Three members of the Global Black Studies program will speak at the reception.

Rudolf Gaudio, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, will discuss “New Black City: Pidgin English and Modern Citizenship in Nigeria’s Capital.” A linguistic and cultural anthropologist, his research addresses the relationship between language, performance and media on one hand, and identities, ideologies and inequalities on the other. He has studies several European and African languages (including Hausa and Swahili), and has conducted extensive fieldwork in northern Nigeria. He is currently completing his book entitled Allah Made Us: Sexual Outlaws in an Islamic African City, which is about Hausa Muslim men who are said to talk and act “like women.”

Rex McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Economics, will discuss “Globalizing the Plantation.” His research interests include the political economy of development, with particular reference to the English-speaking Caribbean. His most recent research efforts center on the interaction of globalizing forces and the internal political economy of these predominantly island formations.

Michelle Steward, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, will discuss “Abderrahmane Sissako and Transnational Cinema.” Her work centers on film policy, the European state, and minor cinema, with an emphasis on the cinematic production of North and West Africans in France. In collaboration with Pam Wilson of Reinhardt College, she recently co-edited Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Practices and Politics. The collection brings together the work of well-respected scholars and producers of indigenous media from around the world, addressing shifting national and international policy and law, as well as reviewing international scholarship on indigenous media and the question of sovereignty.

For more information, call 914-251-6624.