Elements of African culture and writing systems

April 5th, 2001 by Adam

Betsy Cheney
April 4, 2001


Lecture series discusses elements of African culture and writing systems

A series of four free lectures will introduce elements of African culture and writing systems to New Hampshire audiences beginning April 12. Within an overall cultural framework, lecturers will engage New Hampshire residents in a dialogue on how Africans reproduced their own cultures in historical and colonial contexts, and how they continue to do so today.

The series, which is funded by Plymouth State College and a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is facilitated by Dr. Metasebia Woldemariam, who teaches in the Communication Studies program.

NH state demographic data (1998) do not differentiate between African immigrants and African Americans. The data show however, that the overall black population in NH stands at 0.007%. In Grafton County the numbers are 0.005%, 0.002% in Belknap, 0.0018% in Carroll and 0.0013% in Coos County. New Hampshire State Data Center. 21 February 2001. http://webster.state.nh.us/osp/planning/SDC/98race.pdf

Woldemariam says, “In an American context, these issues are particularly important since the US remains a multicultural country that accepts immigrants from around the world. There needs to be further effort if cultural dialogue is to remain relevant within a fairly homogeneous state. In particular, there is a real lack of access to African perspectives within New Hampshire. The lecture series will address this paucity by inviting to campus African and Africanist scholars from within the humanities and closely related fields.

For information on the lecture series or about individual speakers contact Dr. Metasebia Woldemarium at 535- 2965 or 535-2264, or via e-mail to mwoldemariam@mail.plymouth.edu.

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. Hartman Union room 109.
Dr. Funso Afolayan, associate professor of history at UNH. Dr. Afolayan will assess the impact of ethnic politics and identity from historical and current perspectives.

Friday, April 20, 5 p.m. Heritage Commons, Hall Residence Hall. Dr. Ayele Bekerie, assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies, Cornell University Africana Studies/Research Center. Dr. Ayele will discuss writing systems that developed in Africa and their impact on cultures.

Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. Hartman Union room 109.
Abiyi Ford, professor, School of Communications, Howard University. Professor Ford will explore the African-American and Caribbean “Back to Africa” movement.

Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m. Hartman Union room 109.
Dr. Alain J. R. Péricard, adjunct professor, McGill University graduate program in communications 1996-2000. Dr. Péricard will address African images and cultures perpetuated in the media and explore African strategies of resistance to these images.