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Release Date: Friday, November 15, 2013 4:22 PM
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African Studies 60th Anniversary Celebration Culminates with Alumni Symposium

WASHINGTON (November 15, 2013) – Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the graduate program in the Howard University Department of African Studies will culminate on Wednesday, Nov. 20, with an Alumni Symposium in the Blackburn Center Digital Auditorium.

The event will bring together professors, students and alumni to reflect on six decades of graduate African Studies at Howard University. A highlight of the symposium will be a roundtable conversation at 5:10 p.m. with Howard distinguished history professor Joseph Harris, emeritus, and African Studies professor Sulayman Nyang. The roundtable will also feature contributions from Gail Hansberry, daughter of William Leo Hansberry, known as the “Father of African Studies,” and Kwame Wesley, a Hansberry scholar.

The day-long symposium begins at 2 p.m. and concludes at 6:15 pm. For additional details, contact Oni Spratt at (202) 238-2328 or

Howard University has celebrated the 60th anniversary of the graduate African Studies program with a year-long calendar of events which has included public lectures by South African photographer and public historian S. Omar Badsha, distinguished professor and Howard alumna Carole Boyce Davies, (M.A. 1974); a dramatic performance about Thurgood Marshall by Lenneal Henderson; a screening and discussion of the Senegalese film, TEY, with filmmaker Alain Gomis; and a roundtable discussion at the Library of Congress. 

The Department of African Studies looks forward to welcoming home Howard alumni and strengthening the network of Howard graduates in African Studies.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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