Patrice Lumumba, African Americans, and the Postcolonial Congo

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM (ET)
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
Event Type
Lecture - Speaker
Karen Todd
CIS/ Africana Studies

The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series presents: 

Dr. Ira Dworkin teaches in the department of English at Texas A&M University, where he is a 2017–2020 Arts & Humanities Fellow. He previously worked as a faculty member at the American University in Cairo, where he served as Associate Director of the Center for American Studies and Research. In 2005–2006, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is the author of Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). He also has edited works on Pauline E. Hopkins and Frederick Douglass. He researches and teaches on race and ethnicity, American Studies, and transnational and comparative literatures.

For his talk, Dr. Dworkin will build upon his recent book Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State, and discuss how Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of an independent Congo, informed the work of leaders like Malcolm X. Lumumba only served months in office before being assassinated in 1961 but he continues to galvanize African American artists and activists in ways that resonate across Africa and the global African diaspora.

Co-sponsored by: Africana Studies, Center for Interdisciplinary  Studies - Concentrations, English Department, History Department 

Categories: Africana Studies,English,History

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