The Director's Message

The Spring Semester is shaping up to be a busy one, with a full slate of seven presentations in our Research Seminar.  Our own Subha Xavier (French) and Melissa Hackman (IAS and WGSS) started us out; Katherine Luongo of Northeastern University presents "Asylum-Seeking in a World with Witchcraft" will end the series in mid-April.  We have added an additional seminar.  Steven Pierce (University of Manchester) will be presenting a paper on April 7:  “Nigerian Corruption and the Problems of History.”  And, of course, IAS is one of the sponsors for this year’s African Language Association conference in Atlanta, “Justice and Human Dignity in Africa and the African Diaspora.”

Cudos to Susan Gagliardi.  Susan has been awarded a fellowship from the Stanford Humanities Center.  Congratulations to our graduates Krista Thompson and Chika Okeke-Agulu who received awards from the College Art Association for their books Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice, and Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria.  I am sure there’s much more to celebrate, so do keep me updated.

Finally, Elizabeth McBride has retired from decades as the Librarian for African Studies.  Liz single-handedly created what is one of the world’s top African Studies collection.  We will miss her dedication, creativity, and sense of humor.  May retirement treat you as well as you have treated Emory’s African Studies community!

Clifton Crais