The Africana Studies Program brings a global outlook to the study of Africa and its Diasporas. Drawing on analytical perspectives from anthropology, economics, education, history, literary studies, political science and sociology, the program focuses on peoples of African descent within the context of increasing globalization and dramatic social, economic and political changes.
To discuss your plan of study, ideas for special projects and summer work, and other aspirations, please contact Professor Alice Lesnick.
Africana Studies, Health Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs invite you to a book party celebrating the impact of Professor Iruka Okeke's
Divining Without Seeds: The case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ira Reid House/Black Cultural Center
Light Refreshments will be served
Black History Month Events
February 7: Bryn Mawr Chapter of the NAACP Winter Gala, 6:30 pm, TGH. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill will speak on The Education Crisis in the Public School System. Open to the public, no tickets or reservations required. Donations will be collected, with all proceeds benefiting a book scholarships for Bi-College students and graduating students from Parkway West High School.
February 12: Sisterhood Black History Month Keynote Speaker, Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever, 7:00 pm, TGH. Free and open to the public.
Recently published is Bryn Mawr's Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume's new book, Colonial Pathologies, Environment and Western Medicine in Sant-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920
Focusing on yellow fever, cholera, and plague epidemics as well as on sanitation in the context of urban growth in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal between 1867 and 1920, this book explores how the French colonial and medical authorities responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination. Official reactions ranged from blaming the Africans and the tropical climate to the imposition of urban residential segregation and strictly enforced furloughs of civil servants and European troops. Drastic and disruptive sanitary measures led to a conflict between the interests of competing conceptions of public health and those of commerce, civil liberties, and popular culture. This book also examines the effort undertaken by the colonizer to make Senegal a healthy colony and Saint-Louis the healthiest port-city/capital through better hygiene, building codes, vector control, and the construction of waterworks and a sewerage system. The author offers insight into the urban processes and daily life in a colonial city during the formative years of the French empire in West Africa.
Alice Lesnick, at Bryn Mawr
Susanna Wing, at Haverford College