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Nov. 10, 2005
Contact: Peter Ukpokodu or Lisa Hall, African-American studies, (785) 864-3054.

African-American studies pioneer to give Marwa lecture at KU on Nov. 15

LAWRENCE -- One of the most prolific and respected scholars in African-American studies will deliver the second annual Marwa Africana Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the University of Kansas.

Molefi K. Asante, who established the first doctoral program in African-American studies in the U.S., will speak on "African-American History: A Journey of Liberation" at 7 p.m. in 130 Budig Hall.

Recognized by Black Issues in Higher Education as one of the most influential leaders in the past 15 years, Asante is perhaps best known for his theory of Afrocentricity published in Afrocentricity: The Theory of Social Change (1980) and The Afrocentric Idea (1987). He has been featured on Black Entertainment Television and a guest on such television programs as "60 Minutes," "Night Watch," "Nightline," "McNeill Lehrer News Hour," "Today Show" and "Tony Brown's Journal." The Utne Reader called him one of the "100 Leading Thinkers" in America and he was inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University in 2004.

He is the the author, editor, co-author or co-editor of more than 60 books and hundreds of refereed journal articles and book chapters. A professor of African-American studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., he created the first doctoral program in African-American studies in the U.S. in 1987 at Temple. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Black Studies.

The Marwa lecture series was established in 2003 through a gift from M.B. Marwa, a Harvard graduate and a Nigerian political and business leader. It is devoted to bringing distinguished leaders in Africa and the African Diaspora to KU to discuss matters of importance to Africana. Asante's lecture is presented by the Department of African and African-American Studies and co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication Studies, Department of American Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Black Leadership Center and the School of Business.

For more information, contact Peter Ukpokodu ( or Lisa Hall ( at (785) 864-3054 or visit the department at 9 Bailey Hall.


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