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Global Studies & Modern Languages News

  • 2018

    • Rebecca Olsho, Global Studies Major

      Global Studies Alum Travels World, Finds Career in Event Marketing

      July 24, 2018

      Growing up, Rebecca Olsho ’16 recalls the global languages and cultures shared around her family’s dinner table. Her parents frequently opened their home to foreign exchange students, exposing Olsho to the diverse perspectives and opportunities of the world.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      May 22, 2018

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • Caitlin Walczyk

      Global Studies and Political Science Major Investigates Language Politics in Kazakhstan

      April 30, 2018

      In the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, Caitlin Walczyk practiced her Russian in cab rides across the city of Almaty. The double major in global studies and political science spent nine months in Kazakhstan as a Boren Scholar, an award that supports undergraduate language study in countries vital to U.S. security interests.

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    • Nada Matta, PhD

      Meet Global Studies and Sociology Prof Nada Matta

      April 30, 2018

      Nada Matta, PhD, assistant professor of global studies and sociology, hopes to refute stereotypes in her courses on the Middle East, and highlight universal trends and similarities across cultures and regions.

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    • Drexel University Sex and Gender Reserach Forum

      Successful Sex and Gender Research Forum Held at Drexel University

      April 23, 2018

      The 2018 Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD, Sex and Gender Research Forum was held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Gerri C. LeBow Hall. This interactive, university-wide forum highlighted Drexel University’s multidisciplinary research focused on sex and gender in local, national and global contexts.

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    • Drexel Humanities and Social Sciences Lab

      Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Open House Fosters Interdisciplinary Collaboration

      April 03, 2018

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    • Drexel Global Studies Faculty Vincent Duclos

      Meet Global Studies and STS Prof Vincent Duclos

      April 02, 2018

      Vincent Duclos, PhD, assistant professor of global studies and of science, technology and society, pushes his students to experiment with the digital spaces they inhabit.

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      Summer Courses

      April 01, 2018

      Explore conservative political philosophies, gender in Hollywood, and modern Hindu and Buddhist thought in these new summer courses.

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    • Tale of the Mysterious Manuscripts, Illustration by Drexel Student Natalie Vaughn ’18

      Field Notes

      January 16, 2018

      The Unsung, Unpublished Adventures of Drexel Researchers in the Field

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    • Market Street - Photograph by Brent Luvaas, PhD

      Frame of Mind

      January 15, 2018

      Street photographer and Drexel anthropologist Brent Luvaas, PhD, has a way of blending in as he walks city streets. If he’s lucky, a certain slant of light will catch his eye and he will set the exposure for maximum depth of field, waiting patiently for the right subject to walk in front of the lens. Most often, however, the typical elements of a photographer’s labor — setup, composition and lighting — happen almost instantaneously

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    • Ni Ou

      Meet Global Studies Prof Ni Ou

      January 09, 2018

      Assistant teaching professor in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages Ni Ou, MSEd, loves international food and guiding her students on cultural discoveries.

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  • 2017

    • Book and notebook open on a table in a library

      Winter Courses

      November 07, 2017

      How does gender affect the formation of knowledge? How can physics bridge communities? Discuss sociological contexts of global health, modern implications of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses.

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      A Change of Scenery — and Careers

      June 27, 2017

      Nathan Clarke traveled a long way — 9412 miles to be exact — to find himself at Drexel University. As a study abroad student, Clarke had a very clear idea of the kind of experience he wanted to have when he left his home in Melbourne, Australia. His Drexel experience not only checked all the right boxes, but also led to an unexpected career change.

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    • Farrah Rahaman, Drexel Global Studies Student

      25 Faces 25 Years: Farrah Rahaman

      April 10, 2017

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    • Sharee Devose while on Drexel Co-op at Voice of America in Washington, D.C.

      Sharee Devose: Drexel Co-op at Voice of America

      April 06, 2017

      It feels almost like yesterday that I arrived in Washington, D.C., somewhat ready to take on the world of international broadcasting. I was excited on my first day, certainly, but I found it difficult still to believe that, of all people, I could have been chosen to be the first Drexel co-op at Voice of America (VOA), the official international broadcaster of the United States and the largest in the nation. The experience astounds me to this day.

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Alden Young

      March 29, 2017

      Alden Young wears a T-shirt and workout trousers in colors that mimic the attitude of a campus early in the Friday afternoon, in no rush to be any place in particular. He is soft spoken and calm, and seems to be a man simply going with the flow.

      “I was born in New Orleans,” he begins.

      Something glimmers in his eye as he speaks, as though, like a superhero, Young’s true identity lay somewhere behind the simple frames resting on his nose.

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    • Africana Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Open Call for Student Essays

      Call for Essays: Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Awards

      February 16, 2017

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to officially announce the undergraduate student call for essays: Africana Studies -V.P. Franklin Award ($500) and Women's and Gender Studies-Martha Montgomery Award ($200)

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    • Andrew Damron, JD

      Protecting the Persecuted

      February 02, 2017

      "Why are you afraid to go home?" he asked. Without speaking, the two children answered in unison, lifting their shirts to reveal raw, pink scars stretching like spider webs across their torsos. It is an image that will haunt Andrew Damron, JD, forever.

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    • Dalton George presents findings from the global climate change conference.

      Climate Change Workshop Tackles Solutions to a Global Problem

      February 01, 2017

      The students and faculty who attended COP22 spoke to an audience eager for an update on the international efforts to address the damage humans are doing to the environment.

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Kate Hughes

      January 18, 2017

      The road that brought Kate Hughes to Drexel extends far beyond the streets of Philadelphia. From farming in Spain and Italy, to living in South Africa during the height of the AIDS crisis, to traveling around the Americas on a retrofitted school bus, Hughes has built a diverse and detailed portfolio that includes expertise in peace studies, public health, environmental justice and community organizing. Steeped in experience and radiating a sense of calm and a reassuring confidence, Hughes is the quintessential international area studies adviser — just ask her students.

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  • 2016

    • Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD

      Remembering Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD

      June 28, 2016

      It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD, associate professor of French and founding member of the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Obajtek-Kirkwood died surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 19th.

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      Q&A With CoAS Boren-Award Winners

      June 21, 2016

      College of Arts and Sciences students Alexandra Pickens, BA international area studies ’17, and Caitlin Walczyk, BA international area studies and political science ’18, each received the 2016 David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. The scholarship, which provides funding to students studying abroad in areas critical to U.S. interests, sent Pickens to Jordan this May, while Walczyk heads to Kazakhstan in the fall.

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Kate Hughes

      June 12, 2016

      The road that brought Kate Hughes to Drexel extends far beyond the streets of Philadelphia. From farming in Spain and Italy, to living in South Africa during the height of the AIDS crisis, to traveling around the Americas on a retrofitted school bus, Hughes has built a diverse and detailed portfolio that includes expertise in peace studies, public health, environmental justice and community organizing. Steeped in experience and radiating a sense of calm and a reassuring confidence, Hughes is the quintessential international area studies adviser — just ask her students.

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    • Farrah Rahaman, Drexel Global Studies Student

      25 Faces 25 Years: Farrah Rahaman

      April 07, 2016

      “I’m predisposed to having a deep-rooted interest in international issues,” says Farrah Rahaman, a junior double majoring in art history and international area studies with a concentration in justice and human rights. At 21 years of age, the undergrad has been to Guatemala, Madrid, Haiti and Peru, and has spent her spring and summer breaks writing alongside leading Haitian poets, volunteering as an English teacher, and studying international development up close.

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    • Student Job Opportunities

      March 24, 2016

      Looking for a job this spring? Apply to work with the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology, or the College of Computing and Informatics!

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    • Africana Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Open Call for Student Essays

      Call for Essays: Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Awards

      March 03, 2016

      The Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages and the Africana Studies (AFAS) and Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) programs are pleased to officially announce the undergraduate student call for essays. Essays for Africana Studies will be considered for the V.P. Franklin Award. Essays for Women’s and Gender Studies will be considered for the Martha Montgomery Award.

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  • 2014

  • 2013

    • A 7-Year-Old’s Dreadlocks Inspire Project Affirming Natural Black Beauty

      September 17, 2013

      Seven-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from school on her first day…because of her hair. The elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, deemed the dreadlocks she wore under her big, pink bow to be “faddish,” and, thus, “unacceptable.”

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    • Drexel Provides Tool Kit to Build Peace

      September 12, 2013

      The International Day of Peace is quickly approaching, and Drexel is planning its first teach-in for peacebuilding as a prelude to the big day on Sept. 21. Thanks to a grant from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Drexel is putting on a full-fledged educational event

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    • The Friends That Study Together Stay Together

      May 24, 2013

      Friday night parties took on a whole new meaning when Kailey Kluge, a pre-junior international area studies student, and Alex Sevit, biomedical engineering BS/MS ’15 and Goldwater Scholar, were filling out their respective scholarship applications.

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    • Sepphoris: From Galilean Town to Roman Polis

      May 24, 2013

      The Judaic Studies Program and the Anthropology Program of the Department of Culture & Communication of Drexel University present “Sepphoris: From Galilean Town to Roman Polis” a lecture by Dr. Zeev Weiss, Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology,

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    • A Dream Realized: Drexel Student to Study Abroad in Russia

      May 13, 2013

      Kailey Kluge’s friends used to tease her about becoming a Russian spy in a Bond movie, but it seems as though she’ll be working on the other side now that she was named a Boren Scholar last month.

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    • What I'm Reading: Dr. Yaba Blay

      March 29, 2013

      Dr. Yaba Blay, professor of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, reads nonstop as part of her research and teaching. This does not leave her much time for recreational reading, but she recently made time for the book by Peter Bregman. Blay describes the book as a quick read—something she didn’t want to put down—and the perfect recommendation for a self-described busy person and multi-tasker.

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    • Dr. Clyde Goulden (far left) discusses climate change with Mongolian students. Credit: Dr. Bazartseren Boldgiv

      Academy Scientists Receive Top Honors for Long-Term Research and Training Initiatives in Mongolia

      March 21, 2013

      Dr. Clyde Goulden, a pioneering ecologist and director of the Asia Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, has devoted his life to studying climate change and how it is affecting Mongolian herders and the pristine 2-million-year-old Lake Hövsgöl. His efforts have now been recognized with Mongolia’s highest award to foreigners, the Order of the Polar Star. In a separate honor, Dr. Jon Gelhaus, Academy curator of entomology and professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has received the Kublai Khan medal for his scientific achievements in Mongolia.

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    • Atlas Embraced

      February 25, 2013

      A graduating senior and one of the shining stars in Drexel's International Area Studies Program, Elias Okwara is already on his way to a promising career

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    • Art Exhibit Explores What Blackness Looks Like

      February 01, 2013

      Africana Studies and the Office of Equality and Diversity present “(1)NE DROP: Fact, Fiction, or Fate?,” featuring Dr. Yaba Blay, assistant teaching professor of Africana Studies and artistic director of the (1)NE DROP Project (currently being featured in the CNN documentary “Who is Black in America?”).

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  • 2012

  • 2011

    • Shadow Acts: Featuring Sonia Sanchez and Friends

      June 01, 2011

      Friday, June 3, 2011 @ 7 PM, Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center (3128 Market Street)

      Drexel's College of Arts & Sciences and Westphal College have organized a celebration highlighting poetry, jazz, hip-hop and spoken word—pillars of African American culture. The highlight of the evening will be new work by award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez, a Philadelphia native, has authored over a dozen books of poetry, served as professor of poetry at eight universities, and lectured nationally and internationally on Black culture and literacy. Her new work for this event was inspired by the art of Kara Walker and Yinka Shonibare, whose work will be projected during Sanchez's poetry reading. Walker is a critically-acclaimed painter and printmaking artist who exhibits worldwide. Shonibare, an English painter, sculptor and photographer, explores the issues of race and class in contemporary society. Philadelphia Weekly staff writer Tara Murtha will moderate a discussion.

      Sanchez will be joined on stage for discussion and performances by several poets, musicians, artists and academics including jazz artists Evan Solot and Odean Pope; poet and rap artist Ursula Rucker; Latin musicians Ray and Marie Taylor; Black activist and owner of Philadelphia's Robin's bookstore (110 S. 13th St.) Larry Robins; and Professor James Spady, author of 360 Degreez of Sonia Sanchez: Hip Hop, Narrativity, Iqhawe and Public Spaces of Being (2000). The evening also features Drexel music professor and ethnomusicologist, Dr. George Starks, performing with the George Starks Jazz Quartet. Also performing is MAD Dragon recording artist Kuf Knotz, who has been at the center of Philadelphia's hip-hop scene for nearly a decade and is releasing the Deluxe CD Edition of his album, Boombox Logic, Sunday June 5th, on Drexel University's student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records.

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    • CoAS Students, Faculty Win Awards

      May 14, 2011

      As the 2010-11 school year comes to a close, students and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences continue to receive prestigious honors, ranging from Fulbright Scholarships to the Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, to awards from Drexel's own Steinbright Career Development Center.

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  • 2010

    • The Future of Hip Hop

      December 02, 2010

      Africana Studies in sponsorship with The Good Idea Fund will present "The Future of Hip-Hop" featuring Grammy award winning hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco and Michael Eric Dyson, an acclaimed author and academic who

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    • 2500 Years of Marathon

      November 18, 2010

      The College of Arts and Sciences and the Greek Studies program will host “Battle of Marathon 2500 Year Anniversary” with Dr. Gonda Van Steen, Andronicos Nicholas Cassas Chair in Greek Studies and associate professor in the Department of Classics and Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida

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    • Professor Donald Stevens: "Border with Mexico: Historical Perspectives"

      November 17, 2010

      Join International Area Studies as they host International Café, Wednesday, November 17th at 12:00pm in MacAlister 2019/2020. This month’s event will feature Professor Donald Stevens presenting his lecture entitled "Border with Mexico: Historical Perspectives"

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    • Globalization of Hip-Hop

      November 12, 2010

      From its block party roots, Hip Hop has gone from meager turn tables to a multibillion dollar industry. American Hip Hop’s influence has permeated every aspect of our modern world. From fashion & music to politics & power, Hip Hop has been validated by a planet intrigued by innovation and controversy

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    • Feminism and the Anti-racist Struggle

      November 10, 2010

      Dr. Kobayashi will lecture on Sartre and Fanon and their discussion over whiteness and race as a basis for asking who can be an anti-racist. She will describe some recent controversies within the Canadian Association of University Teachers that created tensions between white feminists, and anti-racist scholars and disability communities

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    • "A Walk To Beautiful"

      November 04, 2010

      Join International Area Studies as we begin our Global Health Series with a screening of the award winning feature-length documentary "A Walk to Beautiful", followed by a meet and greet with its director Mary Olive Smith.

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    • Supporting Haitian Infrastructure

      October 21, 2010

      During the past summer, a team of Drexel faculty and staff affiliated with Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative traveled twice to post-earthquake Leogane, Haiti. Professors Franco Montalto, Michael Piasecki, Mimi Sheller, Patrick Gurian, and DECI research coordinator Jen Britton assessed the status of the water and sanitation infrastructure there, and engaged local citizen stakeholders

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    • The Motorcycle Diaries

      October 21, 2010

      International Area Studies presents "The Motorcycle Diaries" in continuation of their international film series. "The Motorcycle Diaries" is an adaptation of a journal written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna when he was 23 years old.

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    • Dig Your Way Out of Debt

      October 13, 2010

      Come learn how to strategically reduce and prevent credit card debt. We will cover budgeting tricks, “good” and “bad” debt, and much more in this financial literacy workshop for women. Alisha Thompson-Adams is an instructor with The Money School in Delaware and has been in the financial services industry for over 10 years. Her mission is to help people become properly protected, debt-free, and financially independent

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    • Bicycle Repair for Women

      September 30, 2010

      Come learn how to change a flat tire on your bicycle. In this hands-on workshop for women, a Bicycle Ambassador from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will lead us through how to change a flat tire. Participants must bring their own bicycles in order to participate. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students. RSVP is required. Space is limited. Please RSVP to: Monica Fauble

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    • Back to Basics Home Repair

      August 25, 2010

      The Office of Equality and Diversity and The Women's Studies Program will host "Back-to-Basics Home Repair," a special home repair workshop for women, on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Intercultural Center, lower level (33rd and Chestnut Streets). This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. The class will cover the basics of home repair tools and materials. Participants will learn types and uses of common household tools as well as how to put together a toolbox and home repair kit.

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    • Black Orpheus

      August 12, 2010

      Join International Area Studies for our international film fest featuring "Black Orpheus". Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 1959, Marcel Camus’ "Black Orpheus" (Orfeu Negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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    • Financial Literacy Workshop

      July 07, 2010

      Join Carol Arnott, a certified financial planner whose practice focuses on women-in-transition as she discusses how to invest wisely during difficult financial times.

      5:30-7:00 workshop—Intercultural Center, 1st floor 4:45-5:30 bbq—backside of the Intercultural Center RSVP required. RSVP deadline: July 1st. Space is limited.

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    • Protecting Ancient Mariners

      May 21, 2010

      Dr. Maria Hnaraki, director of Greek Studies, invites the Drexel community to join the journey of Mediterranean turtles via ARCHELON on Zakynthos, Peloponnesus and Crete on Friday, May 21, 2010 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium, Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center

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    • Language Change and Continuity in Greek

      April 14, 2010

      For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Maria Hnaraki, Director of Greek Studies, is pleased to welcome a Senior Visiting Scholar in the University Seminars Program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

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    • Africana Studies Presents the Black Power Movement Speaker Series

      April 13, 2010

      Throughout the months of February and March, the Africana Studies program, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Earle Mack School of Law, presented a five-part lecture series in honor of Black History Month. The series explored the rise of African American power in the U.S. from the Black Panther Party to the current “age of Obama.”

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    • Papadakis Performs for Papadakis

      April 09, 2010

      Dr. Maria Hnaraki invites the Drexel community to join Greek Studies for a memorial concert in honor of the late Drexel President Dr. Constantine Papadakis on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Van Rensselaer Hall Living Room (3320 Powelton Avenue). Dr. Papadakis died on April 5, 2009.

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    • Ricardo Jimenez Visits Drexel

      March 03, 2010

      The College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies and Latinos for a United Campus, in association with the National Boricua Human Rights Network, present a discussion with Ricardo Jimenez, former political prisoner and human rights activist, on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 5 p.m. in the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery

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    • Conversations With a Gender Outlaw

      January 22, 2010

      Author, playwright, and performance artist Kate Bornstein, a male-female transsexual, shared with eager Drexel students her personal and professional perspective on understanding the current binary model of gender identification. Bornstein’s existence contradicts the binary notion of gender as we know it because she identifies herself as neither a man nor a woman.

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    • History of the Black Power Movement

      January 08, 2010

      Africana Speaker Series presents several engaging events on the "History of the Black Power Movement," with: Dr. Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of History at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, Bobby Seale, founder of the Black Panther party and Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, associate professor of African American Studies at Temple University

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  • 2009

    • John Brown 150th Anniversary

      December 04, 2009

      Drexel University will feature acclaimed author David Reynolds in an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Brown’s raid, an important moment in the African American struggle for liberation. David Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Baruch College and the graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book, "Walt Whitman’s America." This lecture will be one of the featured events being hosted in Philadelphia surrounding the anniversary.

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    • Greek Food for Thought

      June 06, 2009

      Dr. Maria Hnaraki, director of Greek Studies, invites you to an evening of food and festivities. Join Greek Studies are they present Dr. Nikos Scarmeas, associate professor of neurology at Columbia University, as he lectures on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its association with a reduced risk of Alzheimer's.

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