OU prof, a former refugee, talks about Athens & the world | Campus News


After reading The Athens NEWS’ “Being Black and a Bobcat” series from earlier this semester, Ghirmai Negash, a professor of African literature and director of the African Studies Program at Ohio University, said he felt that the conversation on diverse experiences at Ohio University needs to continue.

Negash sat down last Tuesday to discuss his personal experiences coming to and being a part of OU, as well as some of the cultural subtleties in and around Athens that he has noticed.

Born and raised in Eritrea (on the Red Sea in northeast Africa), Negash was forced to leave his homeland in the 1980s. “Because of the conflict generally in the region, I moved to Europe and I was a refugee in…

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