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A Scholar Without Borders – Higher Education


Dr. E. Patrick Johnson spent his early childhood as the youngest of seven children with their single mother in a one-bedroom apartment in Hickory, N.C. When he received his Ph.D. in speech communication in 1996 from Louisiana State University, the town held a celebration and declared July 20 “Dr. E. Patrick Johnson Day” because he was the first African-American from Hickory to receive a Ph.D.

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson

Today, as chair of the African American studies department and the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, Johnson is a scholar without borders. His research crosses academic disciplines and creative art forms in multiple ways, to the extent that he describes himself only half-jokingly as “an academic…

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UMD SCHOLAR HONORED FOR INNOVATIVE WORK ON AFRICAN AMERICAN THEATRE, CIVIL RIGHTS AND INCLUSION


Julius B. Fleming, Jr., assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), has been named a 2018 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and recognized as a 2018 Emerging Scholar of The African Diaspora by the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES).

Both awards are highly competitive and reflect Fleming’s exceptional scholarship as well as his commitment to building a more inclusive academic community.

The Malkiel Scholars Award is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. It supports junior faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture and society, and who are committed to the creation of an…

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Academics Remember Renowned Literary Scholar Marcellus Blount


Former students and professional colleagues are mourning the death of Dr. Marcellus Blount, a well-known scholar of African-American literary and cultural studies who taught at Columbia University since 1985.

Dr. Marcellus Blount

News of Blount’s passing shocked the literary and academic worlds, including colleagues and students who remembered him as brilliant, revolutionary and compassionate. His scholarship in African-American studies reimagined poetry, pop culture and gender and sexuality studies, particularly Black masculinity.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Marcellus Blount,” a statement on the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature’s website said in part. “This news comes as a terrible blow to everyone who knew, worked with…

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OSU Names Scholar Moore Vice Provost for Diversity, Inclusion


The Ohio State University has named Dr. James L. Moore III, a prominent researcher and scholar, as its next vice provost for diversity and inclusion.

Moore – the Education and Human Ecology’s Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male – has served as interim vice provost and chief diversity officer since last May.

Dr. James L. Moore, III

“I am elated to be appointed the vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University,” said Moore in an interview with Diverse. “This position gives me the opportunity to leverage extant research with current relationships and past leadership experiences to advance inclusive excellence throughout the…

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Ahmed Baba: Timbuktu′s famous scholar | African Roots | DW


When did Ahmed Baba live?

Ahmed Baba was born in 1556. Some sources locate his birth in Araouane, around 250 km northwest of Timbuktu, a city in Mali’s north. It is more likely, however, that he was born in Timbuktu, then a flourishing center of Islamic learning and trade nestled on the southern edge of the Sahara. Baba taught in Timbuktu’s famed mosques. After opposing the conquest of Timbuktu in 1591 by the Moroccan sultan, Ahmed Al-Mansur, Ahmed Baba was deported to Morocco. During his 12 years of exile there, he continued his Islamic studies. Ahmed Baba returned to Timbuktu in 1608 where he died in 1627.

What is Ahmed Baba renowned for?

During his lifetime, he was known for his legal treatises, which dealt with issues relating to Islam and the appropriate way for Muslims to practice…

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Eli Leon, scholar and collector of African American quilts, dies at 82


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