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Young Guyanese scholar dies suddenly in Peru


Yogeeta Persaud

(GUYANA CHRONICLE) – Twenty-two year old Yogeeta Persaud, a former top performer at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) , collapsed and died suddenly while on medical outreach in Peru on Sunday.

Persaud , formerly of Golden Fleece village on the Essequibo Coast , is the only child of businessman Takoor Persaud. The businessman told the Guyana Chronicle that information received from Peru suggests that his daughter was shadowing a doctor on medical outreach when she collapsed and died.

In 2013 , the former Anna Regina Multilateral student was Guyana’s second top performer at the CSEC examinations and she earned herself a scholarship as a result of her performance.

She was adjudged Most Outstanding Overall CSEC candidate that year by the Caribbean…

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William Abraham: All Souls’ first African scholar returns to Oxford


The distinguished philosopher with a trim beard and an impish grin took his seat on the dais in the Old Library at All Souls, Oxford. The evening sun was streaming through the windows of the dark panelled room. Church bells were ringing. A few dozen people, mainly silver-haired fellows, sat awaiting his observations.

It was a timeless scene in the loftiest of Oxford’s ivory towers — yet with one difference from the norm: the speaker’s ethnicity. William Abraham was elected in 1959 as All Souls’ first African prize scholar; he is still All Souls’ only African prize scholar. A few years after his election, he left Oxford to become the informal court philosopher to Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s independence leader. Now he had returned, almost 60 years later, to be honoured with a…

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‘China Sees Africa as Opportunity to Show Global Leadership Status’ – Scholar


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Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in the United Arab Emirates as part of a five-nation trip to the Middle East and Africa, during which he’ll also visit Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa and Mauritius. Sputnik discussed his trip with Lina Benabdallah, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University in the US.

Sputnik: Why do you think China is so interested in Africa? It is still viewed as an underdeveloped continent in terms of economy. Of course, it’s very rich in natural resources. Is that the primary drive or how do you see China’s interest on the African continent?

Lina Benabdallah: I think it is a combination of a lot of things. I mean, first of all, you mentioned the natural…

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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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