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Jamaine M. Abidogun is currently an Associate Professor in History at Missouri State University at Springfield. She is also the Director of Secondary Education. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education with a minor in African and African-American studies from the University of Kansas. She most recently published an article, “Western Education’s Impact on Northern Igbo Gender Roles in Nsukka, Nigeria,” based on research funded by a Fulbright Scholar Award. She has published in culture and education studies focusing on both domestic issues in the United States and on international issues in West Africa. She currently serves as Past President for the Mid-America Association for African Studies (MAAAS) and chaired their 2008 conference, “Ties that Bind: Uniting Africans,” hosted by the University of Missouri – St Louis. Dr. Abidogun has taught African history courses at Missouri State University and at the University of Nigeria – Nsukka.
Arinpe Adejumo , a poet, playwright, and literary critic, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and African Languages, University of Ibadan. She obtained a Ph. D in Yoruba Language and Literature from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Her academic background and research interests include studies in satirical genre, gender studies, and folklore studies. She has over 25 publications to her credit. Her publications articulate the interdisciplinary interface between literature and other cognate disciplines, vis-a-vis the function of literature in society’s growth and development.
Timothy Olubisi Adejumo is a Senior Lecturer of Agricultural/Environmental Microbiology at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria. He is a Georg Forster Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in the Department of Molecular Phytopathology, University of Göttingen, Germany. He has worked for many years in several research institutes, including the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria, where he was a Research Associate and Graduate Research Fellow. He has many publications on the survey and detection of mycotoxins in human food supplies and the control of pathogens in important economic crops. His current research is on microorganisms as nature's recyclers, especially using fungi in the bioremediation of soil pollutants.
Israel AjewoleAdemiluyi is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. He obtained a PhD in Geography from the University of Ibadan. He also holds a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. His research interests include: Regional Development, Housing, and Transportation. He has over thirty (30) publications to his credit. He has attended many local and international conferences where he made scholarly presentations. He is happily married with children.
Niyi Afolabi teaches Yoruba and African Diaspora Studies in the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a doctorate in Portuguese and Africana Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of The Golden Cage: Regeneration in Lusophone African Literature and Culture, editor of Marvels of the African World: African Cultural Patrimony, New World Connections and Identities, and co-editor of The Afro-Brazilian Mind / A Mente Afro-Brasileira: Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Criticism. His current research project focuses on the Brazilian manifestation of Yoruba identity.
Babatunde O Akintunde is a Senior Lecturer and presently the Head of Programme (Agriculutural Engineering) in the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is an agricultural engineer and is a member of Nigerian Society of engineers, Nigerian Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nigerian Institution of Food Science and Technology. He is presently a PhD student in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, University of Ibadan. His areas of interest include farm power and food processing. He has attended a number of international conferences and has a number of local and international publications
Toyosi Tunde-Akintunde is a Senior Lecturer and presently the Head of department of Food Science and Engineering Department, Ladoke Akintola University of technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. She is a Food Engineer and is a member of Nigerian Society of engineers, Nigerian Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Nigerian Institution of Food Science and Technology. Her PhD is in the field of Agricultural Engineering and her area of specialization is in Food Processing. She has attended a number of international conferences and has a number of local and international publications
Olayemi Akinwumi is a lecturer with the Department of History, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. He received his PhD in African History from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has taught courses in African History in Nigeria and abroad. He is a recipient of many international awards. Some of these are the prestigious German Alexander von Humboldt award, the German Educational Exchange Award (DAAD), etc. He has published in many international journals. His recent book, Conflicts and Crises in Nigeria: A Political History, is published by the LIT Verlag, Germany. His research interest is intergroup relations and African indigenous science and knowledge systems.
David O. Akombo is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Dr. Akombo’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree (B.Ed.) in Music Education ( Kenyatta University); a master’s degree (M.M.) in Ethnomusicology (Bowling Green State Univ.); and a doctorate degree (PhD) in Music Education ( Univ. of Florida). He has given numerous colloquia and research presentations at local, regional, and international conferences (e.g. World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT); Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM); Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA)). His publications have included several book authorings, e.g. Music and Healing Across Cultures (2006), and Music and Medicine: Connections Found (2009). His research interests include music education, ethnomusicology, music technology, and the interface of music and biomedical sciences.
Philip Akpen , University of Abuja ( Nigeria)
Idowu Mojeed Alade , AMNIM, attended the prestigious University of Ibadan where he read Classics to the Master’s Degree level from 1994 to the year 2001. Thereafter, he served as an Administrative Officer with the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Nigeria, for a few years, until March 2007, when he returned to the Department of Classics, Ibadan, having been appointed an Assistant Lecturer. In addition, to being a doctoral student of the Department, he teaches Ancient Greek and Roman Literature; Mythology, Culture, and Religion; Ancient Greek Philosophy; Greek Epic Poetry; Greek and Roman Theatre; and Ancient Greek Language. His research interests cover the fields of Comparative Literature, Mythology, Philosophy, and Religion. Alade received a Leventis Foundation Award for M.A. Programme in 2001. He is also a Resource Person (English Language) for the Pre-Degree Programme in Science and Technology with the Distance Learning Centre of the University of Ibadan. His ongoing works include: Graeco-African Concept of the Archetypal Mother Goddess:Gaea and Atage; Xenophanes and Islamic Monotheism; Homer and the Immortality of the Soul;Glocalisation of Ouid: the Anguish of an Exile, among others.
Ann Albuyeh is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught in Tehran, Iran, and Jalingo, Nigeria, as well as at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Albuyeh has also been a teaching fellow at the International School of Theory at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She writes and has worked as a magazine and newspaper reporter and editor for English-language publications in the Middle East. Although her academic research has included theoretical issues in language acquisition, her linguistics publications have most often focused on the evolution of English from Old English to the current varieties of English pidgins, creoles, and standard dialects worldwide, with a particular emphasis on Africa and the Caribbean.
Maurice Amutabi is an Assistant Professor of History at Central Washington University, U.S.A., where he teaches the history of Africa and the Middle East. Amutabi holds a PhD in History (Africa) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A. He received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya ( New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa ( Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). He is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). Amutabi’s book Islam and Underdevelopment of Africa is forthcoming in 2009. His chapters have appeared in over a dozen books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review; Canadian Journal of African Studies; International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. He is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization.
R. Abidemi Asiyanbola is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. His research interests include: Urban geography and planning, Housing, Environment, Population, Conflicts and Gender Studies.
Abimbola Asojo is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Interior Design Division at the College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma. She has been a professor at the University of Oklahoma since 1997. Her teaching areas are lighting design; architecture design and human factors; computer modeling; corporate design; and commercial design. Her research areas are cross-cultural design issues; African architecture; computing and design; lighting design; and global design issues. She has published over fifty articles in the Journal of Interior Design (JID); Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review; Designing for the 21st Century journal; Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) journal; Journal of Design Communication; Interior and Sources Magazine; Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture proceedings; Interior Design Educators Council proceedings; Diversity in Beginning Design conference proceedings; International Space Syntax Symposium proceedings; and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environment Working paper series. She is a licensed architect in the state of Oklahoma and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is NCIDQ certified and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). She serves on the Journal of Interior Design (JID) review board. She has worked on design projects in Nigeria, Kuwait, and the U.S.
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Jacob Kehinde Ayantayo , an ethicist, sociologist of religion, and a consultant in interreligious conflict management and peace building, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. Jacob Ayantayo is a MacArthur Fellow who holds a PhD in Social Ethics from the Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. His academic background and research interests include religious ethical evaluation of social issues ranging from religion to politics; economics; environment; conflicts; church activities; education; gender matter; language; and technology, among others. He has over forty publications to his credit. His current research works include “Claim and Counter Claims to Public Space and Implications for Interreligious conflicts in Nigeria” and “Ethical evaluation of Religious Languages and Propaganda with implications for stemming the tide of Interreligious Conflicts in Nigeria.” One of his recent papers is titled “Ignorance - the bane of Interreligious crisis in Nigeria: An Exposition” and was published in the Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 10, No.2, 2008), Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, Pennsylvania,
Tokunbo Aderemi Ayoola is a Visiting Assistant Professor of African History in the Department of African American and African Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. He received his doctorate from the University of Manchester (UK). An alumnus of the universities of Ife, Lagos, and Greenwich (UK), he specializes in 19 th and 20 th century history of Africa, focusing on railway studies; transport history; and the political, social, and economic history of Nigeria and West Africa. Prior to going to Manchester, he taught for some years at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry. His scholarly writings have appeared as chapters in edited volumes and in international journals such as the Lagos Historical Review and the Journal of History and Diplomacy.
Oluyemisi Bamgbose is an Associate Professor and Acting Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and currently teaches Criminal Law, Criminology, and Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure. She was a Visiting Professor at Marquette University School of Law in Fall 2001, and taught Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure and at Saint Louis University School of Law, Saint Louis, Missouri in 2008, where she taught Juvenile Justice Administration in Nigeria. She is a Fellow of Salzburg Seminar Austria Session 339 (1996), served as Chairperson of The Study Group on the Death Penalty for the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and was a member of Nigeria’s National Committee on the Reform of Discriminatory Laws Against Women. Professor Bamgbose is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Association of Law Teachers, and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). She has adopted an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to her research. Professor Bamgbose has a strong interest in women and children’s issues, and has published forty articles in national and international journals and books on related topics. She received both her Bachelor of Laws (with honors) and her Master of Laws from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Matthew Bender is an Assistant Professor of History at The College of New Jersey, Ewing. He received his PhD in African History from The Johns Hopkins University in 2006. His research and teaching focus on modern African social and cultural history, with special interest in environment, natural resources, agriculture, and development. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how conflicts over water resources have shaped changing notions of identity on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. An article derived from this project appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Southern African Studies.
Ndiouga Benga is a senior lecturer in the Department of History, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. He received his Ph. D in African History from the University Paris 7 Denis-Diderot. He has taught courses and researched urban contemporary processes in a long perspective. His scholarly works have appeared in various publications, such as those by Karthala, L'Harmattan, IRD (French Institute for Research and Development), and The Nordic Africa Institute, and recently in a co-edited book by Toyin Falola and Steven Salm, Urbanization and African Cultures, Carolina Academic Press, 2005. His present research interest is on urban cultures (music, fashion, theater). Dr Benga was a Visiting Fellow of Five College African Scholars Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Spring 2005.
Lindsay Frederick Braun is currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he completed his PhD in 2008. His research deals with the intersection of colonial science and technology in Africa with the knowledge and activities of people on the ground. He is currently working on a related study of the Venda state under Thovhele Mphephu I and his strategies for maintaining cohesion, legitimacy, and authority in the face of colonial South African land and labor policies. Previously, his work on the culture of colonialism has appeared in /The Historian/, The /South African Historical Journal/, and a variety of publications under the auspices of the International Cartographic Association.
Virginia Claire Breedlove is a PhD Candidate in African history at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is writing a dissertation based on fieldwork conducted in Niger, Nigeria, and Chad about the impact of changing conditions of access to water on the political economy of the Lake Chad Basin during the twentieth century. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation; the Social Science Research Council; the Institute of International Education; the National Science Foundation Program in Cultural Anthropology; and the American Society for Environmental History. She speaks French and Hausa.
Adam Carpinelli , Washington State University
Akinwale Coker, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan. For about fifteen years at the University of Ibadan, his research has focused on water and waste management engineering. His doctoral research, completed in 2002, delved into the Engineering Applications in the Management of Medical Waste in Nigeria. He has over 30 scientific publications and one patent. He is currently the Acting Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Ademola Omobewaji Dasylva is a critic; theorist; author of Songs of Adamolugbe (2006); winner of 2006 ANA/CADBURY National Award for Poetry; and a Reader/Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is the convener of Ibadan International Conference on African Literature (IICAL) for 2008 and 2009. Dasylva is a fellow of Salzburg Seminar Session 374, and co-coordinator of Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, University of Ibadan. He teaches African literature and Oral literature. Dasylva is widely published. Besides Classificatory Paradigms in African Oral Narrative (1999) and Dapo Adelugba on Theatre Practice in Nigeria (2003), he has authored several critical works (books and scholarly journal articles on the African novel, drama, and poetry). He co-edited with Kola Owolabi, Forms and Functions of English and Indigenous Languages in Nigeria: A Festschrift in Honour of Ayo Banjo (2004). One of the major landmarks of Dr. Dasylva's works as a theorist is in evolving appropriate canons that engender a better understanding of African oral and written literatures through the deployment of indigenous African philosophical hermeneutics, especially, the devolution of oral literature in Africa, the indigenous concept of the hero, and his subsequent migratory patterns and phases of transformation in the African novel.
Oluwaseun Stephen Dawodu , Redeemers University ( Nigeria)
Olukayode Segun Eesuola teaches Political Science at the University of Lagos. He is an
intellectual aficionado of African politics and political philosophy. His current research, including his research for his PhD thesis, targets the political philosophy of Ifa, an ancient Yoruba system of divination, as well as the roles it played in the politics and administration of the Yoruba kingdom before colonialism. Kayode Eesuola is also currently working on the political philosophy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Nigerian Afro beat legend and prominent counter hegemonic force in Nigerian and African politics. Eesuola is an alumnus of the Institute of American Politics and Political Thought.
Ayo Fadahunsi is a Professor of Philosophy, an expert in Metaphysics and Logic, former head of Department of Philosophy and presently, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University) Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. He has been a Senate Member of this University for several years. Indeed, Ayo Fadahunsi is the patriarch and the first Professor of Philosophy in Olabisi Onabanjo University, where a large number of his publications are concentrated on Metaphysics, Logic, Epistemology and African Philosophy. Professor Fadahunsi has over fifty (50) publications which have appeared both in local and international learned Journals and seven different Books to his credit.
In recent times, Ayo has a renewed interest in the positive role which Philosophy can play in the face of unbridled and uncontrolled sporadic advancement in science and technology and this has resulted in an edited work by him: Philosophy, Science and Technology (2003). His other works include: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic (1995), Philosophy and Society (1995), Philosophy: An Anthology (1998); God’s Requiem Aeternam and Man’s Freedom to Live ‘Dangerously’ (2003); Metaphysics: A Historical and Thematic Introduction (2004); Philosophy and the African Prospect: Selected Essay of J. Olubi Sodipo on Philosophy Culture and Society (2004).
Also, Ayo’s scientific bent had engaged his mind toward the consideration of the symbiotic relationship between Logic and Mathematics on the one hand and Metaphysics on the other and the effort yielded the following landmark research publications:
“On the Rationality of Logic, Mathematics and Metaphysics”, The Nigerian Journal of
Philosophy, Nigeria (1990); “Mathematics, Logic and Philosophical Meditation about
Life”, Journal of Philosophy of Nature, Ghana (2004); “Metaphysics: The Life Force of
Modern Science; Indian Philosophical Quarterly, India (2006); etc. Between 2003 and 2005, Ayo was Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana where he taught Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology and History of Philosophy. He was an adjunct Professor of Religion and Ethics in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Coast. Professor Fadahunsi was also an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool in England in 2005. It was within this period that he published an article entitled: “Yoruba Names and Meaning: A Metaphysical Interpretation” in Sandra Grayson’s (ed.). NETWORK 2000.
Nelson Olubanji Fashina obtained his MA and PhD in African/African Diaspora Literature, Theory & Criticism from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer. He teaches African Literature in all genres, African American, Caribbean and Third World Literatures, Literature and Gender, Sacred Texts, Folklore, Semiotics, Structuralism, Psychoanalysis and Creative Writing with conjunctive interest in Stylistics, Sociology and Cultural Studies. He was recipient of the RI Foundation Exchange Scholarship to England in 1992 and the US Department of State Fulbright Scholar Award on Postmodern American Literature at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in year 2000. He is Honorable Colonel of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Honorable Citizen of Louisville - awards which were conferred by the Governor of Kentucky and the Mayor Louisville, respectively. Nelson Fashina is not only a scholar-critic but also a poet-playwright, director, novelist and oral performance artist whose published plays, novel and poetry including gods at the harvest, A Season of harvest, Foliage in the Woods and Lyrics of the River are enjoying the reading appreciation of Higher Educational literature departments. With about thirty articles in learned journals, his new direction of research borders on how to distil African specific critical language and theory from African and African Diaspora mega cultures and religion such as Ifa Divination corpus.
Doudou D. Faye is native of Kaolack, Senegal. He graduated as an Entomologist/Agronomist from Texas Tech University in Lubbock (1991). Dr. Faye served as the Senegal Institute Senegal for Agricultural Research/ISRA Cotton and Food Crop’s Senior Entomologist. He has worked as consultant with several organizations, including USAID environment and Integrated Pest Management in Africa on termites and mosquitoes. He co-authored a compendium on the identification and description of empirical and research-based alternatives for rural development in Senegal and the Gambia (French and English versions). As a neem (Azadirachta indica, Juss) specialist, Dr. Faye attended and contributed to several India Neem Foundation World Neem Conferences, with the most recent one in 2007 in Coimbatore, India, where he proposed Dakar Senegal as the 2010 host for the 6 th World Neem Conference. Dr. Faye was selected among the Senegalese scientists in the diaspora by the University of Dakar (UCAD)/UNPD/Senegal Government to attend the first UCAD Diaspora Day to present his work through his NGO Africa Bound Corporation (www.africabound.org ) and neem research and outreach program (www.senegalneemfoundation.org ). In the U.S.A., he served as Stet Corporation (www.stetcorp.com) Senior Scientist. He is also the owner of CommonSense Pest Management, a small pest management business in Cedar Creek, TX where he received the Austin State Farm Insurance Unsung Hero Award in 1999. Presently, Dr. Faye focuses on botanicals’ pesticides and income generation for rural communities in Senegal, with emphasis on the rational exploitation of the neem tree, while building the FayeKunda African Village on his ten-acre land in Cedar Creek, a cultural program of his NGOs.
Mailafia Aruwa Filaba , Nasarawa State University ( Nigeria)
Tyler Fleming , University of Texas at Austin
Niles French , CUNY-Staten Island
S. U. Fwatshak , University of Jos
Mark Gardiner is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. His current research focus is economic, environmental, and energy planning in southern Africa. He is interested more broadly in the formation and the practical role of planning disciplines and in anthropologies of science, neoliberalism, and development. His MPhil thesis at Cambridge University examined the changing nature of an environmental NGO in post-independence Namibia.
Ann Genova is an assistant professor of African history at Roanoke College. Her research interests include petroleum, nationalism, and development in Nigeria. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include the co-authored Politics of the Global Oil Industry (Praeger, 2005) and co-edited Yoruba Identity and Power Politics ( University of Rochester Press, 2006).
Nnenna George-Kalu is a lawyer who has worked both in private practice and the Civil Service. She left the Ministry of Justice in Abia State, Nigeria late last year as a Principal State Counsel for further studies at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. This was a result of being elected fellow of the Ford Foundation (USA) International Fellowships through which she is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy (LLM). Nnenna is a beneficiary of the Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP), a project of the MacArthur Foundation USA whose aim was to identify, select and nurture up-coming leaders across Africa as agents of change in their respective countries. She is also a 2007 nominee of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program. She co-founded a non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as Mission Africa Projects with her husband Rev George O. Kalu which focused mainly on empowering young people to achieve their potentials in life.
Indiana Kelechi Godknows , Olabisi Onabanjo University ( Nigeria)
Pearl S. Gray is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of Education at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a member of the Ujuzi Group, an EWC think tank, which includes a component lecture series, the Wakaguzi Forum. Dr. Gray’s academic background includes an undergraduate degree (BA) in Sociology ( Wilberforce Univ.); a master’s degree (MAT) in Teaching ( Antioch-Putney Univ.); and a doctorate (PhD) in Social Foundations of Education & Cultural Anthropology (Oregon State Univ.). She has participated in numerous seminars, conferences, and panel discussions. Her scholarship efforts include numerous papers (e.g. Africa, Jatropha Seeds, and Biofuel, co-authored with Baruti Katembo). Her research interests include West African oral tradition; women’s issues; teacher education; affirmative action; and applications of multicultural education to school curricula.
Erik Green is a Post-doc in the Department of Economic History at Stockholm University, Sweden. His main research interest is the modern economic history of southern and western Africa with focus on agrarian change; rural labour regimes; institutional and technological change; and state intervention. He is currently working with a project that focuses on the history and development of agricultural extension services in colonial Malawi vs. patterns of institutional and technological change among small-scale farmers in northern, central, and southern Malawi. He is also co-writing a book on Africa’s modern economic history that will be published later this year. Erik Green has been a visiting fellow at the History department, Malawi University and the Economic History department at London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published articles on the modern history of colonial Malawi
George Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Edward Waters College (EWC) and a member of the Ujuzi Group, an EWC think tank, which includes a component lecture series, The Wakaguzi Forum; additionally, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Communications at Stetson University. Prof. Griffin’s academic background includes a B.A. - Speech/English/Education from the University of West Florida and an M.A. - Communication Arts from Auburn University. His scholarship efforts include a book, STAGE FRIGHT ! A Student-Friendly Guide to Managing the Jitters (2008). Intercultural communications is his main research interest.
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