Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Kodzo Kuma Ahondo will present two lectures at Bluefield University during Global Education Emphasis Week. The first lecture entitled “Nation, Culture and Identity in the Togolese Republic” will be presented on Monday, March 18 at 4 p.m. in Shott Hall rooms A & B. The second lecture entitled “Analyzing American Civilization from an African Perspective” will be presented on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the Chandler Boardroom.
“The Global Education Program at Bluefield University is pleased to partner with Fulbright’s Outreach Lecturing Fund to bring Dr. Ahondo, a scholar from the Republic of Togo. Dr. Ahondo’s research confers an African perspective on American civilization, and it is our intent to diversify that perspective with an intimate view of Appalachian culture,” said Dr. Maria Zalduondo, director of global education at Bluefield University.
Dr. Kodzo Kuma Ahondo is an Assistant Professor in American Literature and Civilization at University of Lome, Togo, where he defended his doctoral dissertation in 2013 on James Baldwin and Gloria Naylor. He is currently a Postdoc Fulbright Scholar at New York University. Among his research interests: understanding Black male violence and its root causes, emasculation, social fabric and the struggle of classes and immigration, capitalism and the Industrial Revolution. Ahondo will also be sharing about his country and research interests during his visit to Bluefield University.
The presentations are conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). OLF enables Visiting Scholars to share their research interests, speak about their home country, and exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty, and community organizations. Through these lectures, colleges and universities forge relationships with the Fulbright Scholar Program, Visiting Scholars, and the Visiting Scholar’s home and host institutions.
Both lectures are free and open to the public.