African Art Is Focus for Scholarly Lectures

Posted: February 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Sarah McGurk

The African American Studies Research and Resource Center (AASRRC) has named Dr. Kwaku Ofori-Ansa as the 2002 African American Studies Scholar-In-Residence. As part of his residence, he will assist the AASRRC in cataloging and writing proposals to support their African Art collection and related initiatives. This semester he will also teach the African art history course for the Department of History and Art History.

Ofori-Ansa is an associate professor of African art history in Howard University’s Department of Art. His publications include exhibition catalogues, articles, teachers’ manuals, and charts on African art and culture. He is a recipient of research awards from the Howard University Sponsored Faculty Research Program and a research fellowship from the International Affairs Center at Howard. In 1994, he led Howard University’s participation in the International Visual Arts Exhibition at the Second Pan-African Historical Theater Festival in Ghana.

As scholar-in-residence, Ofori-Ansa presents three lectures during the spring semester. A welcoming reception will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. as part of Black History Month. His first lecture, “The Spirit and Language of African Art,” takes place Monday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Room B110 of the Fine Arts Building. The second lecture will focus on women as part of Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 6, at 3 p.m. The final lecture will be included in the International Week activities on Wednesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. The last two lectures take place in the Paul Robeson Room, 240A, of the Johnson Center.

The African American Studies Program strives to bring to George Mason guest scholars who have demonstrated commitment and professional achievements in areas related to African American studies. For more information, contact Phyllis Slade-Martin at x34080.

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