Events

Africa and Africans in the U.S. Imagination
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
Africa and Africans in the U.S. Imagination

4pm
FRI February 23
Smith Memorial Student Union 
Green Roots Café RM 026

 

Dr. David Peterson del Mar, Associate Professor of History at Portland State University, will discuss his recently published book African, American: From Tarzan to Dreams from My Fathers—Africa in the U.S. Imagination. Several African students from Reynolds High School will illustrate one of his book’s central themes: Africans are shouldering aside Tarzan in telling their own African stories to a growing audience of American listeners.

 

“The book is . . . a work of applied ethics as well as one of historical scholarship. . . . Dr. Peterson del Mar consistently looks for ways that interactions between Americans and Africans inform ethical ways of living in a shrinking world.” 

Curtis Keim, author of Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind

 

Dr. David Peterson del Mar, is the author of seven books, including African, American: From Tarzan to Dreams from My Fathers—Africa in the U.S. Imagination and the President of Yo Ghana!, a nonprofit devoted to transformative exchanges between students in the Pacific Northwest and West Africa.