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Kiswahili studies scholar to visit Winston-Salem State University on Feb 28

Dr. F.E.M.K. Senkoro
Date:  February 28, 2013

Time:  2 pm

Summary:  Dr. F.E.M.K. Senkoro, the founding director of the Institute of Kiswahili at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will be the guest lecturer on "Popular Kiswahili Culture and Youth Identity in East Africa" on Thursday, February 28, at 2 p.m. as part of his visit to Winston-Salem State University.

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Dr. F.E.M.K. Senkoro, the founding director of the Institute of Kiswahili at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will be the guest lecturer on "Popular Kiswahili Culture and Youth Identity in East Africa" on Thursday, February 28, at 2 p.m. as part of his visit to Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).
 
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be in Room 136 of the R. J. Reynolds Building on the WSSU campus.
 
Kiswahili is spoken by an estimated 50 million people in eastern and central African.  It is the national language in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and is spoken in several other areas including Rwanda, Burundi, portions Mozambique and Somalia.
 
Senkoro, currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University, will be at WSSU through March 1.  He also will serve as the host faculty for the university’s summer 2013 study abroad program in Kenya and Tanzania.  During his visit, he will meet with students and faculty participating in the summer program and also participate in the UNC language assembly video class on Swahili.  His visit is being sponsored by the WSSU Office of International Programs and the Department of World Languages and Cultures.
 
Senkoro earned his undergraduate degree in education, a master's and Ph.D. degrees in Kiswahili all from the University of Dar es Salaam and he has a master's in comparative literature from the University of Alberta, Canada.  He is a professor, consultant and immediate past head of the Centre for Literature and African Oral Traditions in the Institute of Kiswahili Studies. Earlier, Senkoro was head of the Kiswahili Department, associate dean for research and publications, and on the faculty of arts and social sciences at University of Dar es Salaam.  He is an executive committee member of the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa.
 
A guest scholar at the Universities of South Africa and Durban-Westville, Senkoro has been a visiting professor and senior fellow at the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison, Boston, Harvard and now Princeton. He has published more than 100 articles on various aspects of African literature, especially on Kiswahili literature and culture, 10 books, two novels and a collection of short stories. Senkoro's current research endeavors include projects on the language of instruction in Tanzania and South Africa, the interface between modern and indigenous knowledge in land use activities in the Lake Victoria Basin, and communication changes in the new family set-up resulting from the effects of HIV/AIDS in Southern Tanzania.
 
Senkoro has won several awards for his work including the Tanzania National Kiswahili Council's Shaaban Robert Memorial Prize and Medal for Kiswahili language and literature and an award from the Council for Development of Social Research in Africa for his research on the social significance of the journey in children's fairy tales from Zanzibar.  He also received a senior fellowship from the  Rockefeller African Humanities Institute, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro American Research at Harvard University.

Categories:  Arts and Events, Workshops and Seminars, Community Connections, Lectures and Readings

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