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Africa and the World - Part 3

Thursday, February 18, 2021 |
6:30PM - 8:00PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Tukufu Zuberi


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“Africa and the World” is a dynamic discussion of how people and events in Africa shape our world today. Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D will discuss stories of many Africans he has met—from refugees to heads of state—as he takes participants through key events in African history.

Using clips from his feature-length documentary, African Independence, Dr. Zuberi traces the epic story of the African continent from enslavement and colonization to the struggle for freedom and self-determination. We will examine the birth and realization of the movement to win independence in Africa, as well as problems confronted along the way.

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to bringing a fresh view of culture and society to the public through various platforms such as guest lecturing at universities, television programs, and interactive social media. Currently, he works on human rights initiatives by participating in public speaking engagements, international collaborations with transnational organizations, and individuals dedicated to human equality.

Tukufu’s research focuses on Race and African and African Diaspora populations. He has been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Chair of the Graduate Group in Demography, the Director of the African Studies Program, and the Director of the Afro-American Studies Program. In 2002, he became the founding Director of the Center for Africana Studies, and he has also served as the Faculty Associate Director of the Center for Africana Studies.

He is the writer and producer for African Independence, an award-winning feature-length documentary film that highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the movement to win independence in Africa. The story is told by channeling the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people. With this and other documentary film projects, Tukufu’s is dedicated to bringing a critical, creative vision not typically seen or heard on the big and small screen.

Born Antonio McDaniel to Willie and Annie McDaniel, and raised in the housing projects of Oakland, California in the 1970s, he embraced the name Tukufu Zuberi—Swahili for "beyond praise" and "strength." He “took the name because of a desire to make and have a connection with an important period where people were challenging what it means to be a human being."

$175 General | $125 Member

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