CLR James Lecture to Welcome Awad Ibrahim | St. Lawrence University

CLR James Lecture to Welcome Awad Ibrahim

St. Lawrence University’s African studies program will host Awad Ibrahim, professor of education at University of Ottawa, to deliver the C.L.R. James Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public. 

Ibrahim’s lecture, titled “What Happens When Africa Meets St. Lawrence University? Black/Continental African Immigrants and the Politics of Identity, Race and Language,” will focus on the identity transformation of becoming Black at St. Lawrence University. This includes searching for the empirical and ethnographic ways of Africa meeting and assimilating to St. Lawrence campus and culture, including looking at the education on Black English as a second language or BESL and the ways in which continental Africans learn and how they adapt to the new language. Furthermore, looking at the ways Black pop culture helps to teach BESL. Ibrahim will center around the ideals of black culture and the ways they are shown and expressed on St. Lawrence’s campus.

Ibrahim is an award-winning author and is considered a curriculum theorist with a special interest in applied linguistics, cultural studies, Hip-Hop, youth and Black popular culture, philosophy and sociology of education, social justice, diasporic and continental African identities, and ethnography. He has performed research and published over 100 works in these disciplines, including The Rhizome of Blackness: A Critical Ethnography of Hip-Hop Culture, Language, Identity and the Politics of Becoming (2014). Ibrahim obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Internationally, he has ongoing projects in Morocco, Sudan and the United States, including an ethnography of an inner-city high school in Ottawa and another project on the daily struggle of ‘becoming citizen’ in Canada. 

C.L.R. James (1901-1989) was an Afro-Trinidadian historian whose influence on postcolonial literature inspired this annual lecture series. The C.L.R. James Lecture is an opportunity for all members of the St. Lawrence University community to come together to discuss African issues. The C.L.R. James Lecture is sponsored by the African studies program with support from both CIIS and the Engaging Africa Initiative.

For more information please contact the African studies program at 315-229-5140.