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Sept. 22, 2008
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Internationally-known scholar Ali Mazrui named 2008-09 McAndless Distinguished Professor at EMU

YPSILANTI —Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at Binghamton University – State University of New York, has been named the 2008-09 M. Thelma McAndless Distinguished Professor at Eastern Michigan University. Mazrui will join the EMU Department of African American Studies in the College of Arts & Science for his term as the McAndless Scholar in winter 2009.

“Dr. Mazrui’s presence will help educate all of us about Africa and the influence of Africa on the world,” said Thomas Venner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

While at EMU, Mazrui’s schedule will include a public lecture; a seminar for faculty and graduate students; and an informal evening with students and faculty to discuss his PBS television series, “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.”

He also will guest lecture in a number of graduate and undergraduate classes within the College of Arts and Sciences.           

Mazrui is a widely-published scholar and recipient of several major awards including the Medal of Grand Companion of Oliver Tambo, bestowed upon him by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa in 2007. He also was awarded the Living Legend Award from the Economic Community of West African States and the Pan African Communication Agency.

He currently serves as director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University.

The M. Thelma McAndless endowed chair program brings distinguished artists and scholars in the humanities to EMU. Previous recipients have included actor Ben Vereen; Marshall Poe, founder of Memory Archive: The Encyclopedia of Memories,” Gillian Eaton, a director and actor who specializes in Shakespeare, and graphic novelist Scott McCloud.


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