Historian to Discuss Liberated Slaves' Return to Africa

On Tuesday, May 7, Dr. Kwame Essien will deliver a lecture entitled "‘Z-Paths’ Across the Atlantic: Liberated Africans and their Descendants in Ghana from the 1800s." Everyone is welcome to attend this event, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Henry Hudson Room in Fontaine Hall.

Kwame Essien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Africana Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He earned his doctorate in African and African Diaspora History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Before joining the faculty at Lehigh, Dr. Essien served as a Derrick Gondwe postdoctoral fellow at Gettysburg College and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dr. Essien co-authored Culture and Customs of Sudan (Greenwood, 2009) and co-edited Pan-Africanism, and the Politics of African Citizenship and Identity (Routledge, 2013). Dr. Essien has also published articles, chapters, reviews, and encyclopedia entries. He has presented his works at national and international conferences and is the recipient of the 2011 Junior Scholar Excellence Award in African Studies. Dr. Essien’s research focuses on comparative histories of slavery, reverse migrations, race and cultures in Africa and the African Diaspora/Atlantic world, homophobia in Africa, and African American history in Ghana/West Africa.