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Darl Snyder Lecture at UGA to focus on African immigrants in the US

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia African Studies Institute will present the 2013 Darl Snyder Lecture March 5 at 10 a.m. in the UGA Chapel. African historian Toyin Falola will present this year’s lecture on “African Immigrants in the United States and Subatomic Agents of Culture.” The talk is free and open to the public.

“Professor Falola is one of the pre-eminent historians of his generation, and not merely among historians of Africa, but among all historians across the globe,” said Timothy Cleaveland, associate professor in the department of history and chair of the Darl Snyder Lecture planning committee. “The subject of his lecture, the roles of African immigrants in the U.S., is particularly topical today as our immigrant nation struggles with its own self-understanding.”

A fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. An author and editor, he is the co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History, series editor of “Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora” and series editor of “Culture and Customs of Africa.”

The Darl Snyder Lecture Series was established in 1992 in recognition of Snyder’s dedication, research and service-learning programs in and about Africa. Snyder’s affiliation with UGA began in 1969 as a program specialist at the Rural Development Center in Tifton. He eventually became director of the Office of International Development in 1989. Although he retired from UGA in 1992, Snyder and his family continue to support African studies and UGA endeavors in Africa.

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