Dr. Manthia Diawara will present the address "Narratives of Return" as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar at Hope College on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in room 102 of VanderWerf Hall.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Diawara is professor of comparative literature and
film, as well as director of the Africana Studies Program
and the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at New York
University, and is an expert on African-American, ethnic and
His premise in "Narratives of Return" will be that
every exile lives for the moment of return. He will explore
issues including what happens to identity during the time of
exile, whether exiles can return home and resume their
original identity in society, and the return of the children
of the African diaspora to Africa.
A native of Mali, Diawara studied in France and
the United States, receiving a doctorate from Indiana
University. He later taught at the University of
California-Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania.
He has published widely on film and literature of
the Black Diaspora. He is the author of "Black-American
Cinema: Aesthetics & Spectatorship" (Routledge, 1993) and
"African Cinema: Politics and Culture" (Indiana University
Press, 1992). His most recent book is "In Search of Africa:
The African-American Dream of Modernity" (Harvard University
Press, 1998). He is the director of "Rouch in Reverse" and
co-director of "Sembene Ousmane: The Making of African