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The John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies recognizes African & African American Studies Major Charles Bailey

Posted: May 3, 2010

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The John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies is pleased to recognize African & African American Studies Major Charles Bailey for being accepted into the Yoruba Fullbright- Hays Group Project Program.

The Yoruba Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (Yoruba GPA) is an intensive course in advanced Yoruba Language studies which is awarded to a select few students from across the United States. Students must first apply for the Fulbright and pass an oral examination in Yoruba by professors associated with the program. Students who are accepted into the program spend 2 months in Ile-Ife to learn Yoruba language and culture. The program allows students to stay with a host family and for students to participate in various cultural excursions in Yorubaland.

Charles Bailey is a Sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin.  Last Summer Charles participated in a Maymester program to Ghana and cannot wait to return to Africa this summer for the Yoruba GPA Fulbright program. Currently, Charles is completing his second semester of Yoruba and is excited to use the skills he's learned thus far to converse with native Yoruba speakers. While in Nigeria he hopes to conduct candid interviews with locals about their conception of race, as a part of his larger interest to study the process of racialization on the African continent and throughout the Diaspora.

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