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Upcoming events - AADS-WCAAAS Postdoctoral Fellow Lecture Series

Posted: January 23, 2012
Dr. Mark Broomfield and Dr. Samantha Pinto

Dr. Mark Broomfield and Dr. Samantha Pinto

AADS and WCAAAS are excited to announce a new Spring event series – the Postdoctoral Fellow Lecture Series. This series of talks from our two postdocs, Mark Broomfield and Samantha Pinto, will exhibit their research and fields of study to the UT Austin community.

Samantha Pinto, who is currently teaching the undergraduate course African Cultural Studies, will be presenting a lecture entitled “Something Akin to Human Rights: Mary Seacole’s Adventures in Global Citizenship” on January 25th. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she teaches contemporary African literature, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st century African American literature, postcolonial literature and film, and gender and sexuality studies.  Dr. Pinto is currently finishing a book on race, gender, and literary aesthetics in 20th century African Diaspora writing. While at UT, she is researching her second book project on the discourse between18th and 19th century black celebrities and human rights.   She is the recipient of an NEH Enduring Questions grant as well as a Harry Ransom Center fellowship; Dr. Pinto has also served as a judge for the Caine Prize in African Literature.  

Mark Broomfield , who is currently teaching the course “Black Masculinities: Body and Performance”, will present his talk on February 1st entitled “Passing for Almost Straight: Similarities and Differences Between Heterosexual and Gay Male Gender Performances On- and Offstage”.  This work, which he is also developing into a book manuscript, examines the sexual passing and multidimensionality of African-American dancer-choreographers in the late 20th and early 21st century. Dr. Broomfield received his Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and his M.F.A. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Broomfield was an Assistant Professor and Resident Choreographer at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. He has also taught in the Theatre and Dance Department of Phillips Academy Andover, one of the preeminent private secondary schools in the United States, where he was the Director of Dance, lecturer, and artist-in-residence. Broomfield is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions that include The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship.

For more information on the research and accolades of our postdoctoral fellows, please visit their profiles on the AADS and Center faculty websites. We’re proud to have them with us for the 2011-2012 academic year, and look forward to getting to know these scholars through their upcoming postdoc talks.

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