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    Professor Jennifer Wilks discusses poet of the African Diaspora

    By Marsha Miller
    Published: Feb. 26, 2010

    The university has created a new academic department devoted to the study of the African Diaspora, the movement of Africans and their descendants to places throughout the world, particularly the descendants of black Africans who were enslaved and brought to the western hemisphere.

    In this first installment of an audio portrait series that explores the African Diaspora, Dr. Jennifer Wilks, an associate professor of English and African and African American Studies, discusses a 1939 poem by Aimé Césaire that reflects on the conditions of people of African descent under colonialism. Césaire was an early proponent of recognizing and celebrating blackness and the African cultural heritage of those in the diaspora throughout the world. He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the French language and in all of literature.

    Read the transcript of the interview (PDF).

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      Abdoul Diop said on Feb. 12, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.
      Interesting discussion of Aime Cesaire.Many African intellectuals indeed had Paris as their basis, where they would meet and discuss African Diaspora issues. Cesair, Seghore, David Diop, and many others. Interesting reading.
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      David Burke said on March 6, 2010 at 9:22 a.m.
      A lucid and fascinating discussion. Beautifully presented.
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