Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Guest Speaker, Michael Williams, Ph.D.

Michael Williams is Chairman of the Aya Centre, a single-purpose, multi-service organization, located in Accra, Ghana, designed to enhance the learning experience and cultural awareness of persons traveling to Ghana. He is also a former Professor at the African University College of Communications (AUCC), also located in Accra, where he served in a dual capacity as the Director for Africana Studies and the Dean of International Programmes. He is currently on the faculty of the NYU in Ghana Program where he is also serving on its Academic Board.

For twelve years prior to his work with the Aya Centre, AUCC and NYU, Dr. Williams served as the Resident Director in Ghana for the Council on International Educational Exchange. During this period he was also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana. Before moving to, and settling in, Ghana in 1994, Dr. Williams taught at various universities in the United States for fifteen years—including Fisk University, Binghamton University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and last serving as an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of Africana Studies at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.

He earned his BA at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Sociology, and his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Williams researches, writes, and publishes in the areas of the sociology of knowledge, social movements, the political economy of Africa, and Pan-Africanism. He is also the founder and editor of The Nkrumaist Review: Pan-African Perspective on African Affairs.

Dr. Williams lecture is entitled: "Africa and the Dynamics of Development"

The lecture will be held in Chapman Lecture Hall, Monday, February 27, 2012, at noon.  A light lunch will be provided.

Cindy Tissue