Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

George Bond Memorial Conference

Event Details

George Bond Memorial Conference
April 10, 2015 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
509 Knox Hall

This is day long conference to honor the scholarship of the late Professor George Bond. The conference will be held at Columbia University on Friday, April 10, 2015.

The conference aims to honor the scholarly contribution of Professor Bond through three panels on topics relevant to his life's work: (1) Religion, Politics and Society in Africa; (2) Black Intellectuals and the Quest for Emancipation; (3) The Education of Africans and Africanists at Columbia University.

One panel discussion will re-examine Christianity in the African social, political and cultural contexts. Two main themes to be considered: (1) religious elites and networks and (2) the ambiguous boundaries between prophetic, evangelical, and pentecostal movements and politics.

A second panel discussion will re-examine black intellectuals and the quest for emancipation from the 19th century to present moment. Some considerations might include: (1) networks and exchange among Africans and African Americans in Africa, Europe, and North America; (2) African and African American scholarship and activism and the connection between them; (3) education and emancipation.

Conference Program:
Friday, April 10, 2015

Venue: 509 KNOX HALL

Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, co-sponsored by the Center for African Education, Teachers College CU

9:00 - 9:30: Breakfast

9:30-9:45: Opening remarks

Panel I: Religion, Politics and Society in Africa
Ronald Kassimir, New School, Chair
Diane Ciekawy, Ohio University
Elias Bongmba, Rice University and
Marcia Wright, Columbia University. “Zambian Christian Independency: An Overview with Special Reference to the Lumpa (Lenshina) Church

12:00-1:00: Lunch

Panel II: Black Intellectuals and the Quest for Emancipation
Mamadou Diouf, Director of the African Institute, Chair
Hollis Lynch, Columbia University
Nigel Gibson, Emerson College
Michael Ralph, NYU

3:00-3:15: Coffee break

Panel III: Portal to Africa: TC, the African Institute and the Center for African Education, 1964-2014

Part 1: The First Generation (1960s and 1970s). Lived experience as students at TC and career in relation to Africa
Marcia Wright, Chair
Evelyn Jones Rich, Ph.D, Educator and Activist, NY public school teacher and principal,
Associate Dean Hunter College (CUNY) Programs in Education (retired)
Sue Nanka-Bruce, Ed.D. Teachers for East Africa and TC International Students Advisor (retired)
Peter Moock, MA TC, 1973, Ph.D. education economist, former TC faculty, World Bank

Part 2: Into the 21st Century
Aleesha Taylor, Open Society Foundation
Amelia Herbert, Doctoral Candidate, Teacher’s College

5:30: Reception