January 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Contemporary History | Sarr on Gambian Election, Jan. 26

Dr. Assan Sarr

Dr. Assan Sarr

Dr. Assan Sarr will begin the Contemporary History Institute spring semester lecture series on Thursday, Jan. 26, with a talk entitled “Gambia’s ‘Unprecedented’ 2016 Election: Accounting for the Recent Crisis in the Small West African Nation.”  The talk is in Baker 242 at 4:30 pm.

Sarr has just returned from a visit to Gambia and will be sharing his observations and insights on this recent event.

Sarr, Assistant Professor in the History Department at Ohio University, has just published Islam, Power, and Dependency in the Gambia River Basin: The Politics of Land Control, 1790-1940, with the University of Rochester Press. He also is working on a scholarly biography of a man named Samuel John Forster (c.1873-1940), a Gambian Creole and descendant of a “Liberated African.”

Sarr serves on the advisory board of the NEH-funded Slave Biographies Project based at Michigan State University. He is affiliated with Ohio University’s African Studies Program and the Carolina Low country and Atlantic World Program (College of Charleston). In 2014, he was named a fellow at The Charles J. Ping Center for the Teaching of the Humanities at Ohio University.

This event is free and open to the public.

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