A.B. Assensoh will retire from Indiana University after two decades of dedicated service to the department. As a researcher, teacher, and public intellectual of international distinction, Dr. Assensoh has been dedicated to serving his students and community. For his outstanding service, he has been named a Professor Emeritus in the department. We wish him well in his retirement. Dr. Assensoh also received National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) summer faculty funding to participate in a competitively-selected NEH Institute on slavery and slave resistance at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Also in 2011, Dr. Assensoh received an inscribed plaque in recognition of his active support and mentoring of Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Program. Professors for the recognition are nominated by the Presidential Scholars of the program. The Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) also competitively accepted Dr. Assensoh's researched paper on comparative slavery for its 29th annual conference scheduled for Brazil this Fall 2011.
Visiting Scholar Claudia Drieling’s book, Constructs of “Home” in Gloria Naylor’s Quartet, was published by Königshausen & Neumann in 2011. At Alpha Phi Alpha's seventh annual Paul Robeson Oratorical Contest, Dr. Drieling was a judge, along with Robin Ameka, Ghangis Carter, and J.T. Snipes. She also co-hosted a roundtable session, “Hoos’yer neighbor,” at the ARC (Attention, Reflection, Connection) Conference on Identities: Steps toward an Inclusive Campus at IU. After serving as a student-nominated host of a faculty-student dinner for the 21st Century Scholars Program in 2010, Dr. Drieling was invited back in 2011 as an AAADS faculty representative for the program’s faculty-staff-student networking series. Last but not least, students from her A142 course formed a team, “The Frederick Dougies,” for the Black Knowledge Bowl 2011. Members included captain Aaricka Washington, Tenecia Broaden, Ricca Macklin, and Benjamin Warner.
Valerie Grim was promoted to the rank of professor in the spring. She also served as a co-guest editor of the AAADS journal, Black Diaspora Review, along with AAADS PhD student Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde.
Sylvester Johnson (Adjunct, Religious Studies) has been researching African American religions and American empire, a book-length project nearing completion. He also has co-authored a textbook on American religious history. Dr. Johnson also Presented on religion and empire at Religion and American Culture Bi-Annual Conference in Indianapolis in June 2011.
Fred McElroy and Vernon Williams served as co-editors of the journal, Black Diaspora Review, published by Indiana University Press.
Frank Motley (Adjunct, Mauer School of Law) was invited to make a presentation on Diversity Planning at the The Fifth Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals, “Law School & Diversity: Perspectives on Progress” on April 13-14, 2011 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Widener School of Law.
Iris Rosa directed the African American Dance Company in several performances, including a lecture and demo at Ivy Tech, the Spring Concert at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Stonebelt, the African American Arts Institute Potpourri of the Arts on Nov 5, and the AADC Studio Concert on Dec 6. She also directed Sancocho: Music and Dance Collage in performances at the Indianapolis International Festival, for Young Audiences of Indiana, at Diversity Day Initiative for the Department of Agriculture, and for a World Dance Course at Butler University. She also choreographed Abena and the Phython and a piece for the Contemporary Modern Dance Faculty Concert. She also gave guest lectures for IU Latino Studies and IUPUI’s African Religions course. A contribution to the Contemporary Modern Dance Program and the African American Arts Institute was made by Deborah and Arthur Page in honor of Professor Rosa for the mentorship and education their daughter Kate Page received from her during her undergraduate career at Indiana University.
Micol Seigel received an ACLS/Oscar Handlin Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Oscar Handlin Fund for Research in American History. Dr. Seigel’s research will examine U.S. policing during the cold war, uncovering the global currents flowing through postwar police practice, revealing otherwise invisible aspects of the criminal justice system. Dr. Seigel also presented a paper on "Violence in the Realm of the Social" at the conference, "Competing and Complementary Visions of the Social: History, Sociology, Anthropology," held at the Central European University in Budapest on September 23-24.
John Stanfield has published two books this fall: (1) Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in research Methods and (2) Historical Foundations of Black Reflective Sociology. In addition, Professor Stanfield on Friday, September 23, presented a research lecture titled: “Ethical and Political Considerations in Doing Research in Communities of Color,” sponsored by Workshop in Methods (WIMs).