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David Adu-Amankwah

Dr. Adu-Amankwah is an Assistant Coordinator for the African Languages Program and an instructor in Twi/Akan as well as for the African Studies Program. Courses offered by Dr. Adu-Amankwah include Akan Social Life and Cultural Heritage, Occultism in Africa, Popular Akan Oral Art Forms, African Expressive Routines, African Communication and Culture, and Akan courses at all three levels, Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced. His research interests include Akan language, culture, and verbal art (proverb, praise poetry, and joke); African communication in culture; occult power and 'Spiritist' shurches in Ghana; and ethnopragmatics of verbal art.


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John H. Hanson

Dr. Hanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. He is interested in Islam, Religion, and 19th and 20th century West Africa. Dr. Hanson's offered courses include African Civilizations, History of West Africa, Christianity in Africa, Jihad and the Modern World, graduate colloquia and seminars on various topics in social and cultural history.


Clara Henderson
Clara Henderson

Clara Henderson (PhD Folklore & Ethnomusicology 2009) is Associate Director of the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (www.iub.edu/~idah) at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is affiliated with the African Studies program and the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. She is also Associate Director for the EVIA Digital Archive Project and is Project Manager for the Ethnomusicology Multimedia Project. She teaches an Advanced Fieldwork course in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, focusing on the under-emphasized components of fieldwork such as ethnography and the senses, bodily knowledge, and identity markers. Her research interests include the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora, religious expression, visual media, and technology. Before attending Indiana University she lived and worked in Malawi for nearly twenty years. She is currently preparing a monograph on dance discourse in the music and lives of Presbyterian women's guilds in southern Malawi, and is conducting research on the ways in which Africans, both individually and collectively, have influenced and shaped the perspectives of missionaries, ethnographers, and travelers from the late 19th century to the present. She performed for a number of years with the Mutinhimira Marimba Band, and with the Afro-Brazilian samba group Women of Mass Percussion.


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Daniel B. Reed

Dr. Reed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. He is interested in music and identity, religion, globalization and immigration; masked performance; popular music; West Africa, especially Cote d'Ivoire. Courses offered by Dr. Reed include Global Popular Music, West African Music, Music in African Life, Music in Religious Thought and Experience, and Introduction to World Music and Culture, all for undergraduates. For graduates, courses include History of Ideas in Ethnomusicology, Ritual Music in West Africa, African Expressive Culture Now, Advanced Fieldwork: Writing and Representation, Music in Religious Thought and Experience, and Music in African Life.


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Beth Lewis Samuelson

Dr. Samuelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education, School of Education. Her research interests include literacy education, content-based instruction in language education, English as a second/foreign language, and the Books and Beyond Project. Courses Dr. Samuelson teaches include Theoretical Issues in Literacy Studies and Research in Second Language Writing.


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