FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

13 September 2011

Africa: UTG Hosts Lectures on Black Culural Production and Civil Rights Movement

A three days lecture on Black Cultural production and Civil Rights Movement organized by the University of The Gambia (UTG) in collaboration with the American Embassy in Banjul ended on Friday 9th September at the UTG Brikama Campus.

The lectures were delivered by professor Timothy Lake, who is an Associate Professor of English and also the Director of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies at Wabash College, USA.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the UTG International Relation Officer, Ansuman Darboe, expressed their pleasure to be associated with this type of events that are important in serving in the production of knowledge. "This will definitely help to improve and add on what you learned in the class room", said Darboe.

Darboe finally expressed his gratitude to Professor Lake for supporting students of the UTG.

Dr. Pierre Gomez, the Dean of the School of Arts and Science at the UTG, said the messages passed to students are important and expressed his hope that the students will implement them.

Dr. Gomez also expressed satisfaction with UTG students both in and outside the Gambia, adding that most of their students send to the Diaspora came out with distinctions.

The President of the UTG Student's Union, Alkali Dibba said they are satisfied with the lectures and that visiting scholars like Professor Lake are what they need to expand their horizons.

He finally urged the visiting professor to come back to The Gambia in order to share more with them.

Talking to this reporter after the efvent, the Students' Union president, Dibba said the lectures have availed the students the opportunity to appreciate and know more about the cultures of black people in the both the Diaspora and Africa.

Dibba said the seminar has created awareness on the concept of Black culture and that this will help them to respect both their culture and other cultures as well. He added that the lectures had helped them to become more tolerant of others.

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