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- Audience: Free and Open to the Public
The Department of History presents The Annual Byrn Lecture, Mamadou Diouf , Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, Columbia University, "Saint Louis du Senegal: The Making of an Indigenous City in Atlantic World, from the French Revolution to WWI."
Talk open to the public. Reception to follow.
Mamadou Diouf holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Before joining the faculty at Columbia University, he was the Charles D. Moody Jr. Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, from 2000 to 2007. Before that, he was Head of the Research, Information, and Documentation Department of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and faculty member of the History Department of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal.
His research interests include urban, political, social and intellectual history in colonial and postcolonial Africa. His publications include: Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal [ed. 2013], and New Perspectives on Islam in Senegal: Conversion, Migration, Wealth, and Power (with Mara A. Leichtman) .
About The Annual Byrn Lecture. Each year since 1986, the Vanderbilt History Department has invited a distinguished historian to address broad themes in world history, historiography, or the philosophy of history in the annual Byrn lecture. The Byrn Lecture is named in honor of educator John W. Byrn. Mr. Byrn earned his B.A. at Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University) in 1927, and continued his education at Stanford University, where he earned his M.A. When he retired in 1969, he sought to promote the ideas of historian and philosopher Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975), and in 1986, made an endowment to the university in the form of this annual lecture.