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The next segment in the Chautauqua Lecture Series features a presentation by Dr. Toyin Falola discussing “Sustainable Development: African Perspectives” as the Black History Month Keynote Address. This presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place in O’Donnell Hall, of the Whitlock Building on February 13, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

He is co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History, Series Editor of The Cambria African Studies Series, Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, and the Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press.

Falola has authored countless books including "Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide" and "Nationalism and African Intellectuals," and dozens of edited collections, including "Tradition and Change in Africa" and "African Writers and Readers." 

He is a fellow of the Historical Society of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, the Office of Diversity, the African/African American Studies Program, and the Honors Program.

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