SUNY Oneonta News

April 6, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Dr. Ama Mazama, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Temple University, will offer a presentation entitled "Linguistic Connections Between Africa and the Caribbean: The Case of Guadeloupe" on Wednesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Experiences in Lee Hall at the SUNY College at Oneonta. The event is the final installment of the 2009-2010 Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series at the College. Admission to the presentation is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Dr. Mazama, who holds a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, is a prominent author and editor. She is the co-editor with Molefi Kete Asante of both the "Encyclopedia of Black Studies" and the "Encyclopedia of African Religion." She has served on the editorial boards of the "Journal of Black Studies," "Journal of African Cultural Transmissions," and "Imhotep." At Temple University, she teaches courses on the history, culture, and languages of Africa and the Caribbean.

The Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series is being presented in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Ralph Watkins of the SUNY Oneonta History and Africana and Latino Studies Departments. A specialist in African-American and American history, Professor Watkins taught at the College for over 30 years and served as Chair of the Africana and Latino Studies Department for more than a decade.

Presented by the SUNY Oneonta Departments of Africana and Latino Studies and History, the Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by an Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Action (IDEA) Grant from the College. More information about the series is available from Dr. Ibram H. Rogers, Assistant Professor of African American History, at (607) 436-3253 or by e-mail to




For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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