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African Scholar to Present at Ohio Wesleyan University

April 7, 2008

Ali A. Mazrui, Ph.D.
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host African scholar Ali A. Mazrui, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. April 21 in Benes Rooms A&B in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event, sponsored by the university’s Department of Black World Studies, is free and open to the public.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Mazrui will present “The United States as a Universal Nation: Between the Islamic Crescent and the Star- Spangled Banner.” In addition to delivering a lecture on campus, Mazrui also will receive the university’s honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters that evening.

Currently the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at State University of New York, Binghamton, Mazrui is the author of more than 30 books on African politics, international political culture, political Islam, and North-South relations. He also has served as president of the African Studies Association and vice president of the International Political Science Association, and he created the acclaimed television series, “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.” Mazrui, a native of Kenya, earned his doctorate in 1966 at Oxford University in England.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.