Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Feb 19 Indigenous Game Worlds & the New South Africa

Indigenous Game Worlds and the New South Africa: Play, Politics, and Africanity
Presented by: Dr. John S. Wright, African American and African Studies Department, and Serena L. Wright, College of Education and Human Development

Friday February 19th, 2016    Noon-1pm
537 Heller Hall

Speaker Biographies:

John S. Wright is a Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American & African Studies and English at the University of Minnesota. Born in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, Wright received degrees in three different fields from the University of Minnesota, including his Ph.D. in American Studies/History of African Peoples, 1977). While chairing Afro-American & African Studies at Carleton from 1974-82, he spent research leaves at Harvard and Atlanta Universities; and he returned to the University of Minnesota to chair the renamed Department of African American & African Studies from 1984-89 and 1995-96. Here at Minnesota, Wright spearheaded the acquisition of the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature and Life in 1985, and still serves as its Founding Faculty Scholar.

Serena Wright has a B.A. is Psychology and a well-earned reputation as “Events Coordinator Extraordinaire.” She is currently the Interim Senior Alumni Relations Director and Director of Events for the University’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), where she has worked since 2006. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey she attended Fisk University and Rutgers, training for a career in teaching before she sidestepped into the world of New York modeling, fashion, and textiles until she was –happily for us—“kidnapped” by her husband-to-be, Professor John Wright, and deposited here on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, whence she initially became Vice President of Marketing/Operations for Creative Intellectual Properties, Inc. before joining the administrative staff of the University’s General College in 2002 prior to the subsequent three college consolidation that created CEHD.
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