New Directions


At a conference center on the grounds of an old coffee plantation in the small mountain town of Sasaima, Colombia, 27people have gathered for what is billed as an International Seminar on Research and Teaching in Afro-South American Studies. The event is co-hosted by Howard University’s history department and three South American research centers, with financing provided by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Participants include five Howard representatives and Afro-South American researchers, teachers and community leaders from Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. Their purpose here is two-fold: to talk about ways Howard University scholars and Afro-South American scholars can work together in the area of Black studies; and to learn something about what individual Afro-South American scholars are finding as they seek to explore and reclaim their heritage.