The French Program and the World Languages and Literatures
Department present Dr. Maboula Soumahoro, who will discuss
“Back to Reality: France, the End of Color-Blindness and the
Necessity of Black History Month.”
Dr. Soumahoro is an Associate Professor in the English
Department at the Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France.
She has been a visiting lecturer in Africana Studies at Barnard
College and at the Institute for Research in African American
Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University (New York). She
received her PhD magna cum laude from the English Department
of the Université de Tours Francois-Rabelais (France). She has
also been a Visiting Scholar in the History Department and the
Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at
Columbia University. She has lectured and delivered papers in the
United States, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Her current forthcoming projects include “Black Peoples, Black
Gods,” a comparative historical analysis of the emergence of
Rastafari and the Nation of Islam; “Constructing Black France: A
Transatlantic Dialogue,” a collection of essays from the
conference of the same title that she organized at Columbia
University in April 2009; and an essay on “Maryse Condé’s Segu
in Black Women's Intellectual History,” edited by Farah Griffin,
Barbara Savage, Mia Bay, and Martha Jones.