The College of Staten Island is presenting Estevanico: Tracing the Footsteps of a Remarkable African Explorer on Tuesday, February 20, at the Center for the Arts (Room 120), part of Black History Month programming at the College. The two-hour event will feature a range of speakers retelling the “captivating story of a man who defied the constraints of his era, leaving an indeliable mark on the tapestry of Black history.”

Estevanico, also known as Esteban the Moor, or Mustapha Ezzemouri, was an African explorer and adventurer whose exploits during the 16th century resonate with courage, resilience, and a quest for knowledge. According to the consortium of organizers, Tuesday’s conference hopes to “shed light on the incredible journey of Estevanico, who played a pivotal role in the exploration
and mapping of the Americas during this era, despite facing unique challenges as an African slave.

Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi will provide welcoming remarks and introduce the symposium. Scheduled to appear are:

H.E. Abdelkader Jamoussi
Dr. John T. Wing
Author Paul Schneider
Dr. Hsain Ilahiane
Dr. Anouar Majid
Dr. Chouaib Halifi
Dr. Nouri Al-Jarrah
H.E. Dr. Hassan Hami
Hon. Dr. Alfred B. Curtis, Jr.

Art and music presentations will also be featured durig the event, which has been organized by The General Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco; Department of Biology and Center for Developmental Neuroscience; Department of History; Department of World Languages and Literatures; African and African Diaspora Studies Program; Black and Latino Urban Male Initiative; Center for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development; Center for Global Engagement; and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The event is sponsored by The College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, The General Consulate of the Kingdom of Morocco, College of Staten Island Student Government, and Royal Air Maroc.