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Senegalese Historian Babacar Fall Speaks, March 3-4

  • Published: February 24, 2010

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For more information, contact Mireille Le Breton at (585) 389-2685 or Otieno Kisiara at (585) 389-2768.

Senegalese Historian Babacar Fall Speaks, March 3-4

Nazareth College is pleased to host Babacar Fall for the continuation of the 2009-2010 French House Lecture Series. Fall will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of African Independences with his lecture, Labor, ideological construction and colonial policy in French West Africa, on Wednesday, March 3  from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the French House on the Nazareth College campus. He will also present  Methodologies of History vs. Literature during the History Hour on Thursday, March 4 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Golisano Academic Center Room 325. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14618. For more information, contact Mireille Le Breton at (585) 389-2685 or Otieno Kisiara at (585) 389-2768.

Fall is a professor and chair of the history and geography didactic department at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal, the leading institution of higher learning in Francophone West Africa. Currently, he is a Fellow at the International Research Institute on Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History of Humboldt University, Germany. Fall is also chair of the SchoolNetAfrica Board, a panafrican organization promoting the use of Information Communication and Technology in African schools.

Aside from teaching, Fall is the author of many publications on education and social history. His research explores the changing nature of labor relations since the colonial period. Some of his works include Le travail forcé en Afrique Occidentale Française: 1900-1945 (1993), which details the use of forced labor as a tool of social control and cultural transformation in colonial West Africa, and Ajustement structurel et Emploi au Sénégal  (1996), which discusses labor market changes in the context of contemporary structural adjustment dynamics. His most recent work is a book manuscript, Senegal: The Labour Question in the Twentieth Century (2009). Currently, Fall is working on a research project focusing on the history and development crisis facing youth in Africa through a Senegalese case study.

Babacar's visits are sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Center for International Education, Department of History and Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, English Department, Faculty Film Series, Faculty Lecture Committee, French Club, French House, Foreign Languages Department, International Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Women Studies Program.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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