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Le Moyne Hosts Talk on Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne will host a talk by Donald R. Wright on globalization in Niumi, The Gambia, on Tuesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in the Bernat Special Events Room, located in the Noreen Reale Falcone Library.

In his talk, Wright will focus on Niumi, a small settlement at the mouth of the Gambia River in West Africa. Combining his own personal experience with onsite historical research, Wright will provide insight into the effects of globalization on a small African country, showing how rapidly changes are taking place even on a distant edge of the world economy.

Wright is distinguished professor of history, emeritus, at SUNY-Cortland and the author of “The World and a Very Small Place in Africa: A History of Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia. A student of Gambian history for over 40 years, he holds a master’s degree and doctorate in history from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University. Wright has received Fulbright-Hays, NEH and SUNY fellowships for research in Africa; was a scholar-in-residence a the Rockefeller Foundation's Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, in 2003; has lectured at universities in South Africa and China; and in 2005-2006 held the Mark W. Clark Distinguished Visiting Chair of History at The Citadel. Dr. Wright has published two books on early African American history and a two-volume collection of oral traditions from The Gambia; he is co-author of The Atlantic World: A History (2007).

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies, History Academy, and the departments of political science and history. For more information, contact Leigh Fought at foughtlk@lemoyne.edu.

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posted on: 4/12/2013