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Lecturer

Aaron Wilson – awilso10@csulb.edu

Academic specialties/ Area of interest:

  • Afrocentric Theory
  • Africana Creative Production and History
  • Africana Aesthetics and the Afrocentric Creative ideal
  • Africana Intellectual History
  • Nile Valley Culture and Civilization
  • Kemetic Art and Language
  • Music, Literature and Performance
  • Classical and Modern Africana Philosophy
  • Pan African Social Thought
  • Africana Spirituality and Mythology
  • Multimedia and Creative Technology use in Africana Communities
  • Hip-Hop and Popular Culture

Education Information (degrees and Universities attended):

  • Undergraduate
    • B.A. in Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design , Providence , RI
  • Graduate
    • M.A. in Art (Teaching), Rhode Island School of Design , Providence, RI M.A. in Art (African American Studies), Rhode Island School of Design ,Providence , RI Ph.D. in African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Courses

  • B/ST 110: Introduction to Black Studies
  • B/ST 400: Afro-American Social Thought
  • B/ST 404: Contemporary Issues in the Third World Nation
  • B/ST 495: Research Methods in Black Studies

Personal Statement

To study and learn about Africa and her descendants is to truly understand the human struggle and will to victory against self and society for consciousness, liberation, and cultural self-determination. To be sure, we can not understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of the American society we live and engage in unless understands the role, on going contributions and challenges of African descendants. Thus, a student enters Black Studies, Africana Studies or Africology to learn about the African world and its on going exchange and contribution to other cultural worlds. Equally, they come to learn about Africans from the victorious standpoint of agency and initiative (i.e. Afrocentricity) rather than from the standpoint of oppression and victimization. This, because they harbor the assumption that Africana culture is worthy of study. Likewise, they understand that what is needed to empower themselves or other Africans are the conceptual tools and theories rooted in African culture that will increase the life chances and improve life experiences of African people. The result is a profound self-knowledge of our own capacity to become self-conscious change agents.

Professional and community affiliations

  • Ancient Nubian Kemetic Heritage Association
  • National Council for Black Studies
  • National Afrocentric Institute
  • African Heritage Studies Association