Although they are separated by thousands of miles, The Bronx and the African continent have deep ties to each other. Just how tight that bond is will be explored in new lecture series, courtesy of Fordham’s Bronx African American History Project.

Thanks to a recently awarded $11,700 grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, six lectures, which will be open to the public, will be staged during the 2009/2010 academic year.

Jane Kani Edward, Ph.D., Director of African Immigration Research for the Bronx African American History Project and a post-doctoral fellow, tells us that topics to be covered include: African women and Art, African-owned businesses, religion and African immigrant community, African immigrant families and issues of cultural continuity and change, African musicians and music, and Migration and Remittance.

The lectures will be held at the Rose Hill campus, and other venues around the borough, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts and P.S. 140, on Eagle Avenue and 163rd street. Coming as it is after the success of last years’ lecture series, “The Bronx is Building: The Bronx as Site of Political Mobilization and Cultural Creativity,” we’re looking forward to what this series has to offer.

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Patrick Verel is a news producer for Fordham Now. He can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 636-7790.