New institute topic of Nov. 7 talk

November 5, 2013 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Staff

Learn all about UT’s new Institute for the Study and Economic Engagement of Southern Africa Thursday, Nov. 7.



Dr. Rubin Patterson, director of the new institute, will speak at 12:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 3016.

“The institute is far better known in Southern Africa than it is known right here on UT’s campus, but a series of activities, starting with this brown-bag discussion, is designed to change that,” said Patterson, professor and chair of sociology and anthropology, and director of the Africana Studies Program.

“Africa is the next frontier of economic growth, and the southern region not only has some special attributes, but it is where we have some particular expertise and decades of experiential depth,” he said. “Africa is a big place and we don’t want to be a mile wide and skin deep.

“We want to provide students and the broader campus community with in-depth knowledge and social networks concerning Southern Africa. National and international institutions of all sorts will need a lot more experts on the region, and we would like for some to be trained right here via the Institute for the Study and Economic Engagement of Southern Africa.”

Patterson’s talk is part of the Sojourner’s Truth and Africana Studies Brown-Bag Seminar Series.

For more information on the free, public talk, contact Patterson at or 419.530.7253.

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