vendredi 20 septembre 2013

United States: Harvard University, the prestigious American University's Centre for the Study of African and African American Research*.

Finally omission of alma mater, repaired soon!

         The prestigious American Harvard University has received a whopping $ 15 million to create a research center devoted to African and African American Studies .
         Fifteen million dollars is not nothing. This is the amount that the U.S. private equity magnate, Glenn Hutchins, just give Harvard University to create within this institution a research center devoted to African and African American studies should bear his name.
         Indeed, the head of the firm Silver Lake has given a total of 30 million to Harvard, but it is half the amount that should be used to create the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, bringing together several existing entities and new .
         Already exist: W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, the Hip Hop Archive and Research Insitute, the Image of the Black Archive and Library, the Du Bois Review, Transition Magazine, Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, Hutchins Family Library.
         Will be created: the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, History Design Studio, the Program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art.

An old friendship before  the "Beer summit".

         This gift, which will confirm Harvard as one of the most advanced universities in "Black studies" is not the result of chance. This is the result of a long friendship between a White businessman of 57 years and a Black professor of 63 years, Henry Louis Gates Jr., nicknamed "Skip". Author, critic, essayist, documentary, specialist in African cultures, he had hit the headlines in 2009 by being briefly detained by police while trying to force the door of his own home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having too harshly criticized the behavior of Sergeant James Crowley, President Barack Obama had to backtrack and the case had resulted in what is now known as the "Beer summit
" in which Obama, Biden, Gates and Crowley had raised their glasses as an appeasement ...

The directors of the dream of the fathers of Pan-Africanism William Edward Burghardt Du Bois and Kwame Nkrumah**.

         If Hutchins is a graduate of Harvard and Yale Gates, the two men are regularly: they all go fishing or lunch at the Four Seasons in Manhattan. There is little, they both accompanied the mother Hutchins celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Gates took the son of Hutchins in a meeting with President Obama ...
"We love ideas and we love to build"
said Gates while Hutchins emphasizes that while the establishment of the center in Harvard "creates an infrastructure within the department and the solid foundations on which it will be possible to develop". In practical terms, the Hutchins Center will be hosted on Harvard Square, in a building designed by the architect David Adjaye of Ghanaian origin.
         Its creation will be officially announced on October 2, 2013 at the ceremony during which Harvard gives its traditional rewards –W.E.B. Du Bois medals Wood- in the field of African and African American Studies. Will be honored this year Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, the playwright Tony Kushner, Congressman John Lewis, Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, director Steven Spielberg and David Stern, the N.B.A. Commissioner.
          "As long as there Harvard research on people of African descent exist. We created something permanent", is looking forward Gates. In the United States, African-American studies are also represented by Cornel West, who teaches at the Union Theological Seminary and Kwame Anthony Appiah, who teaches at Princeton .
*By Nicolas Michel, published by Jeune Afrique
on September 20, 2013.
** Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah including jointly published in 1999, a project designed by Kwame Nkrumah and W.E.B. Du Bois: "Africana. The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience".

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