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Lipitz Lecture with Gloria Chuku


December 1, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, 7th Floor

A Nigerian woman with short curly hair is smiling at the camera. She is standing in front of a bookcase.

The Humanities Forum and the Social Sciences Forum present the annual Lipitz Lecture, featuring Gloria Chuku, who will speak on Becoming Igbo in Nigeria and the Diaspora: A History of Ethnic Identity Formation and Negotiation.

The Igbo-speaking people of southeastern Nigeria constitute one of the largest ethno-linguistic groups in the country with an estimated population of more than 37 million people. The word “Igbo” refers to both the people and their language. The purpose of Professor Chuku’s research is to trace the history of Igbo ethnic identity formation, negotiation, and integration in Nigeria and in the Diaspora, and to explore the challenges, complexities, and dynamics of maintaining a collective Igbo identity in a pluralistic Nigerian society under increased globalization.

Gloria Chuku is professor and chair of Africana Studies with a specialty in African History. Her research interests focus on Igbo history and culture, gender studies, women in colonial and postcolonial political economies of Nigeria and Africa, ethnonationalisms and conflicts in Nigeria, and African nationalism and intellectual history. She is the author of Igbo Women and Economic Transformation in Southeastern Nigeria, 1900–1960 (Routledge, 2005), editor of The Igbo Intellectual Tradition: Creative Conflict in African and African Diasporic Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Ethnicities, Nationalities, and Cross-Cultural Representations in Africa and the Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press, 2015), and coeditor of Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War: Reframing Gender and Conflict in Africa (Lexington Books, 2020).

Admission is free.

This event may be enjoyed in person or via simultaneous streaming at dreshercenter.umbc.edu.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, and visitors. If you would like to request a disability-based accommodation on site or have questions about this event or its location, please contact us at dreshercenter@umbc.edu.

The Lipitz Lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Center for Social Science Scholarship, the Dresher Center for the Humanities; and the Department of Africana Studies.


December 1
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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