Professor Dei launch ‘The Black Scholar Travelogue in Academia’

Professor George Jerry Sefa Dei, the esteemed Director of the Centre of Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS), has unveiled his latest work, ‘The Black Scholar Travelogue in Academia’.

This book, a culmination of Professor Dei’s extensive research on race, anti-Blackness, indigeneity, and anti-colonial studies, serves as a testament to his journey towards critical consciousness since the 1980s.

The book is not just an academic exploration, but also a personal memoir, celebrating the late Keren Brathwaite, who played a pivotal role in shaping Professor Dei’s voice as an advocate for black education.

At the book launch, Professor Dei emphasized the importance of critical solidarity, indigenous resistance, and community building in the pursuit of social justice, equity, and decolonization.

He further underscored the responsibility of those familiar with history to mentor and be mentored by younger colleagues, nurturing the power of knowledge.

The book launch was a highlight of the 12th annual Decolonizing Conference Events, held from November 9 – 11, 2023, under the theme: Speaking Out and Speaking Up in Fugitive Spaces.

The event also included heartfelt tributes to Keren Brathwaite, delivered by her daughter Wendy Brathwaite and other dignitaries.

About the Author

Ghanaian-born George Jerry Sefa Dei, also known as Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah, is Professor of Social Justice Education and Director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

Professor Dei is the 2015, 2016, 2018-19 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow.

In August 2012, Professor Dei also received the honorary title of “Professor Extraordinaire” from the Department of Inclusive Education, University of South Africa [UNISA].

In 2017, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is a ‘2023 University of Toronto President’s Impact Award winner.

Source: Ebenezer Amankwah

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