Join UNCG’s African American and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program for its monthly “Conversation with the Community.”

This month’s talk examines how elements of African naming patterns have been maintained or alternatively abandoned in the diaspora.

The speaker is Dr. Hewan Girma, a professor in the AADS program.

Free and open to the public. 

More about the event: As creative linguistic expressions, personal names are useful sociocultural indicators that can encapsulate historical and social processes.

Despite the concerted effort to erase African culture in the diaspora, the survival of African names and naming patterns can indicate processes of racialization, creolization, acculturation, cultural resistance, and self-determination.

More about the speaker: Dr. Hewan Girma is an assistant professor and undergraduate director of the AADS program at UNCG. She is also co-director of the Ethiopian, East African and Indian Ocean Studies Research Network. She received her PhD in sociology and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University in New York.