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Nov. 15, 2004

Professor To Share Insights On Changing African Traditions Nov. 19-20

Osei-Mensah Aborampah, associate professor and former chair in the Department of Africology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will give two lectures in honor of the late Professor D. Michael Warren. Aborampah will speak on Friday, Nov. 19 at the University of Iowa and on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Aborampah's first lecture presentation, titled "The Changing Social Institutions and Traditions of Techiman-Bono Society: Personal Reflections," will be Friday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Minnesota Room (Room 347) of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. In this lecture, Aborampah will share his personal reflections and experiences of the institutions and traditions that profoundly shaped his life growing up in the Bono society of Ghana.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, Aborampah will give his second public lecture, titled "Fragments of Bone: The Extended Family from Africa to the Americas," at the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa (AAHMCCI) in Cedar Rapids from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. In this lecture, he will undertake a comparative analysis of the structures and functions of African and African-American extended families.

Aborampah earned his bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Ghana-Legon, his master's degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A professional teacher, Aborampoh taught in both elementary schools and teacher training colleges in Ghana prior to pursuing graduate education in North America. His academic interests range from traditional to modern cultures of Africa, Black America, and the Caribbean, with special focus on West African, African-American and African-Caribbean family patterns, as well as the general problems of women and development in African societies.

He has published numerous articles on these topics in such refereed journals as Journal of Biosocial Science, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Caribbean Studies Gazette, Human Organization and Ethnology, and he has contributed several chapters to edited volumes on African religions, kinship and marriage, and social organizational factors affecting African reproduction. As part of his service activities, Aborampah collects and ships books to various schools and colleges in Ghana and other countries of Africa.

These lectures are jointly sponsored by the UI African Studies Program and the  African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa. For more information or special accommodations to attend these lectures, contact Edward Miner, International Studies Bibliographer, University of Iowa Libraries, at 319-335-5883 or; or Susan Kuecker, curator, AAHMCCI, at 319-862-2101 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Edward Miner, University of Iowa Libraries, 319-335-5883, Writer: Walter Jahava