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Oct. 3, 2005

Ida Beam Scholar To Speak On African-Centered Historiography Oct. 11

Joseph Miller, the incoming president of the African Studies Association, will visit the University of Iowa to speak about how to use African perspectives and theories as the basis for a new African historiography. His free, public presentation, "Toward A New African Historiography," on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the International Center Lounge, is part of his visit to the UI as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. A homemade African lunch will be provided.

Miller, the T. Cary Johnson Jr. Professor of History at the University of Virginia, teaches African history and the history of slavery throughout the world. He also helped to establish the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and Afro-American Studies at the university, where he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. His current research centers on a world history of slaving.

One of Miller's books, "Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730-1830," won the Melville J. Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for the best work in any field of African Studies in 1989. It also received a special citation from the Conference on Latin American History Bolton Prize committee.

Miller is currently vice president of the African Studies Association but will serve as the Association's president in 2006. Miller has also served on the association's board and as its treasurer. He is also a past president of the American Historical Association.

This event is sponsored by the UI African Students Association and the UI African Studies Program, which is a part of UI International Programs. To arrange for special accommodations and for more information on this event or the UI African Students Association or the African Studies Association, contact Josiah Alamu at 319-353-7177 or; or Mary-Justine Todd at 319-930-7141 or

The UI African Association was started in 1972 to create an environment enhancing the educational development of Africans in the UI and its surrounding communities. Its aim is to stimulate interest in African affairs among Africans, and non-Africans at the university and its surrounding communities; and to create a more secure environment of solidarity for Africans in Iowa City and promote and uphold the legitimate interests of Africans at the University.

The African Studies Program, a constituent program of UI International Programs, was established in 1979 to promote the interdisciplinary study of Africa at The University of Iowa. It helps students gain a broader understanding of traditional and contemporary life in Africa and provides an environment of cooperation and collaboration among students and faculty that leads to increased opportunities for research and teaching.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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: Josiah Alamu, 319-353-7177,; Writer: Po Li Loo