The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), in partnership with the Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Binghamton University, organized a series of special events in honor of Professor Ali Mazrui at the 45th annual meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA), held at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington DC on Nov. 18-19. The special events started on Friday, Nov. 18, with an exhibition of selected items from the Mazrui collection and memorabilia and the presentation of Ismail al Faruqi Distinguished Scholar Award to Mazrui. On Saturday, Nov. 19, two roundtables in honor of Professor Mazrui were organized by IIIT and IGCS. The first focused on the theme “The Scholar between Thought and Action.” Five scholars participated in the panel, including Charles Butterworth, the University of Maryland; Ricardo Laremont, Binghamton University; Sulayman Nyang, Howard University; and N’Dri T. Assie Lumumba, Cornel University. The second roundtable – held on Saturday afternoon – focused on “The Pro-Democracy Movements and the Legacy of Pax Africana.” Participants in the panel included Micere Githae Mugo from Syracuse University, Locksley Edmondson from Cornell University, James Mittleman from the American University and Timothy Shaw from the University of West Indies. Mazrui made concluding remarks on both sessions.
December 19, 2011