Scholarly Presentations and Other Academic Activities

2017 Researcher of the Year. College of Arts and Sciences, Seton Hall University

[Invited] Attended the launch of the book entitled: Thabo Mbeki: Africa’s Philosopher-King, by Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa. Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, International Peace Institute (IPI). 77 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor (Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street), New York City, New York. Thursday, May 19, 2016, 1:00-2:45pm.

“An Analysis of Carnegie Corporation’s Great Immigrant Honorees, 2006-2015: Gender, Race, Ancestry, Educational Attainment, Previous Citizenship, Month and Year of Birth, and Net Worth,” 41st New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Annual Conference, Columbia University, New York City, New York. April 2, 2016.

[Invited] Speaker (Three different sessions), “Living Lessons: Voices, Visions, and Values.” May 15, 2013 (9 am to 3pm) at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, Montville Township Public Schools, Montville, New Jersey.

[Invited] by The Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought, to present a paper entitled: “The Challenges to the Study of Islam in African Universities” on a Roundtable entitled: “The Study of Islam in African Universities: Is it a Priority?” African Studies Association.55th Annual Meeting. “Research Frontiers in the Study of Africa”. November 29-December 1, 2012. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, PA.

Nominated Honoree. 2012 Liberian Awards. Event held on July 13, 2012, at the Chase Center. 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, Delaware. http://www.liberianawards.com/home.html.

Researcher of the Year, 2011. College of Arts and Sciences (Physical and Social Sciences Branch of College), Seton Hall University.

“Black American Academic Stars: Gender and Scholarly Journal Publications,” 36th Annual Conference of the New York State African Studies Association. State University of New York at Oneonta, March 25-26, 2011 (Did not attend due to an emergency).

With Dr. Fredline Mcormack-Hale. “The Obama Administration and U.S.-Africa Relations” (33 pages). Paper presented at a conference entitled: “Re-Engaging the World: The Obama Administration and the Institutions of Global Governance,” Saint John’s University. February 11, 2011. St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus. 101 Murray Street, between West and Greenwich Streets.

[Invited] by The Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY, Binghamton, to present a paper entitled: “Michelle Obama and the New Female Diaspora,” on the Roundtable entitled: “AFRASIA: THE ASIAN DIASPORA IN GLOBAL AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA IN ASIA,” African Studies Association 53rd Annual Meeting. “AFRICAN DIASPORA AND DIASPORAS IN AFRICA.” November 18-21, 2010. The Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California.

Attended the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Toward a Sociology of Citizenship. Hilton Atlanta and Marriot Marquis. August 14-17.

Attended the Association of Black Sociologists 40th Annual Conference. Re-Positioning Race Through Prophetic Research, Teaching, and Service. August 11-14, 2010. Westin Peachtree PlazaAtlanta, Georgia.

Attended a Panel Discussion on Young Black American Women entitled: “Young, Fabulous & Female,” Organized by The Root Magazine (theroot.com). The Alvin Ailey Theater, New York City, New York. Wednesday, June 30, 2010. 7pm to 9:30pm.

[Invited] Panel Discussant for The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International RelationsSeton Hall University Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations to launch the Winter/Spring Issue: “Through Sovereign Borders: Population Migrations,” on Thursday, April 29 from 3 – 4 p.m.

[Invited] Harvard University JFK School of Government 6th Annul Black Policy Conference.  “Reversing Africa’s Brain Drain: Regaining Human Capital for Development,” Cambridge, MA. April 16-17, 2010.

 Africa, China, India and the 2009 Times Higher Education-QS Top 200 Universities in the World,” 35th Annual Conference of New York African Studies Association at SUNY-Binghamton, March 26-27, 2010.

Chair of Panel-9-“Ecological Catastrophe, Environmental Justice and Social Movement,” 35th Annual Conference of New York African Studies Association at SUNY-Binghamton, March 26-27, 2010.

“Race, Inheritance and the Four Major Factors for the Unity Between African Americans and European Americans: Land/Territory, Blood /Genes, Religion (Christianity) and Language (English),” (National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, LA. February 12, 2010).

[Invited] by The Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY, Binghamton and The Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America to present paper entitled: “Explaining President Barack Obama’s First Visit to Africa (Egypt): Three Phenomena of Africa and Africans as the Core of U.S.-Arab/Muslim Relations,” Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. October 16, 2009.

[Invited] “Bridging the Gap Between African Immigrants and African Americans in the United States,” Presenter on the ‘Education Panel.’ Paper Title: “Educational Attainment and the Black World: Coming Together to Know One Another,” Hosted by the African Commission, Office of the Mayor, City of Newark, NJ. The African Commission and the African Institute at Essex County College, Newark NJ. September 26, 2009

[Invited] by The Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY, Binghamton, to present a paper titled: Pan Africanism at the Crossroads,” on the Roundtable entitled: “From Osagyefo to Obama: Kwame Nkrumah’s Centennial,” African Studies Association 52nd Annual Meeting. “Africa at a Crossroads,” November 19-22, 2009. The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel New Orleans, LA.

[Invited] Speaker, “Living Lessons: Voices, Visions, and Values.” May 28, 2009 at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, Montville Township Public Schools, Montville, New Jersey.

[Invited] by The Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY, Binghamton, to present a paper titled: “Nkrumah’s Legacy and the Future of Pan Africanism,” on the Roundtable titled: “Kwame Nkrumah and the Birth of Modern African Diplomacy: A Centenary,” 33rd Annual New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Conference. Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York. April 3rd and 4th, 2009 (did not attend due to an emergency)

Conducted an Academic Research and Writing Workshop for Undergraduate and Graduate students titled: “Rules, Strategies, and Techniques for Writing Research Papers,” Corrigan Hall Room 62, Seton Hall University. Friday, March 20, 2009. 4pm to 6pm.

Attended the “Black Women in the Ivory Tower: Research and Praxis” Conference. Trayes Hall, Douglas Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. March 6, 2009. Organized by the Department of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08840.

[Invited] Featured Speaker on the theme: “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.” Presented paper entitled: “Africa and the Americas: Conceptualizing Three Forms of Citizenship,” Black History Month Program. United States Department of Justice. United States Attorney, District of New Jersey. Peter Rodino Federal Building. Newark, New Jersey. February 26, 2009.

[Invited] by The Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY, Binghamton, to present a paper titled: “Kwame Nkrumah, Pan Africanism, the African Union and Africa’s Development in the Barack Obama Era,” on the Roundtable titled: “Kwame Nkrumah and the Birth of Modern African Diplomacy: A Centenary,” International Studies Association 50th Annual Convention. Exploring the Past, Anticipating the Future. New York City, NY, USA, February 15-18, 2009.

[Invited] by her Majesty’s Consul General, New York, Sir Alan Collins KCVO CMG and Lady Collins in conjunction with Water Aid, to participate at a reception to recognize the Financial Times for their significant campaign in support of Water Aid. Water Aid is an international charity established in the United Kingdom in 1981 “dedicated exclusively to ensuring access by the world’s poorest people to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion.” Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 6pm to 7:30pm. 351 East 51st Street, # PH1 (between 1st & 2nd Avenues) New York City, NY 10022 (Did not attend due to teaching obligations on that day).

Attended the panel titled: “Colonialism Returns to Metropolitan France: Francophone Debates over Colonialism in Africa and the Challenge of Postcolonialism,” at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. New York City, New York. January 2, 2009.

[Invited] “Reversing the Black American Brain Drain,” Reversing ‘Brain Drain:’ Emerging Leaders’ Charge for Creating Healthy Communities during our 2008 Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Washington, D.C. September 24-27, 2008.

[Invited] “Knowing Africa Through Statistics,” “Knowledge of Africa: The Next Fifty Years” African Studies Association 51st Annual Meeting. November 13-16, 2008 Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Chicago, IL.

[Invited, with Professor Greer Burroughs, Seton Hall University] “Challenges in the Developing World and the Role the U.S. Should Play,” with a focus on “The Low Rate of Educational Attainment in Niger, Especially for Females,” Global Educators Conference. Hosted by the Center for Global Education,the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations and the College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University, New Jersey. October 18, 2008.

[Invited] “Bridging the Gap Between African Immigrants and African Americans in the United States,” Moderator of the “Business/Economic Development Panel.” Hosted by the African Commission, Office of the Mayor, City of Newark, NJ. The African Commission and the African Institute at Essex County College, Newark NJ. September 27, 2008

[Invited Lecture] “Africa’s Elite and HIV/ Aids Brain Drain” Lecture series, entitled, Africa: Health & Security, dedicated to the health and security of the African continent. Hosted by the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Seton Hall University, New Jersey. October 28, 2008.

“Race, Inheritance and the Three Major Forces for the Unity of Africans and Europeans in the United States: Land/Territory, Blood/Genes, and Religion (Christianity),” Association of Black Sociologists, 38th Annual Conference Colonnade Hotel Boston, Massachusetts July 29 – August 1, 2008 (Did not attend due to Emergency).

“Africa, United States and Barack Obama’s Dual Triple Heritage,” Abstract read at the New York African Studies Association. March 28-29, 2008. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

“Race, Gender and Progress: Are Black American Women the New Model Minority?,” New York African Studies Association. March 28-29, 2008. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

“Progress and Disease Epidemics: The Negative Implications of the Relatively High HIV/AIDS Cases among Blacks in the United States,” 2008 Healthcare in the Black Americas Conference. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York City. February 23, 2008, Hosted by Afropresencia.com.

“Are Black American Women the New Model Minority?” National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS and Affiliates). 15thAnnual Conference. Marriot Hotel, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 12-17, 2008. [Did not attend due to emergency].

[Invited] “Should the United States Lead the Movement to Award the African Union a Permanent Seat with Veto Powers on the United Nations Security Council?” Paper presented at the African Studies Association 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting. 21st Century Africa: Evolving Conceptions of Human Rights. October 18-21, 2007. Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. New York, NY.

[Invited] “The Impact of Africa’s Dual Brain Drain on K-12 Education,” Global Educators Conference, hosted by the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations and the College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University, New Jersey. September 15, 2007.

[Invited] Speaker, “Post World War II Africa.” Saint Rose of Lima Middle School. Short Hills, New Jersey. June 14, 2007.

[Invited] Speaker, “Living Lessons: Voices, Visions, and Values.” May 17, 2007 at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, Montville Township Public Schools, Montville, New Jersey.

“The Black World and the Dual Brain Drain: A Focus on African Americans,” New York State African Studies Association (NYASA) Spring Conference to be held at SUNY College at Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York April 13 & 14, 2007 (Did not attend this conference due to emergency).

“Rules, Strategies, and Techniques for Writing Research Papers,” Teaching Academic Survival Skills (TASS). Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. Sponsored by Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA. Hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University. Sunday, March 4-Wednesday, March 7, 2007.

Invited by the British Consul in New York City to attend a reception “to mark the bi-centenary of the end of the slave trade in the UK and to commemorate the close and celebrated association of leading African-American singer, actor and human rights activist Paul Robeson with the people of South Wales.” British Consulate-General, New York City. Monday 12th February 2007.

[Invited Lecture]. “The Two Nigerias: The Two Historical Phases of the Nigerian Brain Drain,” Paper presented at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.  Wednesday, October 4, 2006 to celebrate Nigeria’s independence. Sponsored by Black student organizations, Princeton University.

[Invited Lecture]. “Africa’s Terminal (HIV/AIDS) Brain Drain,” Paper presented at Seton Hall University (over 100 people attended this lecture). Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life in collaboration with the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University and other campus organizations. A week long program on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Tuesday October 10, 2006.

“Sex Ratio at Birth, Gender and Racial Differences,” Paper presented at Seton Hall University. Sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies. September 25, 2006.

[Invited]. “Africa’s Brain Drain,” Paper presented at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, NY City, New York, on the theme “Developing World: Developing countries are losing their best and brightest. What are results of brain drain? And, how are countries responding to this brain drain?” Sponsored by the Immigration Working Group of Columbia University—School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Symposium about Migration and Development. Wednesday, November 1, 2006. NY City.

“Why Do Black Women Give Birth to More Females Than Non-Black Women?” African Heritage Studies Association: 39th Annual Conference. University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida. October 19-20, 2006.

[Invited]. “Can a Revised Peace Corps Be a Form of Reparations?” 49th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. “(Re)Thinking Africa and the World: Internal Reflections, External Responses” Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA, November 16-19, 2006.

Organized a student symposium entitled: “Democracy and Development in Africa.” Sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies, Seton Hall University, New Jersey. December 4, 2006.

Attended the 18th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference. Saturday, October 14, 2006, Philadelphia, PA. Sponsored by The Department of African American Studies, Temple University.

[Invited] “Africa’s Brain Drain,” African Economic Forum, Friday, March 31, 2006. School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York. Sponsored by the African Studies Working Group (ASWG) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and SIPA Pan African Network (SPAN), Columbia University.

[Invited] “Africa’s Migration Brain Drain: The Factors Contributing to the Mass Emigration of Africa’s Elite to the West,” The New African Diaspora: Assessing the Pains and Gains of Exile. Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies, Binghamton University, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York. April 7-9, 2006.

“The Brain Drain in West Africa,” DuBois-Nkrumah-Dunham Conference held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel from March 31, to April 1, 2006. Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies University of Pittsburgh, PA.

“Rules, Strategies, and Techniques for Publishing Papers,” Petersheim Academic Exposition, Seton Hall University, NJ. April 2 to April 4, 2006.

“Race, Geography and Territorial Inheritance: People of Black African Descent,” African Heritage Studies Association: 38th Annual Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. October 20-22, 2005.

“Africa, the United States and the Dual Brain Drain.” Paper presented at the New York African Studies Association, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. April 29-30, 2005.

Co-Presenter with Ali A. Mazrui: “The Dual Brain Drain in Nigeria and South Africa: HIV-AIDS and the Skill Exodus,” (18 pages). Paper presented by Professor Mazrui at the annual African Studies Association Conference. Washington, D.C., November 17-21, 2005.

Co-Presenter with Ali A. Mazrui: “Between the Brain Drain and the Brain Bonus: the African Diaspora as a Nation Afloat,” (36 pages). Keynote address presented by Professor Mazrui at the “Brain Gain” conference, Nairobi, Kenya. Sponsored by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. December 18-21, 2004.

Co-Presenter with Ali A. Mazrui: “Can Reverse Migration Compensate for HIV Losses?: A Kenyan Case-Study,” (11 pages). Paper presented by Professor Mazrui at the Second Annual Africa’s Brain Gain Conference on the theme, “Leveraging Diaspora Participation in Africa’s Socio-Economic Development,” held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, December 7 to 9, 2005, sponsored by Brain Gain, Inc., Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Co-Presenter with Ali A. Mazrui: “Renewable Energy and Departing Skills: The Brain Drain and Africa’s Fuel Crisis,” (13 pages). Paper presented by Professor Mazrui as Keynote Address at the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the African Academy of Sciences, Scientific Conference on “The Energy Situation in Africa: What Can African Scientists and Engineers Contribute Towards Resolving the Energy Problems of Africa?” held at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. December 12-15, 2005.

“Kenya-U.S. Relations: The Urgent Need to Manage Kenya’s Migrant and HIV-AIDS Brain Drain,” (12 pages). Paper Tabled and many copies distributed on behalf of author by Professor Ali A. Mazrui at the Second Annual Africa’s Brain Gain Conference on the theme, “Leveraging Diaspora Participation in Africa’s Socio-Economic Development,” held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, December 7 to 9, 2005, sponsored by Brain Gain, Inc., Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

“Between Africanity and the West,” Lecture at a symposium in honor of the scholarship and life’s work of Dr. Ali A. Mazrui. Friday-Saturday, February 14-15, 2003. Binghamton University, New York. A former President of Nigeria, Yakubu Gowon (in power from 1966 to 1975) was in attendance during this presentation.

Attended a joint invitation by Columbia University’s Center for African Studies and the British Consul in New York to attend a reception at the British Consul in New York City on April 20, 2006 to discuss the African Diaspora and the United Kingdom’s recent development policies toward Africa.

“Globalization: Religious influence through private higher education in Kenya,” Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2002.

Attended the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) on Friday, November 18, 2005 in Philadelphia, PA.

“Higher Education Systems of South Africa and the United States,” Presentation on the Comparison of the Higher Education Systems of South Africa and the United States. Seton Hall University, Fall 2000.

Academic Presentations on YouTube

Featured Speaker on the theme: “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.”

Presented paper entitled: “Africa and the Americas: Conceptualizing Three Forms of Citizenship,” Black History Month Program. United States Department of Justice. United States Attorney, District of New Jersey. Peter Rodino Federal Building. Newark, New Jersey. February 26, 2009.

Here is a copy of the Department of Justice Black History Celebration of the phenomenal Dr. Kaba (guest speaker) and talented Maurice Chestnut (guest tap dancer). Enjoy.

Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, September 26, 2008.
ALC ’08: Emerging Leaders—Health Panel (Part 1)

I will appear at 18:08 and 52:10

ALC ’08: Emerging Leaders—Health Panel (Part 2)

I appear at 36:24 and 47:55