Annual Watkins Lecture Series to Begin Sept. 25
Dr. O. Hugo Benavides will be the first speaker in the sixth annual Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series at SUNY Oneonta. Benavides, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University, will present “Dancing with Death: The Politics of Race and Life in the Andes” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Alden Room of the college’s Milne Library. Admission is free, and members of the community are invited attend.
Benavides is director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute (LALSI) and associate professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University, where he has also directed the M.A. program in Humanities and Sciences. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, but grew up in New York City, and it is this double cultural life that has nourished his anthropological research on the politics of representation, identity and domination.
The annual lecture series honors the late Professor Emeritus Ralph Watkins of the SUNY Oneonta History and Africana and Latino Studies departments. A specialist in African-American and American history, Watkins taught at the college for more than 30 years and served as chair of the Africana and Latino Studies Department for more than a decade. This event is presented by the Department of Africana & Latino Studies with support from the college’s History Department, Center for Multicultural Experiences, Deans’ Offices and Sodexo. More information is available from the Department of Africana and Latino Studies at (607) 436-2619.