Dr. James Turner is the founding director of the Africana Studies and Research Center established in 1969 at Cornell University.  Having himself been part of and impacted by burgeoning political and cultural movements from around the world he would become and has been among the most stalwart participants in what is often described as the intellectual arm of a continuing African world liberation struggle.  Among his many contributions academically and otherwise he has helped established and define the field now known as “Africana Studies.”  This field, as summarized by Dr. John Henrik Clarke, is meant to incorporate the experiences and histories of African people, collectively, studied as a whole, in an interdisciplinary fashion and disregarding the false literal and cognitive boundaries inspired by European imperialism.*

* This event took place at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University February 17, 2011 and was arranged and hosted by Dr. Carole Boyce Davies.  And see the new book on Dr. Turner  by Dr. Scot Brown.

Hear more on Dr. Turner from Dr. LaTasha Levy