BOOKS RECEIVED: Sally-Ann Ashton, “Petrie’s Ptolemaic and Roman Memphis” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
Memphis was one of the great melting pots of Mediterranean and African culture during the reigns of the heirs of Alexander and under the Roman Empire, a vibrant and complex community well after the end of the age of its… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Du Bois, et al, “Encyclopedia of the Negro: Preparatory Volume with Reference Lists and Reports,” New ed. (Left Coast Press, 2008)
The publication of the Encyclopedia Africana in 1999 was only the most recent attempt to summarize our knowledge of African and African diaspora peoples. Famed social scientist W. E. B. Du Bois was involved in similar projects over half a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Van Niekerk and Kopelman, eds., “Ethics and AIDS in Africa: The Challenge to Our Thinking” (Left Coast Press, 2006)
Africa poses daunting medical, social, and economic challenges, placing local, regional, national, and international communities at a moral crossroads. This book, the first to systematically examine the ethical implications of the AIDS pandemic for Africa, examines such pressing questions as:… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katherine Elizabeth Mack, “From Apartheid to Democracy: Deliberating Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa” (Penn State UP, 2014)
South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings can be considered one of the most significant rhetorical events of the late twentieth century. The TRC called language into action, tasking it with promoting understanding among a divided people and facilitating… Read More
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