New York University hosts “The Other Americans: Rethinking the Black Diaspora in the New World” on Friday, November 19, 2004, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall (100 Washington Square East, (between Waverly and Washington Place). Speakers will include Velma Pollard, University of the West Indies; Laurent Dubois, Michigan State University; William Luis, Vanderbilt University; George B. Handley, Brigham Young University; Antoinette Tidjani, Amherst College, and Gerard Aching (moderator), New York University.

This round table will attempt to look beyond traditional Pan-Africanist and African Diaspora models in rethinking the question of black identity in the Americas. This hemispheric approach to the question of black identity will take a transnational perspective on what it means to be black in a hemispheric context. Participants will present their ideas or creative work in an attempt to capture the multiple meanings of black identity in the context of cultural and political movements in the Caribbean, the U.S., and South America.

This event is free and open to the public. Valid picture identification is required to enter New York University buildings. For more information, please call 212-998-2130.

The event is co-sponsored by NYU’s Africana Studies Program, Institute of African-American Affairs, Department of History, and Black Renaissance Noire.

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at (212) 998-6808 or

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