Join the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Endowed Chair of Africana and Latin American Studies Kwasi Konadu as he discusses the influential history of one of Ghana’s traditional healers, the problem with official statistics related to the slave trade, and the legacy of The East, a community center in Brooklyn — all on the newest episode of 13.
Konadu’s life work is devoted to knowledge production and the worldwide communities and struggles of peoples of African ancestry. He is the author of Our Own Way in This Part of the World: Biography of an African Community, Culture, and Nation; The Ghana Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Transatlantic Africa, 1440–1888; and The Akan Diaspora in the Americas, among other books. Based on extensive archival and field research in West Africa, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, and North America, his writings focus on African and African diasporic histories, as well as major themes in world history. Konadu is also a healer (Tanɔ ɔbosomfoɔ), who studied with his grandfather in Jamaica and then in Takyiman, central Ghana.
Each episode of 13, our bi-weekly podcast, digs into the work of one Colgate community member by asking 13 questions. Episodes highlight the wide-array of academic disciplines at Colgate, with interviews featuring faculty from political science, sociology and anthropology, physics and astronomy, women’s studies, English, Africana and Latin American studies, and many more.
Previous episodes of 13 have featured: Paul McLoughlin II, Anthony Aveni, Robert Garland, Ryan Hall, Craig Hatkoff ’76, Susan Thomson, Nick Kokonas ’91, Jessica Graybill, Brian W. Casey, Nimanthi Rajasingham, John Pumilio, and Alicia Simmons,