Coleman Memorial Lecture: The Development and Democratic Challenges of Postcolonial Kenya

Dr. Paul Zeleza examines the forces and factors that led to the 2007 election violence in Kenya. The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Monday, May 10, 2010
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Collins Conference Room
James West Alumni Center
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Zeleza’s latest book, Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues and Dissensions, will be available for purchase, and he will sign copies during the reception.

A complimentary issue of African Arts magazine with the works of African artists featuring President Obama will be distributed first come, first served.

About Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza:

Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, and Presidential Professor of African American Studies and History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Zeleza previously was head of the Department of African American Studies and the Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Director of the Center for African Studies and Professor of History and African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has taught at universities in the United States, Canada, Kenya, Jamaica, and Malawi.  He has also worked as a consultant for the Ford and MacArthur foundations and as an adviser to the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. He was also a past president of the African Studies Association – the largest professional association dedicated to the study of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Dr. Zeleza earned his B.A. from the University of Malawi and an M.A from the University of London, where he studied African history and international relations.  He holds his Ph.D. in economic history from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dr. Zeleza’s academic work has crossed traditional boundaries, ranging from history and economics to human rights and gender studies.  He has published scores of articles and authored or edited more than two dozen books and, and in 1994 was awarded the prestigious Noma Award for his book A Modern Economic History of Africa.  He also edits The Zeleza Post, an online source of news and commentary on the Pan-African world (  His most recent book is titled Barack Obama and African Diasporas: Dialogues And Dissensions (Ohio University Press, 2009).

About James Smoot Coleman:

The Coleman Memorial Lecture is given in honor and memory of Professor James S. Coleman, the founder of the UCLA African Studies Center.  A pioneer in the field of African Studies, Coleman’s capacity for work was extraordinary, and he was among the first American scholars to recognize, understand, and give voice to the significance of the African perspective.  His scholarly contributions were immense and focused largely on nationalism, education, and development theory, but he also wrote on academic freedom and political economy; his works have endured.  Intelligent, warm, and inventive are often words used to describe Coleman.

In 1989, the Center was renamed to honor its founder James S. Coleman, whose pioneering scholarship marks him as one of the architects of African Studies in the United States.

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Cost : Free and open to the public; Pay-by-space and all-day ($10) parking available in lot 6.

For more information please contact:

James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center

Tel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center