Professor Philips earned his Ph.D. in History and his MA in African Area Studies from UCLA. While at UCLA he studied under Professor Boniface Obichere. Currently Professor Philips is Professor of International Society, College of Humanities, Hirosaki University.
Professor Philips has taught in the Japanese university system and at two American universities in Japan. Courses taught include English as a Foreign Language, American History, African-American literature, African-American history, World History, American Culture and Society, Modern Africa, English Language Folk Ballads, History and Dialects of English, Comparative Cultures, Topics in Socio-Cultural History, Introduction to Buddhism, and Films of Akira Kurosawa in English.
His ongoing research areas are Revolutions and theories of social change, The Zangon Kataf crisis and the Kaduna riots, and Area Studies in Japan. Regarding Area Studies in Japan, he says, “As a participant observer in area studies (African, American and Middle Eastern) in Japan for over a decade I have developed an interest in the nature, growth and development of area studies in Japan. I also have a strong personal (not to mention family) interest in promoting area studies in Japan, and in improving its links with the outside world. This includes not only the areas of study (e.g. Africa in the case of African studies) but scholars based in other countries who are also studying the area.”
Date: Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10367 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 in $7.
James S. Coleman African Studies Center
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center