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Obama and Kenya: Book Launch and Film Screening

October 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower
Key Contact:Dr. Blair Rutherford

The Institute of African Studies presents a book launch and a film concerning President Obama and Kenya on Friday, October 14th at 2:30pm in 2017 Dunton Tower.

First, there will be a book launch and discussion of Obama and Kenya: Contested Histories and the Politics of Belonging by  Matthew Carotenuto and Katherine Luongo (2016, Ohio University Press) with Matthew Carotenuto ( associate professor of History and coordinator of African Studies, St. Lawrence University).

Obama & Kenya Book CoverObama & Kenya, Contested Histories and the Politics of Belonging

Barack Obama’s political ascendancy has focused considerable global attention on the history of Kenya generally and the history of the Luo community particularly. From politicos populating the blogosphere and bookshelves in the U.S and Kenya, to tourists traipsing through Obama’s ancestral home, a variety of groups have mobilized new readings of Kenya’s past in service of their own ends. Matthew Carotenuto and Katherine Luongo argue that efforts to cast Obama as a “son of the soil” of the Lake Victoria basin invite insights into the politicized uses of Kenya’s past.

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