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George Orwel's Bio
George Orwel, a member of the African American Studies adjunct faculty, teaches Introduction to African Art and Architecture, and has also taught courses in African Literature and History. An award-winning journalist and author, he has reported the news across three continents for over 20 years. He has conducted interviews with political and business leaders, including the past presidents of Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Prof. Orwel graduated from the University of Nairobi with a BA in Linguistics & Literature in 1992, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with a Master’s Degree in journalism in 1996, and from the Brooklyn Law School with his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 2002. He also trained in global media law and policy at Oxford University in England.
He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in art theory, philosophy and aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). His current area of research is on phenomenology with special focus on Cezanne’s narrative art and Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of art. He’s the author of “Black Gold” (Wiley, 1996).
Leon Waller's Bio
Professor Waller is an Adjunct Professor of African art and culture at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) and the New School for Social Research. He has also served as guest lecturer at many museums and associations on a broad range of topics, but with traditional African religions always a part of the focus. He has more than 30 years of experience handling, researching, and exhibiting traditional African art and artifacts, while also teaching in galleries about the history, culture, religion, and traditions associated with each object: Center for African Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum for African art, and at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. An aritist himself, Professor Waller has worked with both public and private collections and, recently, as an Artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem.
Over the years, his skills as a museum and classroom educator, administrator, and artist have given him a unique understanding about presenting issues related to religion in traditional and contemporary African societies. In the classroom, he has found that storytelling is an effective way of presenting complex philosophical issues related to African religion, art, and culture.
Leon Waller's Bio
Monica L Williams is a NYC based curator, cultural producer, and theater director whose work has been presented at leading performing arts institutions across the United States including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the World Famous Apollo Theater, and the John F. Kennedy Center. She received training in theater and cross-sector art at Wright State University and New York University. With ingenuity, she applies the aesthetics of theater to cultivate new ideas, explore suspension of time, place and memory and blur the lines of what is real vs. imagined to examine human engagement within community. African Diasporic values, traditions and practices are explored in her work and offer a framework for collaboration in youth development, audience engagement and community transformation. She is the recipient of the 2012 Rockwood Leadership Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice and is a member of the Society for Stage directors and choreographers. Her research includes art as a family reunification tool for families of the incarcerated and ways artists balance producing work and family. She is the founder of #LOVEHUSTLE, a global conversation about art. love. family. and the pursuit of dreams. Follow at www.lovehustle.com
Jeannine Foster-McKelvia's Bio
Professor Foster is a theatre artist, director, playwright, and actor. She teaches Black Theatre and Folklore and, on occasion, Contemporary Black Writers and Early Black Writers. Her work has appeared or been performed at the Ensemble Theatre in Houston Texas, the Negro Ensemble Company, the Signature Theatre, Columbia Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), and the Kuntu Repertory Theatre, among other theatrical venues. She enjoys teaching and has participated in the City Tech First Year Learning Community since 2011. Her research interests include early African American Theatre and Performance and examining the images and roles of Black women in theatre and film. Prof. Foster-McKelvia holds a B.A. from Duquesne University and a M.F.A from Sarah Lawrence College. Additionally, she studied theatre with veteran Broadway and television director Ed Sherin and at the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.