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‘Africans and Supernatural Powers’ Is Topic of All-Day Conference at LIU Brooklyn, 11/9

This Africa Forum can be attended for free or taken for one course credit


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – “Africans and Supernatural Powers,” an all-day event at LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 9, will feature a panel discussion led by African students who say they have experienced events beyond normal explanation.

Part of the annual Africa Forum organized by Yusuf Juwayeyi, associate professor of anthropology at LIU Brooklyn, “Africans and Supernatural Powers” is free and open to the public, unless it is being taken for one course credit in sociology/anthropology. It will be held in the Library Learning Center, Room 122, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Africa Forum — organized by Yusuf Juwayeyi, associate professor of anthropology at LIU Brooklyn — is designed to sensitize students, faculty and community members about various issues that affect Africa.

“This year’s topic was chosen, in order to enable our students to compare African supernatural beliefs and those of other cultures world-wide,” Juwayeyi said.

In the morning session, there will be a presentation, “Africans and Supernatural Powers,” given by Michael Bokor, assistant professor of English at LIU Brooklyn. Bokor’s presentation will be followed by the panel discussion with African students who say they have experienced supernatural events.

The afternoon session will include a screening of the film, “The Hour of Grace,” parts 1 and 2, after which Bokor will lead a general discussion moderated by Juwayeyi.

Previous Africa Forum topics have included: “The Problem of HIV/AIDS in Africa and New York City,” “Africa and America: Trans-Atlantic Music Crossing,” “Women and Political Power in Africa,” and “Nollywood: The Nigerian Movie Industry.”

For more information, contact professor Yusuf Juwayeyi, department of sociology/anthropology by phone at 718-488-1168 or email

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Posted 10/26/2012

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