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Keynote Speaker for LeadLearn

Dr. Halifu Osumare is Professor Emerita in the Department of African American and African Studies  (AAS) at University of California, Davis, and was the Director of AAS 2011-2014. She has been a  dancer, choreographer, arts administrator, and scholar of black popular culture for over forty years. With  a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and an MA in Dance Ethnology  from S.F. State University, she is also a protégé of the late renowned dancer-anthropologist Katherine  Dunham and a Certified Instructor of Dunham Dance Technique. 

As an artist-scholar, Dr. Osumare has performed, taught, and conducted research not only in the U.S.,  but also in the African countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, and Kenya, and recently in Brazil. Her  dancing, teaching and writing spans the traditional African to the contemporary African American. She  has been recognized as one of the foremost scholars of global hip-hop, publishing The Africanist  Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves in 2007 and, and The Hiplife in Ghana: West African  Indigenization of Hip-Hop in 2012, resulting from her 2008 Fulbright Fellowship at the University of  Ghana, Legon. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on hip-hop, dance, black  choreographers, and Katherine Dunham

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