Vanier College is proud to announce that Olufemi (Femi) Vaughan, the Alfred Sargent Lee and Mary Ames Lee Professor of African Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts. will be speaking at Vanier on Tuesday, October 16, from 1 pm to 2:30, on Religion, Nigeria and the Rise of Boko Haram. Dr. Vaughan, who is a guest speaker for the Vanier College Social Science Festival running from October 15 to the 19th, will be discussing the role of religion in relation to Nigerian politics and the rise of Boko Haram. This will be a rare opportunity to learn first-hand about the situation in Nigeria and its repercussions in the surrounding area.
Professor Olufemi Vaughan is the author and editor of ten books and over eighty scholarly articles and reviews, including: Religion and the Making of Nigeria (Duke University Press, 2016; 2017 Nigerian Studies Association Book Prize) and Nigerian Chief Traditional Power in Modern Politics, 1890s-1990s (University of Rochester Press, 2000; 2001 Cecil B. Curry Book Prize – Association of Global South Studies).
He was professor of African Studies and History, and Associate Provost at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and Geoffrey Canada Professor of African Studies and History and Director of Africana Studies in Bowdoin College.
Professor Vaughan is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Nigeria, senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Methods, Sources and Historiography in African History, and a member of the advisory council of the Africa Program, Wilson Center.
He is the recipient of several professional awards, including a Wilson National Fellowship Wilson Public Policy fellowships, Ford Foundation fellowships, a Distinguished Scholars Award of the Association of Global South Studies, and a State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence Teaching.
The talk will take place in the Vanier Auditorium and is open to the public.