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Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program at BSC

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    Wednesday, February 03 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Dr. Oluwafemi Faseun of Nigeria, Fulbright Scholar in Residence at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, will address students of literature, history, and sociology at Bluefield State College and students of music and other disciplines at Bluefield College on February 11 and 12, 2010, respectively.

On Thursday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Bluefield State College’s Hardway Library, Dr. Faseun will discuss Nigerian culture and traditions in Dr. Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi’s English class. At 2:00 p.m. in BSC’s Basic Sciences Building, Room 304, Dr. Faseun will discuss major political events of Nigeria in Dr. David Haus’s American History; and at 4:00 p.m. in Room 109 in the same building, Dr. Faeun will discuss Nigerian culture and its effects on her musical practices in Dr. Anthony Woat’s sociology class.

On Friday, February 12, Dr. Faseun will participate in Craig Hammond’s community events talk show at 8:00 a.m. on 1440AM Radio. At 9:00 a.m. in Bluefield College’s Harman Chapel, Dr. Faseun will discuss the historical development of music practices in the Nigerian Church and at 10:00 a.m. at the same venue, he will do a lecture-demonstration for Bluefield College’s students, faculty, and administration about the use of musical instruments in Nigerian music making and communication (Dundun Drums).

Area musicians and interested community residents are invited to these free presentations. Dr. Oluwafemi Faseun earned his doctoral degree in ethnomusicology at Nigeria’s Obafemi Awolowo University and has published his scholarship in numerous Nigerian and international scholarly journals as well as shared his research at numerous international venues.

George Bowling of Bluefield will host Dr. Faseun in his home, for which BSC’s Office of International Initiatives is extremely grateful. Short home stays for visiting scholars allow them learn more about our community and culture.

Dr. Faseun’s visit to Bluefield State College and Bluefield College, is part of the Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program which relies on the willingness of host institutions of Fulbright Scholars in Residence to share their scholars with other US institutions of higher education. The Fulbright Scholars in Residence Program is funded by the US Department of State and managed by the Council of International Exchange of Scholars, a subsidiary of the New York-based Institute for International Education.

This project is additionally being presented by Bluefield State College’s Office of International Initiatives, with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this news release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Working in collaboration with the BSC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Bluefield College’s Music Departments, BSC’s Office of International Initiatives is coordinating this activity that helps to infuse the international dimension into area college’s offerings. For further information about this and similar activities in the future, please contact Dr. Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi, Office of International Initiatives at or call (304) 327-4036.

Submitted by Office of International Initiatives