25th Anniversary of the AAS Ph.D. Program Speaker Event: Dr. Adeniyi Coker, E Desmond Lee Endowed Professor and 1st Person to Recieve a Doctorate in AAS from Temple
Dr. Coker was the first person to receive a doctorate from Temple’s African-American Studies program – which is the first doctoral program of this kind in the world.
Dr. Adeniyi Coker, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, has been the head of three African-American studies departments: the University of Wyoming, Eastern Illinois University, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also made a documentary, Black Studies, USA, about the field’s history. He was given a distinguished appointment at the University of Missouri at St. Louis to pursue his research, writing, and directing of theatrical works. He has published several books on theater and playwrights as well as a powerful work on Fela. Coker also runs the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, now in its sixth year, which travels from St. Louis to Alabama, Kansas, Barbados, Cameroon, London, and Nigeria.
*Special thanks to our supporters: the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate School, and the Departments of Anthropology, History and Sociology.