Cheyney Uni­ver­sity hosts Ful­bright Scholar from South Africa

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CHEYNEY >> Cheyney Uni­ver­sity’s Of­fice of In­ter­na­tional Pro­grams is host­ing Ful­bright Scholar in Res­i­dence, Dr. Lu­vuyo Don­dolo, se­nior cu­ra­tor of the Alder Mu­seum of Medicine at the Uni­ver­sity of Wit­wa­ter­srand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Don­dolo’s res­i­dency at Cheyney is aimed at en­hanc­ing the ef­forts of the Uni­ver­sity in the in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion of its cur­ricu­lum, in­creas­ing the ex­po­sure of Cheyney stu­dents to in­ter­na­tional stud­ies, as well as to the ex­per­tise of Cheyney fac­ulty in the area of in­ter­na­tional schol­ar­ship.

“I’m def­i­nitely ex­cited to be here,” said Dr. Don­dolo. The last time he was in the United States was 2001-02 when he stud­ied Pub­lic His­tory, Mu­se­ums, Her­itage & African His­tory on a Rock­e­feller Fel­low­ship at Emory Uni­ver­sity in At­lanta, Ga.

Dr. Norma Ge­orge, Di­rec­tor of Cheyney’s Of­fice of In­ter­na­tional Pro­grams and in­ter­na­tional stu­dent advisor, is glad to have him here at her alma mater, Amer­ica’s first HBCU (His­tor­i­cally Black Col­lege or Uni­ver­sity). She sub­mit­ted a pro­posal to the Coun­cil for the In­ter­na­tional Ex­change of Schol­ars af­ter meet­ing Dr. Don­dolo last sum­mer while she par­tic­i­pated in a Ful­bright Hays Group Project abroad to South Africa. That project was in­tended to give U.S. ed­u­ca­tors the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with their South African coun­ter­parts in ex­plor­ing the coun­try’s path from Apartheid to Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

“Dr. Don­dolo is a his­to­rian with spe­cial­iza­tions in pub­lic his­tory, her­itage stud­ies and muse­ol­ogy,” ex­plains Dr. Ge­orge. “He has done ex­ten­sive work in cu­ra­tor­ship, ar­chives, in­tel­lec­tual tra­di­tion, col­lec­tive mem­ory, and cul­tural tourism, with spe­cial fo­cus on the Apartheid years and the tran­si­tion of South Africa to democ­racy.”

Dur­ing the 2016-17 aca­demic year, Dr. Don­dolo will be a guest lec­turer in a va­ri­ety of classes across de­part­ments at Cheyney. In ad­di­tion, he will make pre­sen­ta­tions at Uni­ver­sity-wide events and col­lab­o­rate with Dr. Ge­orge on de­vel­op­ing the his­tor­i­cal back­ground for a course on South African Lit­er­a­ture that she is cre­at­ing based on work that she did while in South Africa. There are also plans to have Dr. Don­dolo teach an in­for­mal con­ver­sa­tional class in an African lan­guage. He is a na­tive speaker of IsiXhosa, and is flu­ent in IsiZulu and Afrikaans as well as English.

“Most im­por­tantly, given Dr. Don­dolo’s ex­per­tise in pub­lic his­tory and muse­ol­ogy, the Uni­ver­sity hopes to take ad­van­tage of his pres­ence on cam­pus to help in the preser­va­tion of Cheyney Uni­ver­sity’s his­tory as the first in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion founded for peo­ple of African de­scent in the United States,” Dr. Ge­orge says. “While there is wide­spread recog­ni­tion and some writ­ten doc­u­men­ta­tion of the in­sti­tu­tion’s his­tor­i­cal role and sig­nif­i­cance, no per­ma­nent ex­hibit ex­ists of the in­sti­tu­tion’s his­tory or its role in Amer­i­can higher ed­u­ca­tion. Given that Cheyney Uni­ver­sity is near­ing its 180th an­niver­sary, es­tab­lish­ing a per­ma­nent ex­hibit would be an in­valu­able ed­u­ca­tional tool for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the na­tion, and would greatly en­hance the pos­ter­ity of the in­sti­tu­tion for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit the website at www.cheyney.edu

Dr. Frank G. Pogue, Cheyney Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia In­terim Pres­i­dent (left), presents a copy of “A Liv­ing Leg­end: A His­tory of Cheyney Uni­ver­sity,” by Char­lene Cony­ers, to Cheyney’s Ful­bright Scholar in Res­i­dence, Dr. Lu­vuyo Don­dolo (right), se­nior cu­ra­tor of the Alder Mu­seum of Medicine at the Uni­ver­sity of Wit­wa­ter­srand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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