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Dartmouth College’s Antonio Tillis, a specialist in Latin American, Afro-Latin American, and African Diaspora literatures, will deliver the spring 2014 African Diaspora lecture on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center.

The Stone Center is at 150 South Road on the Carolina campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His subspecialties include Black transnational migration in the Americas and in the Caribbean basin from slavery to contemporary times and US Afro-Latino studies. He is a past president of the College Language Association (CLA), editor of PALARA (Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association) and a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil (2009-2010). He has held international visiting positions at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica), and had delivered lectures in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Panama, Jamaica, Trinidad, Sweden, France, England, Brazil, Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ghana, and China.

Tillis has published numerous articles in journals such as The Afro-Hispanic Review, Callaloo, the Hispanic Journal, Mosaic Journal, CLAJ and Transit Circle. His current project focuses on the literary treatment of U.S. Afro-Latino populations.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Tillis is associate professor and chair of the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He received the B.S. in Spanish and English from Vanderbilt University, the M.A. in Peninsular Spanish Literature with a focus on the Civil War of Spain from Howard University, and the PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Romance Languages and Literatures.

The African Diaspora lecture will also include discussion with Stone Center Scholar-in-Residence and award-winning Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Ara├║jo.

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Published Feb. 21, 2014