Meet the Keynote Speaker

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Cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, Dr. Sheila S. Walker is Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a non-profit organization that is developing documentary films and educational materials about the global African Diaspora. She has done fieldwork, lectured, consulted, and participated in cultural events in most of Africa and the Diaspora, and has numerous scholarly and popular publications. Her most recent works are the documentary, Slave Routes: A Global Vision, produced for the UNESCO Slave Route Project, and an edited book, Conocimiento desde adentro: Los afrosudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y sus historias/Afro-South Americans Speak of their People and their Stories, featuring articles by Afrodescendants from all the Spanish-speaking countries of South America. She also edited the volume African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas and produced the documentary Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora based on the international conference she organized, with the support of UNESCO, on “The African Diaspora and the Modern World.” Dr. Walker was Director of the Center for African and African American Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, then Director of the African Diaspora and the World Program and Professor of Anthropology at Spelman College.