Oberlin College and Conservatory

Bridging The Gap: African Immigrants and Black American Culture

Thursday, February 21 at 7:30pm

Afrikan Heritage House (Lord-Saunders), Lord Lounge
126 Forest Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Barbara Thelamour, assistant professor of psychology at the College of Wooster,  will present her mixed-methods research on how African immigrants are perceived to adjust to black American culture.

This research is grounded in acculturation psychology, where immigrant adjustment is theorized to be some balance of adopting the new culture while maintaining the native culture.

Thelamour will discuss how black Americans perceive African immigrants to adjust to “blackness,’’ and will present findings on how African immigrants see their own adjustment, based on their definitions of black American culture. After a side-by-side comparison, she will end with directions for her future work in this area.

This talk is in recognition of the 2019 Black History Month theme of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Black Migrations. ASALH was founded by scholar Carter G. Woodson, who, in 1926, established Negro History Week, now known as Black History Month. 

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Signature Programs, Black History Month, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops


Academic, Africana Studies, Comparative American Studies, Psychology



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Candice Raynor

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