The History of Griot

International Education Week Celebrates Africa | November 10, 2010

International Education Week is November 14-20, 2010.  As part of the week of celebration at Xavier University, the Ofice of Multicultural Affairs will host The History of the Griot.  The three day program provides an opportunity for individuals to experience and learn about the the art of African storytelling.  A griot serves as the historian in African villages and gives the oral history of family traditions as well as stories pertaining to several topics such as education, politics, community and spirituality. The series will take place in Gallagher Center Room 280, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM on all three days. 

Guest and topics include:

Monday, November 15
Topic: Culture & Identity
Speakers: Ms. Vonnya Thomas, Bursar Office and Ebenezer Ayesu, Visiting Instructor, History

Wednesday, November 17
Topic: Communtiy
Speakers: Mr. Pickett Slater Harrington, Community Building Institute

Friday, November 19
Topic: Spirituality
Speakers: Dr. Anna Ghee, Associate Professor, Psychology

For more information on this or other programs and services, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs directly at 513-745-3181 or

Xavier University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, a department in the Division of Student Life and Leadership, exists to help the University realize its diversity goals.  Multicultural Affairs provides services and programs to enrich the academic, cultural and social experiences of Xavier students.