Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas

Armstrong Professor Invited to NEH Summer Institute

(April 20, 2011) Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas, assistant professor of communication and coordinator of Armstrong's African American Studies minor, has been invited to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 2011 Summer Seminar/Institute hosted by the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

The institute, “Slaves, Soldiers, Rebels: Currents of Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760-1888," runs from June 27 through July 29. It delves into scholarship in the field of black Atlantic history, offers black diaspora studies and serves as a training ground for college and university faculty members across the country. Visiting scholars from Vanderbilt, Columbia, Duke, Yale, Northwestern, Stanford and other universities, who are leaders in their fields, lead the sessions.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas to work with new material to broaden her knowledge of African American topics that may have influenced our history,” said Tom Cato, head of the Department of Arts, Music & Theatre. “It is quite an honor to be invited to participate in this NEH summer program.”

Attendees at the summer institute will participate in seminars, visit nearby research facilities and sites related to the black experience in the mid Atlantic region, and have access to the library and facilities of Johns Hopkins University. Participation is supported by an NEH grant awarded to Johns Hopkins' Center for Africana Studies.

Desnoyers-Colas' research interests include narrative and story telling in the African American community, as well as issues regarding racial and social identity. In addition to her teaching duties, she serves as coordinator of the African American Studies minor, which allows students to recognize and understand the role that African Americans played in shaping and developing American society. The program's interdisciplinary focus explores the areas of history, literature, politics, religion, the arts and education as they relate to the African American experience.

Desnoyers-Colas holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in communication from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She earned her bachelor's in mass media/journalism from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash.