On Spiritual Strivings

On Spiritual Strivings : Transforming an African American Woman's Academic Life

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This engaging book offers a personal look at how centering spirituality in an academic life transforms its very foundations--its epistemology, paradigm, and methods--and becomes the site for spiritual healing and service to the world. Focusing primarily on her work in Ghana, West Africa, Cynthia B. Dillard presents a unique perspective on Africa as a site for transformative possibilities for African American academics/scholars and explores the deeper spiritual meanings of being "African." Through poetry, personal narrative, meditations, and journal entries, Dillard shares her experiences as an African American scholar and, in the process, provides a concrete example of what W. E. B. Du Bois called "spiritual strivings."
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  • Hardback | 154 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16.51mm | 336g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791468119
  • 9780791468111

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"The author offers a clear meaning of spirituality and its application to our lives (is academics, and she does something that no other writer has done: she shows how and why transformation is needed in the academy, for the academician. Dillard journeys between Ghana and the United States, but she settles in a place of peace and clarity that opens its door to all of us. At a time when academicians across the disciplines are wondering what happened to the soul of the academy, we need this book. At a time when feminist scholarship is losing currency, we need this book."
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About Cynthia B. Dillard

Cynthia B. Dillard is Associate Professor of Education at The Ohio State University. In June 2001 the community of Mpeasem, Ghana, honored her efforts in building a community center and preschool there by enstooling her as Queen Mother Nana Mansa II, during a traditional African ritual ceremony.
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