Awards Reception and Lecture

The annual Asian Studies Honors Week Lecture and Awards Presentation will be Tuesday, April 1 at 3:30 pm in Woods Hall 115. Dr. Nikhil Bilwakesh (UA English) will present “W.D. Fard and the Afrocentric Asian in America.” He will argue that Fard, via Elijah Muhammad’s writings within the US based Nation of Islam, offers one of the most creative literary negotiations of race and geography in early twentieth-century Asian and Asian-American studies, with a legacy in the work of rap artists like Nas and Rakim. The 2014 Asian Studies Outstanding Student and Research Awards will be presented at the lecture, with a reception following.