GRIOT: A central figure in many West African cultures. Historically, the griot held many functions, including community historian, cultural critic, indigenous artist and collective spokesperson. The Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures provides faculty, staff and student intellectual and creative engagement with the interdisciplinary investigation of the cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies and arts of Africa and the African diaspora.
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Cymone Fourshey is the acting director of the Griot Institute. The Griot Institute Advisory Committee consists of faculty, staff and emeriti who help to guide the Griot's narrative.
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Carmen Gillespie was the founder and director of the Griot Institute until her unexpected passing on Aug. 30, 2019. A memorial honoring Carmen was held at Bucknell University on Sept. 28, 2019.
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