IUPUI professor will present keynote speech at conference in Nigeria

Bessie House-Soremekun, Ph.D., will present a keynote speech at the second Toyin Falola Annual International Conference on Africa and the African Diaspora today (July 2) in Lagos, Nigeria. The topic is “Rethinking the African Diaspora in the Era of Globalization: Building Economic Capacity for the 21st Century and Beyond.”
House-Soremekun is the director of Africana studies; the Public Scholar in African American Studies, Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship; professor of political science and Africana studies; and the founding executive director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, all in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The Toyin Falola conference will take place at the Excellence Hotel and Conference Center and is being organized by the Ibadan Cultural Studies Group, University of Ibadan, in collaboration with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization.

House-Soremekun’s activities also include delivering two public lectures during the trip to Africa. She presented “African American Entrepreneurship Throughout History: Implications for Africa” at the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on June 29. She is to speak on “Enhancing Entrepreneurial Capacity and Sustainable Development Initiatives in Southwest Nigeria: A Pilot Study of Abeokuta (Ogun State) and Akure (Ondo State) in Nigeria” at the University of Ibadan on Thursday, July 5.

House-Soremekun is an award-winning author, inventor and entrepreneur, as well as an internationally recognized scholar, expert and advocate on entrepreneurship and economic development. She has made more than 100 public presentations that include public lectures, keynote speeches and workshops to academic and lay audiences in the United States and other countries, including Nigeria and Russia. The recipient of numerous honors, accolades and awards, she was recently honored for her exemplary public service activities and presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award at the University of Texas at Austin.