Nilgun Anadolu Okur, Ph.D
826 Gladfelter Hall
Teaching And Research Interests:
African American Drama and Protest Literature, Pennsylvania's History of the Underground Railroad, Abolitionists and Anti-Slavery Organizations in Pennsylvania,
Stories from the Underground Railroad
- Ph.D. 1984 American Literature & African American Theater, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (With Distinction)
Doctoral Dissertation: "Toward a New Identity of Manhood as Reflected in Dramatic Works of LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), February, 1984.
- M.A. 1979 American Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (With Honors) Advanced Certificate in English, 1978 University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- B.A. 1977 British Language and Literature, Ankara University, Turkey (Highest Honors)
- German (written and oral proficiency)
- Turkish (written and oral proficiency)
- Greek (oral proficiency)
- Arabic (oral proficiency)
- Anadolu-Okur,Edited and with an Introduction, Women, Islam and Globalization in the Twenty-First Century (United Kingdom:Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).
Anadolu-Okur, Edited and with an Introduction, Essays Interpreting Writings of Novelist Orhan Pamuk (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009).
- Anadolu-Okur, Contemporary African American Theater: Afrocentricity in the Works of Amiri Baraka, Larry Neal and Charles Fuller (New York: Routledge, 1998).
- "Immutability, Stability and Longevity: Contributions of Istanbul's Cultural Landscape to World Cultures" in Alliances of Civilizations, Special Issue; Kennesaw State University, Center for Public Policy, 2010.
- "Transferring the Untransferable: Justice, Community and Dialogue in Elif Safak". Special Issue on Elif Safak, Bilkent Humanities Journal(Ankara: Bilkent University Press, Spring 2010).
- "The Demise of the Great Mother" in Gender Issues. Fall 2005, Volume 22, Nr. 4. Special Issue on Women and Religion. (Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey: Transaction Periodicals Consortium. 6-29.
- Anadolu-Okur, "Ma'at, Afrocentricity and the Critique of African American Drama," in Molefi Kete Asante and Afrocentricity: In Praise and in Criticism, ed. Dhyana Ziegler.(Nashville, Tennessee: Winston-Derek Publishers Group, 1995).
- Anadolu-Okur, Nilgun. "The Unmaking of Dyson's Malcolm X: An Afrocentric Review" Journal of Black Studies, 27:1 (September 1996), pp. 126-139.
Articles in refereed journals:
- "Foremothers Remembered: An Afrocentric Quest into the Works of Lucy Terry and Phyllis Wheatley," The International Journal of Africana Studies: National Council for Black Studies 4:1&2 (December 1996), pp. 39-53.
- "The Beginning Before the Beginning: An Inquiry upon the Origins of Drama" The International Journal of Black Drama 2:1 (Fall 1996), pp.1-6.
- "The Underground Railroad in Philadelphia: 1830-1860" Journal of Black Studies 25:5 (May 1995), pp. 537-557.
- "Marita Golden's Migrations of the Heart: Pilgrimages into Past and Future," Aegean Journal of English and American Studies, Nov. 10, (1995), pp. 67-78.
- "On Women and Literature: An Interview with Marita Golden," Aegean Journal of English and American Studies, Nr. 10 (1995), pp. 79-81.
Honors and Awards:
- Temple University, Community Based Learning (CBL) Course Award, January 2010
- Commonwealth Speaker, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, 1994-2009
- Temple University, CLA Humanities Fellowship (2006)
- Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Temple University (1988-1989)
- Fulbright Award/Graduate Scholarship, Bowling Green State University,
Bowling Green, Ohio, 1978-1979
- Certificate in English, University of Texas at Austin, 1977-1978
- African American History Since 1900's
- Introduction to African American Studies
- Contemporary Black Poetry - PA Literacy Corps & Service Learning Course
- Studies in African American Literature - PA Literacy Corps & Service Learning Course
- Dimensions of Racism
- Mass Media and Black Communication
- Blacks in Cinema
- History of African American Theater
- Literature of Black Power Revolution (Graduate course)
- Readings in Sixties Protest Writing (Graduate course)
- Harlem Renaissance (Graduate course)
- Intellectual Heritage "52" (John Locke, S. Freud, K. Marx, C. Darwin, Romanticism, M.K. Gandhi and Arthur Miller) (1993-2003)
The Department of African American Studies
1115 Polett Walk
810 Gladfelter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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