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Who We Are

Click here to view video diaries created after completing field research in South Africa.

Atandi Anyona, ’10


Home for Atandi Anyona is Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently double majoring in environmental studies and Africana studies. Anyona applied for Comparative Black Liberation in order that he might study the anti-apartheid and civil rights movements, which he previously understood only in general terms. The ‘History of Black Folk’ is something in which he has always been interested. Anyona hopes to work for an environmental organization and then proceed to graduate school after he graduates from Dickinson College.

James Chapnick, ’10


James Chapnick hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He studies history, focusing on structural violence. Chapnick was attracted to Comparative Black Liberation because of the fieldwork and comparative aspects. Trained in the “paper-trail” historical methodology, he has come to appreciate the historical perspective of oral history interviews. Observing the heightened use of digital scholarship, he looks forward to better quality work from the academy. After Dickinson, Chapnick intends to conduct research, work in a museum, and eventually study for a Ph.D. in history.

Kyle Coston, ’09


History major Kyle Coston is from Philadelphia, PA. He was attracted to his major because he has a strong interest in African-American history. Coursework led him to take a class on the anti-apartheid movement. Studying it helped him view discrimination, oppression, and colonization with a less personal, more objective perspective than he had previously. After he graduates from Dickinson College, Coston is contemplating pursuing a career in the record industry, joining the Peace Corps, or working towards a master’s degree in public policy or social work.

Corinthia Jacobs, ’11


Corinthia Jacobs was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and is now attending Dickinson College. She is pursuing an International Studies major with a concentration in Africa, with a possible minor in history. Her interest in Comparative Black Liberation echoes her deep connection with her African roots. South African history specifically interested her because while she was aware of the anti-apartheid struggle, she never had the opportunity to learn about it in-depth.  After graduating, she plans to work in the Peace Corps and attend law school, in hopes of practicing international law, specifically helping people in Africa.

Ryan Koons, ’10


Music history major Ryan Koons has performed traditional music for most of his life. He applied to participate in Comparative Black Liberation in order to study ethnomusicology and examine the musics and cultures of the anti-apartheid and civil rights movements through a comparative lens. After Dickinson, Koons intends to continue his study of ethnomusicology in graduate school.

Tiffany Mane, ’10


Tiffany Mane lives in New York City and was born in the Dominican Republic. She is an American Studies major with a concentration in Comparative Race, Ethnicity and, Education Stratification. Tiffany’s interest in comparative history led her to Comparative Black Liberation, an interest heavily influenced by her major. Consequently, she was particularly interested in comparing South African and United States history. She noted that both cultures have had oppressive governments and social structures and wanted to learn about the similarities and differences between the two systems and what those experiences meant to real people using oral history. After graduating, she plans on furthering her career in comparative oral history, obtaining a Masters’ degree and Ph.D. in American Studies and, eventually becoming a professor.

Max Paschall, ’11


Max Paschall resides near Philadelphia, PA. Although he is currently undeclared, he intends to major in Middle Eastern studies and continue his inquiry into the postcolonial developing world and social liberation. Paschall grabbed the opportunity to participate in Comparative Black Liberation in order to examine black liberation movements and compare the South Africans/African-American music through an interdisciplinary lens.

Flosha Tejada, ’11


Flosha Tejada was born in the Dominican Republic, reared in New York City, and currently resides in North Carolina. American Studies and Education fascinate her. Originally drawn to Comparative Black Liberation by a desire to experience South Africa, she now finds learning about the two different liberation movements and speaking with people who actually experienced them the most exciting and interesting aspects of the project. Tejada is unsure of her post-Dickinson plans, but is sure she will have it figured out by the time she graduates.

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