November 8, 2011

Dear ASWAD members and friends,


We have just concluded our Sixth Biennial Conference in Pittsburgh, which proved to be a wonderful success thanks to the contributions and energies of all our presenters, organizers, exhibitors, and community partners.  The caliber of the scholarship, the collegiality of participants, and the sense of shared mission are hallmarks of ASWAD conferences that create for a vibrant and meaningful exchange, and this conference certainly was rich in that regard.  ASWAD's continued growth as an institution dedicated to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge about the African diaspora is a collective project, and we could not succeed without all that each of you bring to that effort.


The Executive Board would like to extend special thanks to the Program Committee, the Local Arrangements committee, and our institutional partners for their outstanding work in bringing the conference together.  Additionally, we were especially appreciative of the powerful address delivered by our keynote speaker, Dr. Micere M. Githae Mugo.  Finally, we thank and recognize the contributions of our outgoing Executive Board members, and our outgoing director, Dr. Abena P.A. Busia.


As we move forward, we will be working to implement many of the suggestions raised at the conference, both formally and informally, to help ASWAD fulfill its mission even more effectively.  I look forward to working with all of you towards that end.


We also look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the next ASWAD conference, to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2013.  We will be posting further details on that conference in the coming months.


On behalf of the entire Executive Board, thank you again for your continuing support of ASWAD.




Kim D. Butler

Director, ASWAD