Hair: An Expression of African Culture and Agency
Featuring Dr. Kimani Nehusi, Dr. Symone Johnson, and Professor Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez
Dr. Kimani Nehusi
Kimani S. K. Nehusi currently teaches in the Department of Afrikology at Temple University. His scholarship is distinguished by strong interests in the Afrocentric study of the Afrikan World, from ancient times to the future, as well as of the Caribbean and Guyana.
Dr. Symone Johnson
Dr. Symone Johnson is an anthropologist, writer, and Assistant Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. In the folklore tradition, Johnson collects and writes about the interminglings of traditional and contemporary African American healing and care modalities, social ecology and the social life of the outdoors, surrealist expressive culture and politics. She has taught courses including “Black Feminist Theory”, “Anthropology of the African Diaspora”, and “Zora Neale Hurston: Folklore Fiction and Feminism”. Privately, she is an active cyclist, singer, and lover of the arts.
Professor Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez
Sheryl Tucker de Vazquez is a practicing architect and the Interim Director of Interior Architecture at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design. Tucker de Vazquez's interdisciplinary studio focuses primarily on working with non profits in marginalized communities.
Tucker de Vazquez architecture has received multiple design awards and grants.
Most recently, Ms Tucker de Vazquez received a Graham foundation grant as the principal investigator for The Hair Salon: Translating Black Hair Care Practices Using Computational Design Methods.